What a wonderful Festa!
The annual Festa Coloniale Italiana sponsored by
the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club Foundation
took place on Saturday, August 15. The weather was
warm and beautiful and thousands were in attendance
throughout the day. There was a large crowd when
the featured vocalist, Pasquale Esposito performed in
the afternoon. He not only performed from the stage
but entertained with some songs walking through the
crowd. Entertainment also included acts from members
Tony Gemignani, Bill Palmini, Steve Albini and
Rene Sevieri. Other acts included Pier Luigi Salami
and the Ricco Dancers featuring Toni Bava.
and her Court from the Columbus Day Celebration
strolled through the Festa during the day. We had two
San Francisco dignitaries as guess speakers this year.
Mayor Ed Lee spoke and described his recent trip to
Italy. In addition, San Francisco District 3 Supervisor
Julie Christensen, who represents North Beach, gave
a great speech about keeping North Beach a beautiful
place to visit, work and live. There were an array
of returning vendors and some new ones selling their
products. The variety of Italian food was a hit with all
We want to thank the primary sponsors
of the Festa: Bank of America - Commercial Banking
Division, Italian Community Services Agency, Lagunitas
Brewing, Recology, Campari, Southern Wine
& Spirits and Enterprise Car Share. Special thanks
goes to all the Festa volunteers and to committee
Chairman Paul Alioto.
The event takes place on Stockton Street, outside the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club’s Facilities and across from Washington Square Park. The closure of Stockton Street (between Union Street and Filbert Street) for this event will provide a geographic location that is both at the center of the North Beach business district and the heart of San Francisco’s Italian-American community. Activities promote Family attendance with a focus on Italian Culture and heritage past and present.
The Festa Coloniale Italiana is a free, family event that showcases the San Francisco Italian Athletic Clubs Facilities, heritage, members and community resources. Exhibitor presentations and sales range from Italian Arts and Crafts to Specialty Foods. Performances by Bay Area Italian musical artists and dancers are featured on the festa stage.
The Festa Coloniale Italiana remains San Francisco's only Italian festival and is FREE, fun, family friendly and open to the public. Check back often for up-to-the-minute Festa information, or contact the Festa at email@example.com or at 415.781.0166
FESTA Highlights include:
- Italian food
- Live performers with special guest Pasquale Esposito
- Pizza Toss by Tony’s Pizza
- Vendors with specialty Italian gifts
- Wine Tasting
- and more.