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Everything you need to know about the Feast of San Gennaro 2018

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Jennifer Picht

Holy cannoli!

One of the best street fairs in NYC—the Feast of San Gennaro—is set to return this Thursday, September 13. Out-of-towners and locals alike are getting pretty stoked for the 92-year-old tradition as the annual event is one of the tourist draws in Little Italy that are actually good.

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The 11-day salute to the patron saint of Naples usually draws more than one million people. Apart from witnessing the traditional religious processions, visitors pile in to take part in one of the best parts of Italian culture: The food. However, there’s a lot more to the fest than just eating and drinking. From contests and live entertainment to this year’s special guests, read on for the full Feast of San Gennaro schedule.

Festival dates: September 13–23
Location: Mulberry Street, Little Italy
Entertainment stages: Grand Street Stage at Mott Street (performances start at 7:30 pm unless another time is noted)

Thursday, Sept 13: Blessing of the Stands (6pm)

Thursday, Sept 13: Johnny Mandolin (5–7pm)

Friday, Sept 14: The Happenings

Friday, Sept 14: The 21st Annual Cannoli Eating Competition hosted by Gianni Russo (2pm, call 212-764-6330 to sign up)

Saturday, Sept 15: The Grand Procession with floats, celebrities and more (2pm)

Sunday, Sept 16: City Rhythm

Monday, Sept 17: Opera Night

Tuesday, Sept 18: The Fireflies

Wednesday, Sept 19: The Chicklets

Wednesday, Sept 19: Solemn High Mass Celebrating the Patron Saint of Naples at Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter Street, 6pm)

Thursday, Sept 20: Carol Douglas

Friday, Sept 21: Vito and The Elegants

Saturday, Sept 22: Just Friends

Saturday, Sept 22: Third Annual Meatball Eating Contest in memory of Johnny ‘Cha Cha’ (1pm, call 212-764-6330 to sign up)

Sunday, Sept 23: Jenna Esposito (6pm)

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