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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 community. 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 featured.


Parking is at 610 W. Ash St., San Diego, CA. Cost: Free.


Where to stay:


Porto Vista hotel san diego little italy 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.


w hotel downtown san diego W Hotel | San Diego owned by Starwood Hotels chain is billed as a traveler's choice for casual comfort, designer touches, modern, colorful, global in its appeal and ideally located to Little Italy, Petco Park (where major sporting events are held), Gaslamp Quarter which is home to fantastic nightlife and dinner clubs that offer a variety of sizzling meals, and the bay & San Diego Convention Center.


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