La Festa Italian Festival on East Passyunk Returns Bigger and Better Than Ever
By: East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
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-
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC AND DANCING
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.
FOOD AND DRINK
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.
DOUBLE THE FUN WITH CRAFT BEER DAY
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 www.visiteastpassyunk.com, follow @epassyunkave or call (215) 336-1455.
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