Feast of San Gennaro 2015

san-gennaro2015The 89th Annual San Gennaro Festival

September 10 – 20, 2015

This historic Italian festival is the longest-running, biggest and most revered religious outdoor festival in the United States.

Kicking off Thursday, September 10 with a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, the fest runs through Sunday, September 21, 2014, on the streets of historic Little Italy:
Mulberry St. between Canal St. (on south) & Houston St. (on north)
Also on Grand St. (between Mott & Baxter St.) and
Hester St. (between Mott & Baxter St.)


There are free events and entertainment every night:

Thursday, September 10
5-7pm – Gene Roberts and His Band
6-7pm – Blessing of the Stands
7:30-9:30pm – Johnny Mandolin & Friends with Ernie Rossi

Friday, September 11
4-5pm – “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony”
A Musical Tribute with  Patric Hale and Theresa Sareo on the Festival Performance Stage at corner of Grand and Mott Streets
7:30-9:30pm – “Just Friends” Carmine Guglielmino

Saturday, September 12   
2-4pm – Grand Procession
featuring floats, marching bands, musical entertainers and the Statue of San Gennaro through the streets of Little Italy.
Grand Marshal: Actor/singer Tony Danza
Queen: Taylor Caruso; VIPs & Celebrities Gianni Russo; Miss Italia New York
3-4pm – Rocco Mesito Performance
4-5pm – Presentation of Special Birthday Cake Created by Ferrara Cafe in Sinatra’s image.
5- 7pm – City Rhythm
7:30-9:30pm – “The Neighborhood”

Sunday, September 13
1-4pm – “Frank Sinatra Centennial Birthday Concert”
Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday featuring special guest stars and a giant Birthday Cake (4-5pm) prepared by Ferrara Bakery & Cafe on The Festival Performance Stage Hosted by TV Personality Bill Boggs.
3-4pm – Rocco Mesito Performance

Monday, September 14
5-7pm – Francesca Cavaliere
7:30-9:30pm – “Manhattan Skyline”

Tuesday, September 15
2-5pm – Grand Street Merchants: Food Demos and Tastings
7:30-9:30pm – “Nostalgia”

Wednesday, September 16
5-7pm – Cristina Fontanelli
7:30-9:30pm – “15th Annual Enrico Caruso Opera Night”
4 Singers. Keyboard: David Maiullo

Thursday, September 17
3-5pm – Marco Pezzano
7:30-9:30pm – Jimmy Alleva
Friday, September 18
5-6:30pm – “Tre Bella”
JoAnn Robertozzi, Lorraine Ferro, Rosie De Sanctis
7:30-9:30pm – Vito Picone & The Elegants

Saturday, September 19 (Official Feast Day)
2-3pm – A Concelebratory High Mass in honor of San Gennaro in Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, the National Sanctuary of San Gennaro.
3pm  – Religious Procession
4pm –  Unveiling of Ferrara’s world’s largest Gelato Cone at Performanc Stage
7-10pm – Live Radio Broadcast (SiriusXM)
Hosted by Radio Personality Bruce Morrow (“Cousin Brucie”) and featuring musical guest stars.

Sunday, September 20
11:30am-6:30pm – The Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive
2-4pm – Angelo Ruggiero
4-5:30pm:  “Villa Palagonia” perform Sicilian folk music
6-9pm: Jenna Esposito – “hits from The Great Italian-American Songbook, and more!”
With Fortune Esposito and his Band.

More information at SanGennaro.org


Of course, we wouldn’t be MurphGuide without offering some nearby bars for pre & post festival cocktails:

Where to drink before or after the San Gennaro Fest:


304 Bowery
(between Bleecker & Houston St.)
New York, NY
(212) 253-7030



Puck Fair
298 Lafayette St.
(bet. Houston & Prince)
New York, NY
(212) 431-1200



Gatsby's bar, NYC

53 Spring St.
(bet. Lafayette & Mulberry St.)
New York, NY
(212) 334-4430

but wait, there’s more…

Asia Roma: 40 Mulberry St. (between Worth & Bayard St.) New York, NY. (212) 385-1133
Restaurant, bar & lounge with karaoke.

Botanica Bar: 47 E. Houston St. (between Mott & Mulberry St.) New York, NY (212) 343-7251
A classic downtown dive.

Brinkley’s: 406 Broome St. (between Lafayette St. & Cleveland Pl.) New York, NY (212) 680-5600
American style Gastro-pub focused on locally produced and organic beer, wine & menu offerings.

Estela: 47 E. Houston St. (between Mott & Mulberry St.) New York, NY (212) 219-7693
Wine bar & restaurant above Botanica

Gold Bar: 389 Broome St. (Mulberry St.) New York, NY (212) 274-1568
Upscale lounge and nightclub

Ken & Cook: 19 Kenmare St. (between Bowery & Elizabeth St.) New York, NY. (212) 966-3058
Restaurant & raw bar.

Milano’s: 51 E. Houston St. (between Mulberry & Mott) New York, NY. (212) 226-8632
Classic old-school NYC dive bar.

Mother’s Ruin: 18 Spring St. (between Mott & Elizabeth St.) New York, NY
Local bar with crafted cocktails

Mulberry Project: 149 Mulberry St. (between Grand & Hester St.) New York, NY (646) 448-4536
Subterranean cocktail lounge

Mulberry St. Bar:
176 1/2 Mulberry St. (Broome St.) New York, NY. (212) 226-9345
One of NYC oldest bars. A Little Italy classic since 1908

Public: 210 Elizabeth St. (between Prince & Spring St.) New York, NY (212) 343-7011
restaurant & lounge.

Randolph Beer: 343 Broome St. (between Bowery & Elizabeth St.) New York, NY (212) 334-3706
Serving modern American fare and over 60 craft beers

Spring Lounge: 48 Spring St. (Mulberry St.) New York, NY (212) 965-1774
Neighborhood bar with a good craft beer selection.  a.k.a. the Shark Bar

The Vig Bar: 12 Spring St. (Elizabeth St.) New York, NY (212) 625-0011
An intimate, low-key cocktail bar.


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