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Festa Italia

Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Sep 9 - 11 2022
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  • Location: Custom House Plaza, Monterey State Historic Park , Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA
  • Phone: (831) 633-4444
  • Price: Free
  • Description:

    Save the date for the 88th Festa Italia, celebrating Monterey’s Italian heritage and cultural traditions. Join us for this special festival honoring the local fishermen of Monterey, both past and present.

    This popular family friendly free event shares the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian experience so special. It is a celebrated festival each year drawing locals and visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. It features three days of authentic Italian cuisine, great music, dancing, fun and friendship. The delicious flavors of Italy are enjoyed by attendees with tasty food offerings (for purchase) including calamari, steak and sausage sandwiches, pasta, arancini, cannoli and more, as well as wine, beer, sodas and water. There is also an array of Italian and Festa Italia-themed merchandise as well as vendors selling crafts and more.

    The first Festa Italia in Monterey was celebrated in 1933 when a statue of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Sicilian fishermen, was donated to the San Carlos Cathedral. Sicilian fisherman would pray to their patron saint for a safe journey and bountiful harvest. It is important that we remember our cultural heritage and pass it on to future generations. Festa Italia celebrates these traditions and keep our stories, old and new, alive to ensure that our heritage is never lost. Everyone is welcome to join in at this fun, festive event!

    Bocce Tournament – Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th at the bocce courts at the Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park. Tickets are sold for raffles for a variety of prizes (need not be present to win)

    Schedule of Events:

    Friday, September 9th – 3 pm – 9 pm; featuring live entertainment from The Money Band from 5 pm – 9 pm.

    Saturday, September 10th – 10 am – 9 pm; Opening Ceremonies and Procession to Old Fisherman’s Wharf for the traditional blessing of the fishing fleet followed by entertainment and all event activities from 11 am – 9 pm. See schedule of performances below:  

    • Pasquale Esposito, an Italian born American Tenor
    • Anthony Lane Band
    • Singers Erasmo Aiello and Dave Marzetti accompanied by Mike Marotta, Jr., Dennis Murphy, Dave Dally, Paul Tarantino, and Skylar Campbell   
    • Tarantella Dancers  
    • Anthony Lane Band – 5 pm – 7 pm
    • Chicano All Stars – 7 pm – 9 pm

    Sunday, September 11th – 10 am – 6 pm; featuring live entertainment beginning at 12 pm, including the following performances:

    • Pasquale Esposito
    • Anthony Lane Band
    • Singers Erasmo Aiello and Dave Marzetti accompanied by Mike Marotta, Jr., Dennis Murphy, Dave Dally, Paul Tarantino, and Skylar Campbell
    • Tarantella Dancers  

     

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Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

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