The Little Italy Festival

Award-Winning Event Each Year!

Voted a "Best Cultural Festival of Rochester" for 2017 by the readers of City  Newspaper.  The festival has regularly received proclamations and  strong support each year from town, city, county, state and  federal-level officials, and in 2016 it received "Special Congressional  Recognition." 

Exciting Headline Entertainment!

 Year  after the year, the festival is proud to bring top-notch headline  entertainment to Rochester. Headliners have included national artists like Lou Gramm (the voice of legendary rock band Foreigner), the Scintas  (Las Vegas' "first family of entertainment"), Sal Valentinetti (from  the hit TV show "American's Got Talent") & many more. 

Raises Thousands to Benefit Needy!

Over the past five years, the festival has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the needy served by various  local charities, such as Alternatives for Battered Women, House of  Mercy, Open Door Mission, Catholic Charities, MDA, Charles Settlement House and Ronald McDonald House.  

Attended by Thousands Each Year!

The festival is regularly attended by thousands of people each year, with  exciting demographics, ranging from teenagers to 65+ individuals, and  offering sponsors a very attractive marketing opportunity, and credible  return on investment. The event draws both local area sponsors and  international big-name corporations each year. Click on the crowd image  above, to be brought to the Little Italy Association's Facebook page, to see many more images and videos of the festival. **2018 marks the  festival's 5th Anniversary! 

Great Food, Music & Family Fun!

The festival presents a truly wide variety of food and family-oriented  activities each year, for both children and adults, representing the rich diversity and inclusiveness of the Rochester area's 150 year-old  Little Italy neighborhood.  The event has included bounce houses,  carnival rides and games for kids, bocce, wine-tastings, cooking  demonstrations, and even a very fun spaghetti eating contest, and it  offers attendees much more than an Italian festival -- making the Little  Italy Fest one of Rochester's most popular multi-cultural "neighborhood  celebrations!"  

Uplifting Rochester & Little Italy!

The festival acts as a vital part of the exciting effort to commemorate and  revitalize Rochester's 150 year-old Little Italy Historic District and the Lyell Avenue/Jay Street Corridor.  By helping bring people and neighborhood activity to Downtown Rochester, and to this long-neglected neighborhood area, the festival plays an important part in the overall effort to change the "perception" of the area, and help make it safe,  attractive and inviting again, and it serves as a catalyst in the effort to bring change and transform the area into a hip, welcoming and sustainable 21st Century urban neighborhood. 


Little Italy Fest 2017 - Riverside Festival Site -  Rochester, NY 

Little Italy Fest 2017 - Sal Valentinetti [Finale] - 13 August 2017 


Download the 2018 festival promotional flyer!

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