Everybody needs a little Italian in their life from time to time, so get ready for the annual San Gennaro Feast. Every September, Little Italy hosts the 11-day-long celebration in honor of Patron Saint of Naples. There are activities, live music performances, and street vendors. You can watch the famous cannoli-eating competition, so don’t feel bad about trying out some cannoli yourself.
Even better, Little Italy’s restaurants and pastry shops will set up outdoor dining facilities, so you can be in the middle of it all, while enjoying a variety of Italian specialties. Click here for more information about Little Italy.
In 2017, the Feast of San Gennaro is from September 14 through September 24. The festivities start every day at 11:30am and ends at 11pm (Sundays through Thursdays) and 12am midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
At the Festival Main Stage at Grand and Mott Streets, there will be free entertainment every night from 7:00pm to 9:30pm as well as free music and/or food demonstrations and lectures every afternoon between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. For a complete schedule of events, click here.
Where is the Festival?
The main street of the festival is Mulberry Street, between Canal Street and Houston Street. Other side streets take part in the festivities as well. It takes place east to west on Grand Street, between Mott and Baxter Street, and east to west on Hester Street, between Mott and Baxter Streets.
How to get here by subway?
Take the Q train to Canal Street or the 6 train to Spring Street and walk 5-6 minutes. Use this link to get directions from your point of departure to the heart of the festival.
This tradition of the San Gennaro Feast in New York City was started in 1926 by immigrants from Naples, Italy, who had settled in the area that today is called Little Italy. Back in the day, the feast took place on September 19, and only lasted one day. Today, September 19th remains special with religious processions and masses, but the whole San Gennaro Feast lasts for over a week now and lets its visitors in on much culture, fun and festivities.