La Festa Italiana celebrates 40th year by opening on Friday for the first time, runs through Sept. 7
From a press release:
As La Festa Italiana celebrates its 40th year, the annual end-of-summer festival in downtown Scranton is expanding by opening on Friday evening for the first time.
La Festa will be held Labor Day weekend starting tonight through Monday, Sept. 4-7, on Courthouse Square in the heart of the city. Hours are Friday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
As usual, more than 80 vendors will be offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment will be featured on multiple stages around the square. There is no admission charge.
This year’s event also coincides with First Friday in the city, giving visitors a full array of entertainment and culinary and cultural activities at nearby venues – all within walking distance.
La Festa’s inaugural Friday night will feature one of the festival’s most popular acts – the famous Duprees will be on the main stage at 7 p.m. Continuous live entertainment for both young and older tastes is presented around the square.
La Festa Italiana will literally hit the ground running with the James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The annual mass in Italian will be celebrated on Sunday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral (315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton), located one block from the festival site.
The Original Scala Pastry will host its 4th annual Cannoli Eating Contest on Monday at 3 p.m., and the main stage will feature The Bronx Wanderers at 7 p.m.
For photos from last year’s event, click here.