Thursday, September 10, 2009

San Gennaro Feast - September 10 - 20

The 82nd Annual San Gennaro Festival
September 10th - 20th

This historic Italian festival is the longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States.

Kicking off Thursday, September 10 with a cannoli eating contest, the fest runs through Sunday, September 20, 2009, on the streets of historic Little Italy:
Mulberry St. between Canal St. (on south) & Houston St. (on north)
Also on Grand St. (between Mott & Baxter St.) and
Hester St. (between Mott & Baxter St.)

There is free entertainment every night:

Thursday, Sept. 10
2 – 3pm 8th Annual Cannoli Eating Competition
Sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eaters

7:30pmM An evening of Neapolitan music featuring Jimmy Alleva,
Anthony Del Campo, Franco, Johnny Mandolin and Ernie Rossi on guitar

7:30 – 10pm An evening of Neapolitan music

Friday, Sept. 11
6 – 7pm Patriotic Vocal Tribute to Those Who Perished on September 11, 2001

7:30 – 10pm Just Friends (doo wop concert)

Saturday, Sept. 12
7:30 – 10pm Nostalgia (oldies’ concert)

Sunday, Sept. 13
7:30 – 10pm Johnny and The Raybands (classic rock concert)

Monday, Sept. 14
Noon – 10pm All day entertainment provided by guest music performers, hosted by on air radio personalities from WCBSFM101.1, fresh 102.7fm and 92.3 NOW FM

Tuesday, Sept. 15
5pm Laurie Fabiano, author of new docu-novel "Elizabeth Street," about her family's terrifying experiences with the Black Hand in the early years of the 20th century in Little Italy, will be interviewed by former WNBC-TV anchor Perri Peltz. Joseph Petrosino, grandson of Lt. Joseph Petrosino, who was the NYC Police detective working on the case and was later slain in Sicily while tracking down names of Mafia bosses, will also speak.

7:30 – 10pm Opera Night: Ten performers including Carranza, Joseph Carelli, Jacqueline Thompson and this year's Little Italy Vocal Competition Winners Seunghwan Oh and Insuk Kim

Wednesday, Sept. 16
2 – 4pm 1st Annual Feast of San Gennaro Pizza Eating Competition presented by The Italian Food Center. Employees of local restaurants and cafes will compete to determine who can eat the most slices of pizza in eight minutes

7:30 – 10pm Sound Affair (rock/pop concert)

Thursday, Sept. 17
7:30 – 10pm Alfio . Concert by Australian native often Described as a contemporary Dean Martin.

Friday, Sept. 18
7:30 – 10pm Vito Picone and The Elegants (concert of classic rock and pop standards)

Saturday, Sept. 19
7 – 10pm Sirius Satellite Radio Network live broadcast hosted by legendary radio personality Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie), featuring live performances and interviews with celebrities and guest artists

Sunday, Sept. 20
7:30 – 10pm The Tercels: Concert of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s rock classics

More information at
The San Gennaro website also has a list of recommended restaurants.

And of course, we wouldn't be MurphGuide without offering some recommended bars
for pre & post festival cocktails:

53 Spring St.
(bet. Lafayette & Mulberry St.)
New York, NY
(212) 334-4430


Puck Fair
298 Lafayette St.
(bet. Houston & Prince)
New York, NY
(212) 431-1200


54 Spring St. (bet. Lafayette & Mulberry)
New York, NY
(212) 966-8716
304 Bowery
(between Bleecker & Houston St.)
East Village
New York, NY
(212) 253-7030

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