That’s Amore: For the Love of Little Italy FESTA! in San Diego

Gondoliers at the Little Italy Festa!
Gondoliers at the Little Italy Festa!

Gondoliers ready to serenade at the Little Italy Festa!

Since its conception in 1994, the Annual Little Italy FESTA! has celebrated the Italian history and beautiful revitalization of one of San Diego’s most beloved neighborhoods. This Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, come see why hip and historic Little Italy welcomes over 120,000 attendees a year in the largest Italian American Festival on the West Coast.

Enjoy Italian food served al fresco, incredible Gesso Italiano (Italian chalk art painting), Italian motor sports exhibits, a bocce ball tournament, cooking demonstrations, music, and even a fun zone for the kids as you stroll throughout Little Italy’s 48 walkable, scenic square blocks of fresh, urban mixed-use developments.

Don’t miss the chalk art

Chalk Art - Little Italy Festa!

The beautiful and ephemeral “Gesso Italiano”.

Gesso Italiano brings more than 160 artists and teams together from across the nation to turn asphalt into a vibrant tapestry of ephemeral chalk art. The artwork takes two days to complete and is available for viewing only during the FESTA!…each year it is washed away after the festival.

Fun for the Family

Pizza spinning and kids at the Little Italy FESTA!

Fun at the FESTA! for the kids.

While adults enjoy the beer and wine garden, 3 stages devoted to music and chef demonstrations on how to prepare classic and contemporary Italian dishes, and bocce ball tournaments, the kids can romp through the inflatable kids zone or learn how to twirl their own pizza dough.

Insider Tips for the Little Italy Festa!

Crowd at the Little Italy Festa!

Come Celebrate in Hip and Historic Little Italy!

Take advantage of these two tips in order to make your Little Italy’s FESTA! the best experience possible:

  • Try the Trolley: As with any well-attended event, parking can be a hassle. Luckily, Little Italy is conveniently located on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line, between Old Town and Downtown. Try parking at one of the station lots and taking the trolley two or 3 stops to Little Italy.
  • Bring Cash: Booths will be set up al fresco, most without the ability to take credit card. Come with cash to make sure your time is spent enjoying the festivities, not searching for an ATM.
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About Maren

San Diego raised and New York City educated, I trained as a classical singer before switching to tourism marketing. Now I love telling the world about San Diego's diverse offerings, from live music to live uni. As a friend recently told me, "tough job."

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

For me, a perfect day always involves something I haven't done before. And even though I grew up  in San Diego, there is SO much to do I can usually find a way to make any day ideal. Next on the list is paragliding at Torrey Pines. I also need to meet more people with boats. Anyone?

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