Italian Festival Rocks Little Italy

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The largest Italian festival on the West Coast will welcome over 120,000 visitors from around the country to celebrate authentic Italian and Sicilian culture with entertainment, food and Gesso Italiano.

The Little Italy Association of San Diego is proud to host the 22nd annual FESTA!, the largest Italian cultural festival in the Western U.S., on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood will be filled with over 120,000 visitors from all over the world to pay tribute to the Italian heritage and culture that created this iconic neighborhood. The event will feature Italian food, al fresco dining, authentic Italian music on three difference stages, a Sicilian flag procession, street stickball and bocce ball tournaments, Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) and more.

“FESTA! is not only a celebration of Little Italy San Diego’s historic past, but also a time to recognize the hard work the Little Italy Association has put into making San Diego’s Little Italy a coveted neighborhood—transforming it into one of the top neighborhoods in the country,” said Marco Li Mandri, Chief Executive Administrator of the Little Italy Association. “FESTA! is also a time to celebrate our future and each other—all the Little Italy residents, community members and business and property owners that take pride in our neighborhood. We want to showcase our community’s success and Italian love with everyone and FESTA! is the perfect event to do just that.”

FESTA! was created in 1994 to symbolize Little Italy’s Italian homecoming and establish an annual day of celebration for the community to highlight its growth and development. What started as a 10 vendor festival, is now at 150 vendors and spans 12 blocks of San Diego’s Little Italy. FESTA! celebrates a dream come true for Italian Americans in the San Diego community.

For more information about San Diego’s Little Italy FESTA! or about the Little Italy Association of San Diego, visit or  

About Little Italy Association (LIA)

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the public’s benefit, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its members’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. LIA stands as the only district management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States and is run by a Board of Directors encompassing 28 people who represent property owners, residents, businesses and community at large. More information can be found by visiting or by calling (619) 233-3898.