Little Italy Festa Highlights
The 20th annual FESTA! celebration will be in historic Little Italy district of San Diego, on Sunday, October 11, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and will be a day filled with live entertainment, food, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk), neighborhood stickball and bocce ball games and more, all in celebration of one of the most celebrated and iconic neighborhoods not only in San Diego, but in the country. More than 120,000 people from from all over the WORLD to celebrate in the country’s largest Italian homecoming.
In 1994, an annual festival was planned in Little Italy to celebrate the culture and Italian heritage that this San Diego community created, as an official neighborhood in the urban metropolis. Now, 20 years later, Little Italy is bigger, stronger and more exciting than ever and the Festa! is an annual event that draws crowds from all around the count.
Festa highlights include:
- Italian food served al fresco throughout the neighborhood reflecting a wide variety of specialties
- Music on 3 stages featuring the familiar and the new
- Cooking demonstrations at the Mercato Stage
- Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) chalk art painting before your eyes
- Chalk art for kids
- Kids Fun Zone with inflatables, face painting, balloon art
- Stickball Exhibition Game
- Bocce Ball Tournament
This year’s FESTA! will feature live music on three separate stages featuring both the familiar, and the new artists that are sure to keep this celebration going throughout the day and into the night. The Italian homecoming celebration will also have cooking demonstrations from Little Italy’s best chefs.
The Gesso Italiano, also known as Italian Chalk art, is arguably the most notable activity during Little Italy’s FESTA! Gesso Italiano is one of the largest sidewalk art chalk displays in the country and paints chalk masterpieces right before your eyes. The artwork will transform the streets of Little Italy into an art exhibition for all to witness and marvel at.