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An Italian Food and Drink Festival is Hitting East Passyunk Next Month

Here’s what to expect from the annual Italian block party

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Annual Italian street festival La Festa will take place all day next Sunday, June 2.

The free all-ages festival got its start in 2010 with the aim of honouring Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day), and replicating the festivities that take place in Italy on the holiday each year. This year, La Festa will take place on East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Moore streets in South Philadelphia from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. According to the festival’s organizers, the event’s footprint this year is nearly double what it’s been in years prior, allowing for more festivities than ever before.

“La Festa ... is back bigger and better than ever,” La Festa Director Saverio Nestico said in a recent press release. “We [will] present even more music, more food, more shopping and more family fun.”

Keep an eye out for two stages showcasing live music, over two dozen food and drink vendors, wine-making demos, and fun for the kids (that means: moonbounces, age-appropriate games, trampolines, and more). Plus, the festival is home to an annual spaghetti-eating contest, participation in which is open to the public.

Organizers say they hope the festival allows residents of South Philly, which has a large Italian-American population, to honor Italian culture. All attendees are invited to visit the History of Italian Immigration Museum, located at 1834 East Passyunk Avenue, during the event.

The festival is a project of Filitalia International and Foundation and the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. Proceeds of the event will go to Filitalia International and The History of Italian Immigration Museum