The Feast of San Gennaro is a street fair in Manhattan’s Little Italy that honors the patron saint of Naples. It is popular with tourists and if you are new to New York, you will love it.
The procession of the Saint’s figure through Little Italy is actually something to see. Business owners put money on the figure for good luck. They’re very serious.
About a million people enjoy the Feast of San Gennaro every year.
92nd Feast of San Gennaro 2018
The 2018 Feast of San Gennaro runs daily for eleven days, September 13 – 23, 2018. The street fair is officially open from 10 am – 6 pm, but continues on into the night. All events are FREE
The main part of the street fair is the many food vendors who line the streets. Think cannoli, fried dough, torrone and sausage and pepper sandwiches.
The Feast also hosts many events. Performances are at the Grand Street Stage at Grand St and Mott St.
Feast of San Gennaro Week 1
The Blessing of the Stands is Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6 pm.
Johnny Mandolin performs on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 5 – 7 pm.
The Happenings perform on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The 21st Annual Cannoli Eating Competition is hosted by Gianni Russo on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2 pm.
The Grand Procession is Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2 pm. (HIGHLIGHT)
City Rhythm performs on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Feast of San Gennaro Week 2
It’s Opera Night on Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The Fireflies perform on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The Chicklets perform on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The Solemn High Mass Celebrating the Patron Saint of Naples at Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood is on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6 pm. (HIGHLIGHT)
Carol Douglas performs on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Vito and The Elegants perform on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
Just Friends performs on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The Third Annual Meatball Eating Contest is Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 1 pm.
Jenna Esposito performs on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 6 pm.
Feast of San Gennaro Location
Manhattan’s Feast of San Gennaro is on Mulberry Street between Canal St and Houston St.
The Festival stage is on Mott St at Grand St.
- (6) Canal St or Spring St
- (J) (Z) to Canal St or Bowery Station
- (B) (D) to Grand St
- (N) (Q) (R) (W) to Canal Street
San Gennaro in Italian is Saint Januarius I (3rd century) in English. He was the Bishop of Benevento, an Italian town 31 miles inland from Naples.
San Gennaro is famous for the miracle by which a holy relic of his dried blood kept in Naples Cathedral turns to liquid. That may sound impossible, but Neapolitans swear by it. Faithful visit the cathedral to witness the miracle on September 19, December 16, and the first Sunday in May.
The Feast of San Gennaro on September 19th commemorates his death.
91st Feast of San Gennaro 2017
The Feast of San Gennaro is celebrated with a street fair in New York City’s Little Italy from September 14 – 24, 2017 and a procession of the Statue of San Gennaro on September 19, 2017 at 6pm.
The first Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy started as a one-day religious commemoration on Mulberry Street in 1926.
It’s basically an Italian street fair. But on September 19th, the statue of the saint is paraded through the streets. Faithful donate money to bring good fortune in the coming year.
11:30am – 11pm (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)
The Feast of San Gennaro Started in 1926
It all started when immigrants from Naples gathered in September 1926 for the traditional Naples celebration of Saint Januarius.