The Ultimate Italian Fiesta in South Philly: Annual St. Nicholas Festival with Procession, Italian Delights, Live Music, Dancing & Family Fun

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — A beloved tradition with roots back to the early 1900s returns to South Philadelphia this coming weekend. The Annual St. Nicholas of Tolentine Authentic Italian Festival will bring out thousands of people on Sunday, October 1, 2023, to the 1700 Block of South 9th Street.

One of the largest authentic Italian festivals of the year is back after the pandemic and will start with the annual religious procession throughout the neighborhood with a long line of the Statues of Saints and their faithful following.

This year, the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Italian Festival will host a special ceremony to honor the late Bobby Rydell, Charlie Gracie, and Jerry Blavat, who were all lost over a 9 month period last year.

Food vendors will include The Kitchen Consigliere, Marra’s Pizza, Esposito Porchetta, Termini Bros Bakery, Del Buono Bakery and others. Entertainment will include The East Passyunk Opera Project, Nick Desiderio, The Vivaci Dancers, That’s Amore: The Great Italian-American Songbook, Quaker City String Band, City Rhythm “Love Train Dance Party,”  Lights Out and DJ Spanky Brown.

Family and fun for the kids will include rides, face painting, games, sandy candy, sand art and more.  The festival is free and open to the public, with food and drink pay-as-you-go.

In the event of bad weather, the rain date is Sunday, October 8, 2023. For more information, visit

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