Get ready for one of NYC’s largest annual festival, and one of its most tasty events. The 95th annual Feast of San Gennaro takes over Little Italy and parts of Chinatown for ten days with music and dancing, games, cooking demonstrations, an endless supply of great food and local celebrities.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this year’s feast is in honor of all of NYC’s First Responders and their families. Grand Marshall for the 2021 Feast of San Gennaro is is NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.
What most of us call the San Gennaro Festival features:
More than 200 vendors include some of the neighborhood’s most famous restaurants serving up everything from sausage and peppers and pizza to zeppoles and gelato. And there are eating contests for most of them:
- canolli eating contest on Sept. 17th
- zeppole eating contest on Sept. 22nd
- pizza eating contest on Sept. 24th
- meatball eating contest on Sept. 26th
There is FREE music entertainment every night from 7PM to 9:30PM, including the 25th Annual Enrico Caruso Opera Night. Plus live radio broadcasts by WCBS 101.1 FM Radio, hosted by Joe Causi,
What started as a one-day event to honor the patron saint of Naples, the San Gennaro Festival now includes carnival games and rides and other kid-friendly activities, a world-famous cannoli-eating competition, and an ongoing schedule of free music performances that range from opera to Doo Wop.
In addition to the food and fun, this is a religious celebration, centered around Sept. 19th, the official Saint Day, with a celebratory Mass at Most Precious Blood Church and a religious procession through the streets.
Everything supports nearly three dozen charities, including the Bowery Mission, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Stephen Siller Foundation and local Catholic charities. Since 1996, the festival has donated more than $2 Million to these charities.
See the full daily event schedule here.
The San Gennaro Festival is centered on Mullberry Street, the heart of Little Italy, between Canal and Houston Streets, and also on Hester St., between Baxter and Centre Streets, and also on on Grand St., between Baxter and Centre Market.
Or, just look for the festive street lights.
Arrive hungry, my friends, and Mangia!
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