Grande Festa Italiana


Festa_080814ACome and enjoy the food, rides and games at the Grande Festa Italiana at Hempstead Harbor Park in Port Washington.

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the largest and oldest feast on Long Island runs from Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 7.

The food tent will offer homemade pasta dishes, heroes and barbecue. The food court will have a variety of ethnic cuisines, along with a seafood tent and Italian pastries. There will also be a pasta making demonstration in the piazza on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Beyond the vast food selection, there are rides and games for all ages, gambling every night, live entertainment Thursday through Sunday, and a spectacular fireworks display on Sunday night at 9:30 p.m.

The Festa is open Wednesday–Friday from 6-11 p.m., Saturday from 2-11 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30-11 p.m. Ride for $25 all night Wednesday and Thursday, and rides are free on Sunday from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

To get to the Grande Festa Italiana, take Northern State Parkway (Exit 29N) to Roslyn Road North to the end, bear left onto West Shore Road. Continue for 2.4 miles. The entrance is at the second North Hempstead Beach Park sign on right. (For GPS directions, the address is 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington.)

The event is sponsored by the Sons of Italy in America’s John M. Marino Lodge in Port Washington. Visit or call 767-3123 for more information.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.