Boston’s North End is a popular tourist location that is also home to a very close community. The cuisine is what brings people together most, so it’s no surprise that the area has their fair share of festivals that put a heavy focus on the food served. August and September are referred to as festival season in the area due to the high number of festivals so close together. Every festival is different from the last, but they’re all sure to be a good time!
Feast of Madonna Della Cava
During the early 13th century, a young boy living in Sicilia said he was visited in his dreams by Madonna Della Cava. This and other miracles traced back to Madonna Della Cava has led to her being celebrated in Sicily. Ancestors in Boston’s North End continue on the tradition by celebrating her each year. The festival features marching bands, raffle drawings, and more food vendors than you could ever visit! You can join in on the fun august 9th-11th on Hanover and Battery streets.
The Fisherman’s Feast
This feast is the oldest in the north end area. 2019 will mark the 109th year of the celebration. Find the festival on Fleet, Lewis, and North streets on August 15th and 16th. This feast is unique because it honors volunteers who carried a statue created in 1503. You can look forward to a meatball competition, live music, and authentic Italian cuisine.
Feast of Saint Lucia
Endicott, Thatcher, and Margin streets are filled with the guest on August 22nd and 23rd. Those who come to the festival are celebrating Saint Lucy. Saint Lucy is remembered for her unwavering faith and strength throughout history. A statue of Saint Lucy is carried through the streets during the festival while guests enjoy food vendors, dancing, and tasting tents.
Saint Anthony’s Feast
At the same location as Saint Lucia’s feast, the feast of Saint Anthony takes place from August 22nd until the 25th. 2019 marks the 100th year that this festival has taken place, so it’s sure to be even more exciting than normal! Religious services, parades, and cooking demonstrations are just the beginning of what this festival has to offer.
San Gennaro Feast
Hanover and Battery streets will be used on September 13th – 15th to host the San Gennaro Feast. This festival has only happened one other time in 2018, so it will be interesting to see what 2019’s festival has to offer. We’re predicting live music, food, and much more!
Rather you’re local to the North End Boston area or simply stopping by to enjoy the culture, make sure you put a festival or two into your plans. It’s a great chance to enjoy food, good company, and plenty of other fun!