Little Italy Hosts Ferragosto

Little Italy’s biggest party, Ferragosto, returns for its next big bash, “Wild Western: Little Italy’s Biggest Party Goes Denim and Diamonds,” on Saturday, August 19 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight with a VIP reception starting at 5:00 p.m. Guests are invited to Little Italy’s Amici Park for an evening that calls for attendees to dress-up in their best western gear and enjoy an interactive experience with wild western themed entertainment, a Western style BBQ, casino games, a rodeo, live music and more.

“This year attendees will feel like they are stepping back in time into the wild wild west with Can-Can dancers, a blue grass band, saloon, bull riding, line dancing and of course the usual Ferragosto entertainment surprises, that you’ll just have to be there to see,” said Luke Vinci, Ferragosto’s chairman. “There’s a reason this event takes two whole years to plan—it’s the best of the best and guaranteed to make an unforgettable night!”

San Diego’s Little Italy Ferragosto is its own take on the traditional Italian holiday “Feriae Augsti.” Ferragosto | Wild Western will transform Amici Park into a Western Village featuring hotels, convenience stores and more, casino games like poker and roulette, a saloon with whiskey tastings, western music and entertainment, the Kumeyaay Indian Tribe and more. This year’s event will also feature a live auction and raffle prizes like a trip to Italy, a cash jackpot, and more. The last few events have transformed Little Italy’s Amici Park into Pompeii, Venice, the Roman Coliseum and even a scene from the Roaring 20s. The fifth annual event will include hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, drinks, cocktails and desserts from San Diego’s finest restaurants including Kansas City BBQ, Phil’s BBQ, Civico 1845, Bencotto, Isola Pizza, Pappalecco, Mona Lisa, Café Italia and more.

Ferragosto is a fundraiser that supports the Washington Elementary School Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the Little Italy Association. Through Ferragosto, the event has raised over $600k for the three non-profits in the Little Italy neighborhood.

“It’s important to give back to the neighborhood and these organizations are three of the most important pillars in our community,” said Vinci. “Even with state budget cuts, Washington Elementary went from a 2 to a 6 on the San Diego elementary school rankings. Ferragosto helps keep the programs running that are essential for keeping students engaged and programs that will help improve that score even more in the future.

Tickets to Ferragosto | Wild Western start at $125 for general single tickets and $1,250 for a general table—upgraded VIP prices are also available. More information about the event and tickets can be found at

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.