A Guide to Little Italy's Feast of San Gennaro

Celebrate Italian Culture, Cuisine & Faith at this Annual NYC Street Fair

Photo credit: Feast of San Gennaro

When: September 15–25, 2016 (11:30am–11pm, Sundays–Thursdays; 11:30am–-midnight, Fridays & Saturdays)

Where: In Little Italy, on Mulberry Street (btwn Canal & Houston sts.) and Grand Street (btwn Mott & Baxter sts.)

Now in its 90th year, the Feast of San Gennaro reigns as the king of NYC street fairs, taking over the streets of Little Italy with a feast for the senses – but most especially, the belly! A beloved annual tradition that celebrates Italian-American culture and cuisine, all in honor of the patron saint of Naples (the martyred Saint Januarius – or San Gennaro), the 11-day festival is held within the historic Little Italy neighborhood, which, while shrinking, was once a thriving enclave for Italian immigrants to NYC.

The festival attracts more than a million revelers each year, who come to taste their way through the various food stands, soak up free musical entertainment, and witness religious processions and parades.

The fair is free to roam, though you'll pay extra to indulge in culinary treats being touted by food stands along the way. Eating is — true to Italian culture — the main event, with cannoli, zeppoles, calzones, pizza, gelato, and sausage-and-peppers galore. Plus, visitors can also hit up Little Italy's regular Italian eateries and cafés en route.

Plus, look out for carnival games and rides, live music, cooking demos, and more.

A religious celebration at its roots, the festival culminates with the main event on the September 24th feast day: a religious procession that parades the statue of San Gennaro through Little Italy's streets from its permanent home within the Church of the Most Precious Blood (the procession begins at the church entrance), which immediately follows a celebratory mass inside.

The 2016 Feast of San Gennaro lineup schedule will be posted in the coming days; we'll update details here as soon as they're available.

Visit the official Feast of San Gennaro website for more details: www.sangennaro.org.