Little Italy is hosting one heck of a street party this weekend: the Little Italy FESTA, complete with live music, delicious food and Gesso Italiano, Italian chalk painting.
The lively festival – running strong for the past 20 years – takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the heart of Little Italy.
This year, highlights include live music on three stages, cooking demonstrations and chalk artists creating unbelievable masterpieces before the eyes of attendees. The family-friendly event will also boast plenty of activities for kids including a fun zone with inflatables, face painting and balloon art.
Attendees can also partake in game of stickball or a bocce ball tournament.
Of course, the FESTA will also feature plenty of delicious Italian food served al fresco throughout the neighborhood known for its Italian eateries.
Many restaurants will participate in the event, including Extraordinary Desserts on Union Street, which will host its “Dessert Festa” on its patio from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The free event will feature the unveiling of master pastry chef Karen Krasne’s newest cake creation, Black Velvet, a vanilla bean-soaked chocolate cake layered with cream cheese mascarpone whip cream and salted chocolate cocoa nibs.
Guests can enjoy free dessert samples, plus two traditional cake walks with prizes, including that new Black Velvet cake. A DJ will play some tunes while a chalk artist entertains the crowd there, too.