88th Festa Italia to Return to the Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park in Downtown Monterey on September 9-11, 2022

Monterey, CA. April 2022. Save the date for the 88th Festa Italia, celebrating Monterey’s Italian heritage and cultural traditions. 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, 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.

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 fisherman 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: 88th 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

Entertainment:

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

5 pm – 9 pm The Money Band

Saturday, September 10th – 11 am – 9 pm

Opening Ceremonies
Music starts at 11:30 am including:

Pasquale Esposito, an Italian born American Tenor
Anthony Lane Band
Singers Erasmo Aiello and Dave Marzetti accompanied by Mike Marotta, Jr., Dennis Murphy, Dave Dally, Paul Tarantino, and Skylar Campbell
Tarantella Dancers
Anthony Lane Band – 5 pm – 7 pm
Chicano All Stars – 7 pm – 9 pm

Sunday, September 11th – 10 am – 6 pm

Music starts at Noon including:

Pasquale Esposito, an Italian born American Tenor
Anthony Lane Band
Singers Erasmo Aiello and Dave Marzetti accompanied by Mike Marotta, Jr., Dennis Murphy, Dave Dally, Paul Tarantino, and Skylar Campbell
Tarantella Dancers

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