If you follow my posts, you know that I love Italy. I am also a big fan of Little Italy in San Diego. Little Italy is a trendy and charming section of downtown San Diego California and a great place for a “Vino con Vista.”
Get ready for one of the best festivals in Little Italy; San Diego’s 18th annual Little Italy Festa!
WHEN: Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
WHERE: India Street in Little Italy, San Diego
This is usually a great way to celebrate Columbus Day in San Diego!
Here’s a video of Genoa in honor of Columbus Day for all my Italian Friends http://youtu.be/wujacerrsp8.
Here’s a San Diego video of what you can expect to see in this coastal paradise http://youtu.be/beH01nziAIs
The streets will be covered with chalk art with a re-creation of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. You can “Mambo Italiano” as you listen to live entertainment. There will be plenty of food from the local Little Italy Restaurants.
The Little Italy Association of San Diego hosts the annual event www.littleitalysd.com.
Little Italy is close to the Embarcadero, the Gaslamp Quarter and the Marina District. The landmark sign on India Street, the main commercial corridor was dedicated at the 7th annual “Festa” on October 8, 2000. This neighborhood was settled by Italian immigrants in the 1920′s when they came to America to work in the Tuna Industry.
In Little Italy you can play bocci ball at Amici Park at the corner of State and Date streets. Visit the Firehouse Museum on 1st and B Street. Relax at Piazza Basilone with a fountain and memorial to fallen soldiers. Check out www.anthologysd.com for some live music and great food.
I love strolling down India street and reading all the banners that represent the famous Italian-American actors and their Academy Award winning performances. Al Pacino won Best Actor for” Scent of a Woman.”
Frank Sinatra won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “From Here to Eternity”
The neighborhood is loaded with upscale residential condos, Italian food stores and chic Italian restaurants.
Here’s the Entertainment Line-Up from the Press Room:
As Sydney-native ALFIO continues his travels reaching the shores of almost every continent, his Italian heritage never strays from his heart or his music. Dividing his time between home, America and overseas, he is rapidly gaining fans all over the world, becoming renowned for his mesmerizing live shows and powerful vocals.
When you first meet singer ALFIO, you’re not sure what to expect. He’s easy on the eyes with has a big genuine smile, an Australian accent, a crazy hairstyle and funny jokes. When he starts singing, it all falls into place and you realize that he has the whole package… something undeniable that simply cannot be forced or faked. Women and men alike all fall in love with his Voice. ALFIO’s vocals are clear and strong and he is often compared to Italian singers of yesteryear like legends Claudio Villa and Mario Lanza. With strength and vocal delivery, ALFIO shows his large vocal range as his voice glides effortlessly from pianissimo to forte, all the while maintaining complete control of each note. No matter how large the venue, he captivates his audiences during live shows with equal parts music journey, extraordinary vocals and comedic banter in between and sometimes during songs. He effortlessly brings all generations of music lovers together in one audience, and regardless of what language he sings in, all flow as one.
ALFIO will be performing at the Date Street Stage from 2:30pm-3:45pm.
Phat Cat Swinger
One of the best bands to dance to in the surrounding Los Angeles areas, Phat Cat Swinger was influenced by the classic sounds of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, and Frank Sinatra and mixed with the new swingin’ sounds of such bands as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Brian Setzer. Phat Cat Swinger is a band filled with booming toms, walking bass lines, jumpin’ guitar rhythms, roaring horn lines and smooth vocals.
Born of the idea to bring fun, laughter, great music and entertain audiences with a collective showmanship between 9 band members, Phat Cat Swinger has grown to be one of the hottest live swing bands to hit Southern California’s underground scene.
With their rise in popularity Phat Cat Swinger has toured the country and performed shows with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Royal Crown Revue and even alongside The Coasters.
A big break for the band came when they made an appearance in Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman” music video, where they performed in the beginning scene of the song dressed up to the nines in white suits; and they have also appeared as band members for the Jonas Brothers in their music video “Love Bug.”
The Phat Cat Swinger will be performing on the Date Street Stage from 4:30pm-6:00pm.
Date Street Stage
10:00am-11:00am | Sicilian Swing Quartet
11:30am-12:30pm | Marine Band San Diego – Party Band
12:30pm-1:00pm | Announcements of the Columbus Day Queens
1:00pm-2:15pm | David Patrone
2:30pm-3:45pm | ALFIO
4:30pm-6:00pm | Phat Cat Swinger
Grape Street Stage
10:00am (20 min.) | Stephen Fishwick
11:00am-12:00pm | Guy Rallo
12:30pm-1:30pm | Bella Musica
2:00pm-3:00pm | Sacha Boutros with Trio
3:30pm-4:30pm | Fred Benedetti and Peter Sprague
5:00pm-6:00pm | John Torres
Beech Street Stage
Alternating All Day | Pizarro Brothers
Alternating All Day | Pietro Rizzi
Alternating All Day | Gilbert Gauthier
All Day | Smilin’ Jack
Cooking Demo Stage
Line-up coming soon…
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites.
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