While you can enjoy fresh Italian food in the North End all year long, August is a particularly exciting time for Boston’s Little Italy.
We’re talking Italian feasts, the multi-day festivals that honor a different Italian saint every weekend and draw in thousands of visitors with performances, processions + lots of food.
Here are five feasts coming up next month — mark those calendars and try not to get too hungry.
🍽️ Saint Agrippina Feast, Thurs., Aug. 4-Sun., Aug. 7
Don’t miss the opening ceremony and procession on Thursday from 7-11 p.m. Then, stop by for a Prince tribute band on Friday, Jimmy Geany and Co. on Saturday, and tug-of-war + a raffle on Sunday. Pro tip: grab crowd favorite bites like the fresh shellfish and fried calamari.
🍽️ Madonna Della Cava Feast | Fri., Aug.12-Sun., Aug.14
This feast coincides with the festival held in Pietraperzia, Sicily. Expect entertainment from New England party band “Steve Smith and The Nakeds,” 70s disco funk group Booty Vortex, and Joey Canzano (aka the man with many voices).
🍽️ Fisherman’s Feast | Thurs., Aug. 18-Sun., Aug. 21
Our city’s oldest continuous Italian festival is known for candy apples, Italian sausages + fresh cannoli. This year’s event will feature tunes from Vinyl Groove, DJ Sal Bartolo, and Street Magic Acapella.
🍽️ Saint Anthony’s Feast | Thurs., Aug. 25-Sun., Aug. 28
Follow along on Instagram for details on this festival, which began in 1919 and has been called the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine. Stroll the streets to grab eats from 100 food carts offering everything from arancini to quahogs and gelato.
🍽️ Feast for Saint Lucia | Thurs., Aug. 25 + Fri., Aug. 26
Watch the candlelight procession on Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. and enjoy a culinary stage featuring local chefs + an open air piazza courtesy of Regina Pizzeria all weekend long.