At one time, Washington, D.C., had its very own Little Italy! The area around Holy Rosary Church, at Third and F Streets, N.W., was once home to a vibrant Italian neighborhood, complete with frequent feste - or street festivals - like those in New York, Milwaukee, Chicago, Baltimore and many Italian cities. In 1999, Washington's active and growing Italian community came together to revive the traditions of their ancestors, and D.C.'s Festa Italiana was born! The inaugural festival that year drew 1,500 of the metro area's Italian-Americans and those interested in Italian culture, and it has grown every year since!
Now in its ninth year, the Festa Italiana, the largest Italian festival in the D.C. area, and the only one in downtown Washington, will be held on Sunday, July 8th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Third and F Streets, N.W.
On tap will be plenty of delicious Italian food, live music, dancing, crafts, trade demonstrations, games, performances and events for children and much, much more!
Click the above never before seen photo depicting the Monaldi Brothers Band performing at the 2006 event which took place on Sunday, 24 September 2006. They are scheduled for an encore performance at this year's 8 July 2007 Festa Italiana.