Live Italian entertainment, music and dancing, Italian food, and remarkable Gesso Italiano (chalk art) drawings coloring the streets are some of the many 21st annual FESTA! activities in San Diego’s iconic Little Italy district 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, October 11. The event replaces the annual Sicilian Festival which has merged with the Little Italy Association to create the largest Italian cultural festival in the U.S.
FESTA! 2015 showcases everything Little Italy has achieved, its many community offerings, features and extraordinary ambience that makes this community so special. Hundreds of thousands are expected to celebrate throughout the 48-square-block area filled with Italian food served al fresco, cooking demonstrations, music on three stages, an Italian Motorsports Show with classic cars and bikes, a stickball demonstration, bocce ball tournament, colorful flag procession, and kids’ fun zone. Among the many participating restaurants are Ironside, Civico, Buon Apetito, Café Zucchero, and Little Italy Mercato.
At a time when many traditional Italian neighborhoods are fading, San Diego’s Little Italy continues to thrive and expand, attracting visitors worldwide. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its members interests in the areas of beautification, promotion, economic development, public safety, and preserving the distinctive cultural resources that define San Diego’s Little Italy. LIA is the only management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the U.S. and is run by a Board of Directors of property owners, residents, businesses and the community at large.
For directions, parking, information and locations of the various events, click here.
Photos by Paul Nester.