California Festivals




California Italian Festivals

There are thousands of Italian restaurants serving up pastas and pleasure. Chased down with a fine Italian wine, what could be better? How about an Italian festa celebrating Italy’s culture with dancing, Italian songs, and of course–the FOOD!

Here are few California Italian Festivals

  • SAN DIEGO  Little Italy Festival October 11, 2015  Sicilian Festival  has merged with Little Italy Festival  
  • SAN FRANCISCO  Madonna del Lume Celebration Oct 11, 2014    Italian Heritage Grand Ball & Banquet; AND Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade  Oct. 12, 2014
  • SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco Festa Coloniale Italiana Saturday, September 13, 2014 (415) 781 0166,
  • SAN FRANCISCO North Beach Festival  June 13-14, 2015,   San Francisco's Little Italy features over 125 arts and crafts booths, 20 gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kid’s chalk art area and the blessing of the animals. 
  • SACRAMENTO  Festa Italiana  August 1-2, 2015
  • SAN FRANCISCO Festa Coloniale Italiana  August 9-10, 2014
  • SAN JOSE  Italian-American Family Festa August 23-24, 2014,
  • SAINT HELENA  Festa Italiana July 26, 2014,
  • SAN DIEGO  San Gennaro Feast (TAKING PLACE IN LAS VEGAS MAY 7-11, 2014 & SEPTEMBER 9-14, 2014)   The Annual San Gennaro Feast is a yearly festival held in honor of the Saint, San Gennaro. The festival features ethnic food vendors,  national acts,  amusement rides!
  • GRASS VALLEY Grape Stomp September 13-14, 2014 Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley, CA
  • LAGUNA NIGUEL  La Dolce Vita Italian Festival  October 2014 TBA
  • LOS ANGELES  Feast of San Gennaro September 26-28, 2014
  • MONTEREY  Santa Rosalia Fisherman's Festival September 5-7, 2014    Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey. Festival entertainment, raffles, bocce tournament, parade, Italian food, beer, wine.
  • RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA  La Dolce Vita Italian Festival  October 2014 TBA,
  • RANCHO MIRAGE Coachella Valley Italian Festival    November 1-2, 2014
  • REDDING Paesano Days  August  2014 CANCELLED,
  • SANTA ROSA  Italian Rootstock October 12, 2014, Noon-6 p.m.  Italian music, food, mercato, bocce, classic Italian autos.


Hey, mambo by Rosemary Clooney

A girl went back to Napoli
Because she missed the scenery
The native dances and the charming songs
But wait a minute, something’s wrong
Hey, mambo! Mambo italiano!
Hey, mambo! Mambo italiano
Go, go, go you mixed up sicialiano
All you calabraise-a do the mambo like a crazy with a
Hey mambo, don’t wanna tarantella
Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella
Hey mambo! Mambo italiano!

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