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 www.marinolodge.org or call 767-3123 for more information.