La Festa Italian Festival on East Passyunk Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever

By: East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
La Festa, East Passyunk Avenue
La Festa, East Passyunk Avenue
PHILADELPHIA - May 23, 2019 - PRLog -- Filitalia International and Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, presents La Festa Italian Street Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Head to East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) for this all-day, all-ages street festival that features the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest, live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, contests, prizes, vendors, shopping, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, and culinary displays. For family fun, look for children's games, moon bounce, trampoline, orbitron, duck pond, trackless train rides, water gun fun, soccer games, face painting, yoga and much more. This year, look for the festival to nearly double in size with an expanded footprint, two stages, even more vendors - and more of the city's best eats! At the heart of the festival, don't forget to visit the family-friendly History of Italian Immigration Museum at 1834 East Passyunk. Admission. La Festa is free. The event is rain or shine. As a bonus, double your fun with East Passyunk Craft Beer Day, as part of Philly Beer Week, on the same date and at the same time over 15+ East Passyunk bars and restaurants. For more about La Festa and Craft Beer Day, visit For more about the Museum, visit All proceeds from La Festa benefit family programs of Filitalia International and The History of Italian Immigration Museum.

La Festa, nicknamed after La Festa Della Repubblica and Italian National Day, is an Italian national holiday that celebrates when Italy became a republic in 1946. Many of the Museum's Board of Directors, volunteers and members of the community immigrated here from Italy - or are first and second generation Italians. Each year, the local board and volunteers come together with the East Passyunk community to throw a celebration to mirror the festivals in Italy. La Festa is organized by Festival Director Saverio Nestico, along with an annual committee of volunteers that includes Nick Volpe, Kelly Alexander, Henry Amanto, Miguel Luzon, David Milano, Ray DeJohn and Joseph Rossetti.

Since its inception in 2010, this fun-filled party welcomes thousands of attendees who love and look forward to celebrating Italian culture and heritage in South Philadelphia- a traditionally Italian-American neighborhood. East Passyunk will be lined with vendors presenting an assortment of food, crafts, specialty items, wine, and beer. There will be two stages with sensational entertainment, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, culinary displays, children's games and so much more. From children and teens to mature adults and everyone in between, there will be something for everyone. The line-up for this year's festivities is found below.


Come ready to dance in the streets like East Passyunk knows how to do! Look for music and entertainment at three locations, including the Main Stage at the intersection of 13th Street and East Passyunk Avenue, outside of Pistola's Del Sur at 1934 East Passyunk, and outside of Stogie Joe's at 1801 East Passyunk.

Entertainment officially kicks off on the main stage at Noon with a performance of the USA National Anthem and the Italian National Anthem performed by students of Scuola Marco Polo School.


Come hungry for East Passyunk's famous culinary scene. Look for open-air dining and adult drinks under the blue skies from over TWO DOZEN vendors - including a mix of East Passyunk restaurants, Philadelphia's top food trucks, and top brewing companies for Philly Beer Week.


La Festa is presented by Filitalia International & Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. La Festa takes place along East Passyunk from Broad Street to Moore street. La Festa is free to attend, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. The event is rain or shine.

Parking for the La Festa is located at Parkway at Constitution Health Plaza at 1485 McKean (between Broad and 15th street). La Festa is also accessible by public transportation and SEPTA's Broad Street Subway Line.


East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) serves up a double dose of summertime fun with two festivals on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  Starting at 11:00am, Philly Beer Week kicks off on East Passyunk with 13 hours of craft beer events during Craft Beer Day. Over 15 East Passyunk restaurants, bars and retailers will present opportunities to meet the brewers, try new craft beers, and enjoy beer-infused and inspired foods.  Starting at 11:00am, La Festa Italian Street Festival will feature a full day of live music, Italian draft and bottled beer specials, outdoor food vendors, kids' activities and a spaghetti eating contest. La Festa activities are held on East Passyunk Avenue, between Broad and Moore streets.  Events are held rain or shine. Admission is free, unless otherwise noted. Food and drinks are pay-as-you-go. For more information about Craft Beer Day and La Festa visit, follow @epassyunkave or call (215) 336-1455.


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For any additional information, call (215) 334-8882 or visit Filitalia International on Facebook.
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