The upcoming 86th Annual Hoboken Italian Festival which will be returning to Sinatra Park from Thursday, September 6th through Sunday, September 9th. Admission is free and over 50,000 people are expected to attend over the course of four days. The festival will include musical acts, entertainment, games and food vendors in order to help celebrate all things Italian. Naturally, Carlo’s Bakery aka “The Cake Boss” will be on site dishing out Cannoli’s. The Hoboken Italian Festival aims to give Italians an outlet to celebrate their culture while simultaneously sharing the Italian culture with people from all backgrounds.
Some of the Events:
- Activities for all interests and ages with a special focus on children’s entertainment throughout the weekend
- Annual Cannoli Eating Contests on Saturday night
- Annual Hoboken Fire Department vs. Hoboken Police Department Grape Stomping Contest
- Major fireworks show closing out Saturday’s festivities
- World War II Memorial Commemoration
- A reenactment of the legend of the Madonna dei Martiri which has had special meaning to the Italian town of Molfetta for hundreds of years (the celebration of the Madonna is the largest outside of Italy)
This landmark event is open daily on September 6th and 7th from 5 to 11pm, and from noon to 11pm on September 8th and 9th.
Below is additional information on the event from their press release:
HOBOKEN ITALIAN FESTIVAL SET TO CARRY OUT 86TH YEAR
SEPTEMBER 6-9TH AT HOBOKEN’S FRANK SINATRA PARK
The 86th Annual Hoboken Italian Festival returns to Sinatra Park along the Hoboken waterfront, Thursday, September 6th through Sunday, September 9th. This landmark event is open daily on September 6th and 7th from 5 to 11pm, and from noon to 11pm on September 8th and 9th. Admission is free, with over 50,000 people expected over the course of four days.
As the patron saint of sailors, the Madonna dei Martiri has had special meaning to the Italian coastal town of Molfetta for hundreds of years. The Hoboken Italian Festival recreates the traditional Molfettese feast in honor of the Madonna’s history. Speaking on the event, organizer Greg Gallo says, “We are excited and honored to provide a space where Italian-Americans can reconnect with their roots, and people from other cultures can get a taste and appreciation for all that Italy has to offer.”
The Hoboken Italian Festival includes activities for all interests and ages, with a special focus on children’s entertainment throughout the weekend. The annual Cannoli Eating Contest takes place on Saturday night, while the Hoboken Fire and Police Departments square off on Sunday afternoon for their annual Grape Stomp Contest. Free live entertainment is provided throughout the four days including: a Battle of the DJ’s on Thursday night, Freestyle Friday Night, All-Italian Saturday, and a variety of music on Sunday. Guests will be able to partake in all festivities while enjoying food from many different Italian vendors including treats from Hoboken’s own Carlo’s Bakery, of TLC’s hit show “Cake Boss.”
Mass celebrating the Feast of Madonna dei Martiri will be celebrated at St. Francis Church in Hoboken on Saturday, September 8th, at 11am. Later in the day on Saturday there will be a World War II Memorial Commemoration in honor of all 159 Hobokenites who lost their lives in the war, many of whom were Italian-Americans. A major fireworks show will take place along the waterfront of the Hudson River to close out Saturday’s festivities. For more information about the Hoboken Italian Festival please visit http://www.hobokenitalianfestival.com/.
About the Hoboken Italian Festival: http://www.hobokenitalianfestival.com
The Hoboken Italian Festival, Inc. is organizer of the event. Assistance is provided by The Society of Madonna Dei Martiri, which was incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1927. Throughout the years, the festival has seen many changes. One thing that has been consistent, is the dedication to Madonna dei Martiri as a way of reuniting and uplifting the Italian community every year.