La Festa Italiana Celebrates 40th Year
Opening Friday Night for First Time!
Labor Day weekend (Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7)
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The annual La Festa Italiana on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, Pa.
80 vendors offering great Italian food, and continuous live entertainment.
Hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission
Friday opening evening for the first time. The festival begins at 4 p.m., with a brief opening ceremony held at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5 James R. Minicozzi Memorial 5K Run . The race is being sponsored by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO, the Italian-American service organization, and proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Lackawanna Ave. and Wyoming Ave., where it continues to Green Ridge St., then on to N. Washington Ave. and ending at Scranton City Hall.
Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m., Jaya Yoga Studio is holding “Glowga On The Square,” a one-hour event – taught with glow sticks – on the grass near the fountains on the North Washington Avenue side of the Square.
Saturday, September 5, Mind Body Spirit Co-op will lead a session at 11 a.m. on the grass on the Linden St. side of the Square.
Sunday, Sept. 6, The Mass in Italian is celebrated, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral on Wyoming Avenue (one block from festival site). This is a colorful and joyous worship service that always draws a standing-room-only congregation. The homilist is Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton.
Monday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m A new tradition will also continue this year. While Coney Island has its hot dog eating contest, and Philadelphia is the site for Wing Bowl, La Festa will crown a Cannoli Eating Champion. The contest will take place on Monday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. in front of the main stage.
Information, including the complete entertainment schedule, is also available on the website: www.lafestaitaliana.org