San Francisco’s Italian Heritage Festival And Parade Are Not To Be Missed This Weekend

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

San Francisco’s Italian Heritage Festival And Parade Are Not To Be Missed This Weekend

Viva Italia!

It’s that time of year! San Francisco’s vibrant Italian community will come out in droves this weekend to celebrate the Italian Heritage Festival from Friday, October 8 until Sunday, October 10. Festivities include a block party, a bazaar, and of course the Italian Heritage Parade on Sunday. You don’t want to miss this giant party lifting up the contributions of Italian-Americans in San Francisco!

Here’s the widely-anticipated schedule of events:

Washington Square Lighting and Block Party

6-8pm on Friday, October 8

Italian Heritage Weekend will kick off with a lively block party in Washington Square. Come for the lighting ceremony, stay for the DJ and aperitivo! Watch the park, St. Peter and Paul’s Church, and the SF Italian Athletic Club become illuminated in the red, white and green of the Italian flag! The Club will host a full open bar and food, to be enjoyed with music, speakers, performers, and a rendition of the Italian national anthem.


Saints Peter & Paul Bazaar

5-9pm Friday 10/8 (alumni event), 11am-6pm Saturday 10/9 – Sunday 10/10

Saints Peter & Paul Church will host their 102nd annual bazaar, bringing back beloved outdoor activities including great food and drinks, games for kids and adults, music, rides, and the salami toss! All activities are outdoors and masks are required.

Italian Heritage Parade


12:30pm Sunday 10/10

This legendary event is the oldest Italian Heritage Parade in the United States, dating back to 1868. Originally the Columbus Day Parade, it officially changed its name in 1994 after public backlash against an event celebrating Christopher Columbus. Nevertheless the parade still draws a loyal crowd to celebrate Italian-American culture in San Francisco.

This year’s parade will start off at 12:30 on Sunday at the foot of Jefferson and Powell Streets Fisherman’s Wharf. It will cruise through North Beach on Columbus Ave and end in Washington Square in front of the church.

Post Parade Dinner

5-9pm Sunday 10/10

The SF Italian Athletic Club will host a post-parade dinner with the Queen and her Court. Dinner tickets are $60 and include an impressive menu of Italian food including mixed greens with apples, dates, toasted walnuts and pecorino; pasta with pesto; rigatoni with meat sauce; brick-pressed chicken with lemon and herbs; roasted potatoes; seasonal vegetables; and more. Drinks include wine and coffee and tea with dessert. Dinner starts at 6pm with a no-host bar starting at 5pm.


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