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New York City's Feast of San Gennaro is Back

The Feast of San Gennaro has returned with numerous food and entertainment options for the whole family.

Nobody does food or festivals quite like New York City. This year, we've seen the return of so many eateries, celebrations and gatherings. Honoring the former Bishop of Benevento, San Gennaro, the Feast of San Gennaro is a combination of all three and is easily one of the city's favorite festivals. 

The Feast of San Gennaro at Night (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) New York | WhereTraveler
The Feast of San Gennaro at Night(©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) 

Where and When

The Feast of San Gennaro takes place annually in Little Italy. You can find the festival on Mulberry Street between Canal Street and Houston Street, Hester Street between Baxter Street and Center Street, and Grand Street between Baxter Street and Centre Market Place. The festival will run through September 26. 

Pizzas at the Feast of San Gennaro (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) New York | WhereTraveler
Pizzas at the Feast of San Gennaro (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) 

What to See and Hear

The celebration is more than just a food festival—many smaller events take place throughout the Feast of San Gennaro. That said, many of the events are food-related such as the 23rd Annual Cannoli Eating Contest at 1 p.m. today, the 2nd Annual Zeppole Eating Competition at 1 p.m. on September 22, the 1st Annual Pizza eating contest at 1 p.m. on September 24 and 4th Annual Meatball Eating Contest at 1 p.m. on September 26.

Live performances are also scheduled during the celebration and include Mike Sergio celebrates Sinatra at 7 p.m. on September 18, Solemn High Mass celebrating the patron Saint of Naples at 2 p.m. on September 19, Louis & JoAnn with the Uptown Band at 7 p.m. on September 19, Neopolitan Concert at 2 p.m. on September 26 and more. A live broadcast is scheduled to take place on September 25 along with the Grand Procession at 2 p.m. featuring NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro as Grand Marshall for the parade along with live music and parade floats that you won't want to miss.

What to Eat and Do

In addition to the entertainment options, you'll find a wide variety of vendors onsite at the Feast of San Gennaro. Every imaginable type of Italian food will be on offer, so you'll definitely see any of your pasta cravings throughout the celebration (also make sure to stock up on some of the best Italian sweets around). 

Pastries at the Feast of San Gennaro (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) New York | WhereTraveler
Pastries at the Feast of San Gennaro (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) 

In addition to food vendors, numerous shops are setting up space inside the festival with various goods available (perfect if you need a fun gift or souvenir). The festival also has games and attractions fit for the whole family.

Carnival Games at the Feast of San Gennaro (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company) New York | WhereTraveler
Carnival Games at the Feast of San Gennaro (©Elizabeth Bick/NYC & Company)