North end Boston is an area rich with history and culture. From the delightful cuisine to the historic landmarks, there’s no shortage of things to enjoy when you’re in the area. August kicks off festival season in the North End. Attending an iconic North End Festival is a great way to get involved in your community or learn more about the area if you’re just passing through. These are some of the must-see festivals happening this year.
The Fisherman’s Feast
Fleet, Lewis, and North Street will be busy hosting the Fisherman’s Feast on August 15th and 16th. This feast is Boston’s oldest festival with 109 years and counting. Some notable events at this feast include a meatball competition, live music, and a procession through the streets.
The Feast of Madonna Della Cava
August 9th, 10th, and 11th are used to celebrate Madonna Della Cava. The celebration takes place on Hanover and Battery streets. People in Sicily celebrate at the same time in their home country with a similar festival. Marching bands, raffles, and a dance party are just the beginning of this celebration!
Feast of Saint Lucia
This festival takes place on August 22nd and 23rd at Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin streets. The festival is used to honor Saint Lucy. Saint Lucy was a brave protector of her faith and even survived being stabbed in the throat with a sword. Saint Lucy is remembered during this festival as they parade her statue through the streets and celebrate in her name. You’ll be able to experience dancing, local cuisine, and more.
Saint Anthony’s Feast
On August 22nd-25th you can enjoy Saint Anthony’s Feast at the same location as the Feast of Saint Lucia. Saint Anthony’s Feast is especially unique this year because it marks 100 years of celebrating Saint Anthony during festival season in the North End. Saint Anthony was known for his dedication to helping the less fortunate and caring for those in need. The festival will feature over 100 local food vendors, music, a parade, and so much more!
San Gennaro Feast
September 13th and 15th are one of the last festivals during this year’s festival season. This festival takes place on Hanover and Battery streets. This is only the second year that the San Gennaro Feast has taken place, so the specifics will be a surprise to everyone who visits! Last year included live music, food, and a procession through the streets.
Visiting a festival in Boston’s North End is a great way to get a closer look at the culture in the area. It’s a close-knit community with tons of history that they’re happy to share and celebrate with anyone who visits!