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Saint Anthony's Feast

Do you even live in Boston if you haven't been to a North End Feast?

August weekends in the North End are filled with the neighborhood's biggest festivals.

JQ Louise
Written by JQ Louise

The North End’s most popular sights to visit may be Paul Revere’s House or the Old North Church, but Bostonians know that in August the real attractions are the feasts. Each weekend in August there is a North End Feast, and they are worth checking out. 

north end boston street
Photograph: J.Q. Louise

In the late 1800s through the 1930s, Italian immigrants flocked to Boston’s North End, creating an Italian American neighborhood filled with Italian restaurants, barbershops and mom and pop shops. Today, the North End retains its Italian American heritage thanks to the old-world streets, historic buildings and plenty of places to get a bowl of pasta or a cappuccino (or an espresso martini!). But to get the best taste of the proud Italian heritage of the neighborhood, visit the North End in August during any of the Feasts.

What are the North End Feasts all about?

Each weekend celebrates a different Italian saint or martyr with plenty of music, dancing, street food and parades. Walking through the streets of the North End during one of the summer feasts really makes you feel like you are back in the old country, it’s one of the best things to do in Boston in the summertime.

north end feast of st anthony
Photograph: J.Q. Louise

When and where are they?

The timing shifts each year, but basically if it is a weekend in August, you will probably run into a parade or a street food extravaganza in the North End. And don’t worry you won’t miss it; they take over pretty much the whole neighborhood. 

August 4, 5, 6 & 7– St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast
Feast opens at 7pm on August 4; 12pm-11pm August 5-7

August 12, 13 & 14– Madonna Della Cava Feast
Feast opens at 7pm on August 12; 12pm-11pm August 13-14

August 18, 19, 20 & 21 - 'Fisherman’s Feast' of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca
Feast opens at 6pm on August 18; 12pm-11pm August 19-21

August 25, 2022 – Feast for Santa Lucia
5pm Thursday night procession

August 26, 2021 – St. Lucy’s Feast
7pm Thursday night procession

August 26, 27, and 28, 2022– Saint Anthony’s Feast
Feast opens at 7pm on August 26, 12pm-11pm August 27-28

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