The Feast of San Gennaro

Take a trip downtown to Little Italy and indulge in everything the Feast of San Gennaro has to offer


As soon as my friends and I turned the corner into Mott Street, we were immediately greeted by a nostalgic feeling. The smell of pizza and Italian sweets filled the air while people of all ages danced to Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” in the middle of the streets. 

Every year, Little Italy hosts the Feast of San Gennaro in honor of San Gennaro of Naples. The first Feast of San Gennaro came to Little Italy in 1926. Today, the festival is highly anticipated by tourists and New Yorkers alike. This year, it was held from Sept. 15 to 25. Stretching through 11 blocks of the city, there was a myriad of food vendors, games, attractions and music around every corner. The festival held events every day, including performances by musical guests like Jenna Esposito and many food-eating contests. The festival also donates a portion of its proceeds to charities and organizations such as The Ronald McDonald House and the Stephen Siller Foundation.  

If you missed this year’s festivities, do not fret: The festival will run again next year!