Feast of San Gennaro

Feast of San Gennaro NYC

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Feast of San Gennaro Summary

Event Overview: The Feast of San Gennaro was first established in 1926 by Neapolitan immigrants, making it New York City's oldest outdoor religious festival. People from all over the world travel to Little Italy in Manhattan to enjoy the festivities and the wonderful Italian food. This festival features live music, games, and plenty of shopping opportunities.

What to Expect: Crowds and cannoli. The Feast of San Gennaro, as New York City's oldest and largest outdoor religious festival, has endeared itself to several generations of New Yorkers and is becoming increasingly popular among tourists.

  • Tourists: While it is an authentic NYC festival, the Feast of San Gennaro is always swarming with tourists. In fact, it's safe to say that the tourists now outnumber the Italians. Be prepared for stop-and-go pedestrian traffic as you make your way down Mulberry Street.
  • Authentic Italian Food: Hungry? Craving Italian? The Feast of San Gennaro offers authentic Italian food, including cannoli, lasagna, zeppoles, and gyros.

Inside Knowledge: The first Feast of San Gennaro was held in September of 1926 by newly arrived Neapolitan immigrants who wanted to carry on the tradition of celebrating the Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. While it is primarily a religious festival, the Feast of San Gennaro has endeared itself to people of all faiths with its festive atmosphere and authentic Italian food. In 2010, the San Gennaro Festival drew more than one million people to Little Italy over the course of its eleven days.

Event Hints:

  • Use Mass Transit: Because the Feast of San Gennaro draws a big crowd, parking will be hard to find in the surrounding area. We recommend using mass transit to get to and from the festival.
  • Protect Your Wallet: It is an unfortunate fact that large crowds draw pickpockets. Because Mulberry Street, the site of the San Gennaro Feast, is packed with people over the festival's eleven days, we recommend putting your wallet in your front pocket, just to be safe.
  • Stay with Your Group: As you enjoy the festive atmosphere and delicious food of the San Gennaro Festival, make sure that you stay close to your group. Keep an eye on kids, and don't let them stray too far. The crowds can be overwhelming, and there's no experience more unpleasant than being lost in an unfamiliar city.

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Feast of San Gennaro

Until Sep 23


Feast of San Gennaro
Mulberry St. & Houston St.
New York, US
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Event Dates

Sep 13,2012 - Sep 23,2012

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A Festive Atmosphere and Authentic Cannoli at the Feast of San Gennaro

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Feast of San Gennaro takes place on Mulberry Street, between Houston Street and Canal Street.
  • Admission is free and all ages are welcome at San Gennaro NYC.
  • The San Gennaro Festival reaches its peak on September 19th, San Gennaro's feast day on the liturgical calendar.



Nearest Transit:
Canal Street (J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, 6); Grand St (B, D); Chambers-Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (4, 5, 6, J, M, Z)

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