Voted a "Best Cultural Festival of Rochester" for 2017 & 2018 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. It is an inclusive "neighborhood celebration" - NOT ONLY AN ITALIAN FEST! It brings diversity, and both multi-cultural and economic opportunities to the Rochester, NY area. It's Rochester's biggest and most popular Italian Fest, and most inclusive Neighborhood Celebration!
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"), Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses & many more.
Since its inception, the festival has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the needy served by various local charities, such as Alternatives for Battered Women, Willow, House of Mercy, Open Door Mission, Catholic Charities, Catholic Family Center of Rochester, MDA, Charles Settlement House and the Ronald McDonald House.
The festival is regularly attended by thousands of people each year, with a very wide demographic reach for our sponsors, 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. 2022 is the Little Italy Festival's 7th anniversary!
The festival has presented a wide variety of food and family-oriented activities for both children and adults, representing the rich diversity and inclusiveness of Rochester's Historic Little Italy Neighborhood. In past years, the event has included activities like bounce houses for kids, carnival rides, bocce, wine-tastings, cooking demonstrations, and even a very fun spaghetti eating contest each year, and it offers attendees much more than an ordinary Italian Festival -- making the Little Italy Fest one of Rochester's most popular and most inclusive "neighborhood celebrations!" Note: each year may offer different activities and entertainment.
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 Corridors. 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 welcoming to all once again; and it serves as a catalyst to our efforts to bring change, and transform the area into a sustainable 21st Century urban neighborhood and Community Benefit District.
Our new TV Commercial! Thanks to our sponsors at 13 WAM and the Sinclair Broadcast Group!
Little Italy Fest 2017 - Riverside Festival Site - Rochester, NY
Little Italy Fest 2017 - Sal Valentinetti [Finale] - 13 August 2017