Jersey City’s largest Italian-American Festival, La Festa Italiana, is returning this week beginning on August 10th. This 5-night downtown Jersey City festival, which runs through August 14th, will include food, drinks, musical entertainment, and more — and it runs from 5:00PM to 11:00PM each evening. Read on to learn more about La Festa Italiana, located at 344 Sixth Street in Jersey City.
(Photo credits: La Festa Italiana)
About La Festa Italiana
La Festa Italiana is held at Holy Rosary Church and has been around for over a century, celebrating Italian Heritage, food, and faith. Holy Rosary Church was actually the very first Italian Church in New Jersey and was a landing point for countless Italian immigrants who ventured to NJ during the early 1900s. The festival, commonly referred to as ‘The Feast,’ dates back to 1902 and included both religious events and a street festival with food + music.
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Now, for five days every mid-August, the Italian Street Festival returns to celebrate Italian-American Culture with great local food, music, carnival games, and more. The festival typically culminates in a mass on the last day followed by a street parade and marching band.
What to Expect
As always, there will be a mix of food from local vendors, drinks, carnival games, and musical performances at this five-day festival.
At 7:00PM each night of the festival, there will be live music performing on the Mainstage — and La Festa Italiana recommends pairing the music with a sausage + pepper sandwich as well as a beer to enjoy the festivities.
The following musicians will be performing:
- Wednesday, August 10th: BStreetBand, A Springsteen Tribute Band
- Thursday, August 11th: The Counterfeiters, An East Coast Cover Band
- Friday, August 12th: The Toga Party Band, Covering Top 40 Hits from Over the Years
- Saturday, August 13th: The Cameos, 50s/60s Doo-Wop + Motown Band
- Sunday, August 14th: Total Soul, A Mix of Four-Part Vocal Harmony
While there is no specific parking for this event, there will be street parking available starting from 5PM on. There is also a Jersey Citi Citibike station on Brunswick + Sixth Streets as well as Monmouth + Sixth Streets.
You can learn more about this event here.