The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy – The COMPLETE Guide 2024

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The annual Feast of San Gennaro attracts both New Yorkers and visitors to Little Italy in September. Why? The 11-day long festival will spoil you with Italian specialties, parades, eating contests, and free concerts. Many local restaurants take part in the Feast of San Gennaro.

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What is the Feast of San Gennaro?

The festival celebrates the life of San Gennaro of Naples, who was once the Bishop of Benevento in Italy. He died a martyr’s death in A.D. 305. The next Feast of San Gennaro in 2024 will mark its 98th anniversary in Little Italy. Besides a church service, there is a parade in honor of the patron saint, a meatball eating competition, a zeppole eating competition, and the festival’s highlight: the cannoli eating contest.

11 blocks = 11 days!

The event is especially important for all Americans with an Italian background. Little Italy’s Mulberry Street is where the first Italian immigrants settled in New York. In 1926, they decided to organize a feast to honor their patron saint from Naples and so the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy was born. The festival’s duration of exactly 11 days is no coincidence; it was chosen because Little Italy consists of 11 blocks!

When is The Feast of San Gennaro?

The next Feast of San Gennaro will take place from Thursday, September 12 to  Sunday, September 22, 2024.

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When is the famous Cannoli Contest?

The Feast of San Gennaro Canolli Eating Competition
The Feast of San Gennaro Cannoli Eating Competition

There is an annual cannoli eating contest where participants eat as many cannolis as they can. Of course, you’ll find the exact date for 2023 here as soon as it’s published.

Last year the Cannoli Eating Competitions took place for the 24th time on September 16th.

Where is the San Gennaro Feast?

Mulberry Street is the center of Little Italy and also San Gennaro’s main path. The festival stretches from Canal Street all the way to East Housten Street and also extends to Grand Street and Hester Street.

San Gennaro Little Italy

Which events take place there?

There will be different events during the 11 days of festival. What exactly will happen on which day is yet to be announced. But one thing is already certain: On September 16 from 2:00 PM there will be an event with floats & bands & celebrities.

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When is the San Gennaro feast over?

The last day of the San Gennaro festival in NYC is Sunday, September 24, 2023.

What can you do after the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy?

And don’t forget – you can find the best things to do in Little Italy in our guide here.



Who is the patron saint San Gennaro?

Saint San Gennaro was a bishop in Italy who died a martyr’s death in 305 A.D. and is still honored today (also in Italy).

Isn't this the festival from Godfather 2?

No, the festival in Godfather 2 was the Feast of San Rocca (which takes place in August).

How can I explore the neighborhood the best?

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