89th Festa Italia to Return to the Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park in Downtown Monterey on September 9-11, 2022

The 89th Festa Italia, celebrating Monterey’s Italian heritage and cultural traditions, will be held on September 9-12, 2022. Join us for this special festival honoring the local fishermen of Monterey, both past and present.

This popular family friendly free event shares the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian experience so special. It is a celebrated festival each year drawing locals and visitors from the Bay Area and beyond. It features three days of authentic Italian cuisine, great music, dancing, fun and friendship. The delicious flavors of Italy are enjoyed by attendees with tasty food offerings (for purchase) including Calamari, Steak and Sausage Sandwiches, Pasta, Arancini, Pizza, Cannoli and more, as well as wine, beer, sodas and water. There is also an array of Italian and Festa Italia-themed merchandise as well as vendors selling crafts and more. There will also be a table of information from three local historic organizations, including the International Catholic Federation, Italian Heritage Society of the Monterey Peninsula and Friends of Isoladelle Femmine.

The first Festa Italia in Monterey was celebrated in 1933 when a statue of Santa Rosalia, the patron saint of Sicilian fishermen, was donated to the San Carlos Cathedral. Sicilian fishermen would pray to their patron saint for a safe journey and bountiful harvest. It is important that we remember our cultural heritage and pass it on to future generations. Festa Italia celebrates these traditions and keep our stories, old and new, alive to ensure that our heritage is never lost. Everyone is welcome to join in at this fun, festive event!

At a Glance:

What: 89th Festa Italia held by the Festa Italia Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Festival Entry Cost: Free

Where: Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park, Downtown Monterey

When: Friday – Sunday, September 9-11, 2022

Friday, September 9th – 3 pm – 9 pm
Saturday, September 10th – 10 am – 9 pm

Opening Ceremonies and Procession to Old Fisherman’s Wharf for the traditional blessing of the fishing fleet followed by entertainment and all event activities.
Sunday, September 11th – 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park, Downtown Monterey


Friday, September 9th – (Festival hours – 3 pm – 9 pm)

5 pm – 9 pm The Money Band

Saturday, September 10th

11:15am -12 Noon Opening Ceremonies
12:00 - 1:00pm Mike Marotta and Friends - Singers Erasmo Aiello and Dave Marzetti accompanied by Mike Marotta, Jr., Dennis Murphy, Dave Dally, Paul Tarantino, and Skylar Campbell Tarantella Dancers
1:15pm - 2:15pm Anthony Lane Band
2:30pm - 3:30pm Pasquale Esposito - an Italian born American Tenor
3:45pm - 4:45pm Anthony Lane Band
5:00pm - 6:00pm Pasquale Esposito
6:30pm - 9:00pm 831 ALLSTAR Band

Sunday, September 11th

Music starts at Noon including:

12:00 - 1:00pm Anthony Lane Band
1:15pm - 2:15pm Pasquale Esposito
2:30pm - 3:30pm Mike Marotta and Friends
3:45pm - 4:45pm Anthony Lane Band
5:00pm - 6:00pm Pasquale Esposito

Weekend Master of Ceremonies: David Marzetti (Singer/MC and also Host of the Shag Bag Radio Program on KION 1460 AM/101.1 FM and the Sundays with Sinatra Radio Program on KMBY 1240 AM/95.9 FM)

Bocce Tournament – Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th at the bocce courts at the Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park

Tickets are sold for raffles for a variety of prizes (need not be present to win)

Information: (831) 633-4444 or email mail@FestaItaliaMonterey.org

Thank you to the Arts Council for Monterey County and thanks also to the support from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.