Little Italy Festa, Festival San Diego, CA
Oct. 10, 2010 -- 10/10/10
San Diego, CA
--Little Italy Festa is over a decade old now and claims to be the
largest one-day Italian event west of the Mississippi. We won't
argue with that. Most events in San Diego get great turn-outs as the
city is one of America's favorite outdoor cities with the mildest
climate all year long to celebrate anything from ethnicity to song,
dance, food and special interests. Held each year in the fall, the
Festa is simple fun. What it really does is allow Italians in their
community to get out and socialize in the streets, Southern
California Italians to re-connect with their community, and the rest
of us non-Italians who love the music, culture and food, to enjoy
the laughter that seems to be an integral part of the Italian
Little Italy Festa features food, music, food, a Chalk Painting
contest, Bocce Ball Contest and all things Italy.
Strange enough, the event is held on a street named "India". That
kind of tells you about San Diego, itself. The city is one of
California's largest cities with well over a million residents and
millions more in the surrounding region. There's something very
special about San Diego that tourists especially are attracted to.
San Diego maintains a rich history in its buildings, cultures and
beaches that attract millions each year. Hotels are abundant both at
the beach and in the city near the Festa, and San Diego is somewhat
of a trendsetter for fun events. Special event planners find their
niche in this geographic location because the weather is some of the
finest in the U.S. year-round. Like the Festa, you'll discover
numerous street fairs and celebrations throughout the year.
At this Italian
festival held in San Diego's Little Italy, there events that attract
folks are the music, the food and the activities held in the streets
of this downtown neighborhood that spans approx. 56 city blocks. Attracting
more than 120,000 people, over 150 food, art and retail vendors and
more, it is the largest Italian celebration outside New York.
Located in downtown San Diego, there will be two stages (India &
Date Street & Grape & India Street) featuring live music goes from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and features authentic Italian performers. A Gesso
Italiana Chalk Painting Festival, Bocce Tournament, Stickball and
many top Italian performers such as Antonia Bennett have been
Parking is at 610 W. Ash St., San Diego, CA. Cost: Free.
Where to stay:
Porto Vista Hotel & Suites is located right in the heart of
Little Italy. Just Park and walk to the event or come by public
transport. An all-glass Vista Lounge overlooking San Diego's
picturesque Harbor and a 6,500 sq. ft top-floor sundeck with views
to Coronado and Pt. Loma make this a hotel worth checking out.