Hoboken Italian Festival


Quick 3 minute overview of the festival and the fireworks. See some more submitted pictures after the jump.


Some more pictures from 411 reader Misty:


Now that the unofficial end of summer has passed us, what better time to have a four-day gluttonous food, drink and entertainment extravaganza in Hoboken!

Starting this Thursday, and running through Sunday is the 81st annual Hoboken Italian Festival, held near Frank Sinatra Park.

Cannoli’s, sausage & peppers, deep fried zeppole’s, booze, bands, eating contests and much much more. Be sure to swing by a couple times. Two things to definitely check out: The fireworks on Saturday, and return of “Krystal” on Sunday!

Here’s last years Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri.


Hoboken Italian Festival

Thursday September 6, 2007

Friday September 7, 2007

  • 5:00pm: Festival Opens
  • 6:00–9:00pm: Youth Gone Wild – Kids That Rock
  • 9:30–11:00pm: Tribute to Bon Jovi

Saturday September 8, 2007

  • 11:00am: Mass (St. Francis Church)
  • 12 Noon: Festival Opens
  • 1:00pm: Bloomfield 22-Piece Mandolin Orchestra
  • 1:00-4:00pm: Procession through Hoboken Streets
  • 2:30pm: “I Vignarul” – Gruppo di ricerca folklorico di Pignola (Folk Group from Pignola, Italy)
  • 4:00pm: Fleet Blessing – Pier A Park:
    Experience TRUE Italian culture today from this 600+ year tradition first started by fishermen in the coastal city of Molfetta, Italy (Bari Region). Walk along as an 800lb. statue of the Madonna processes through the historic streets of Hoboken from St. Francis Church (following 11:00am Mass) to Pier A (and the Hudson River). Then partake in the Blessing of the Fleet as the Madonna is placed on a boat and floats in the Hudson blessing
    all boats and ships near by.
  • 4:00pm: Gigolo Johnny
  • 6:00pm: “Millennia” – Playing a mix of yesterday’s and today’s top Italian hits
  • 7:30pm: “I Vignarul” (again)
  • 8:30 pm: Cannoli Eating Contest
  • 9:00 pm: Fireworks (by Castiglione) – see a short video of the fireworks from last year. The best in town. Bring earplugs!
  • 9:30 pm: “Millennia” (again)

Sunday September 9, 2007

  • 12 Noon: Festival Opens
  • 12:30-2:30 pm: Hoboken Acoustic Jam
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: “Krystal” – The reunion of one of Hoboken’s most popular bands
  • 4:30pm: Grape Stomp Contest
  • 5:30pm: Johnny Contardo – Former Lead Singer of Sha Na Na!
  • 7:00pm: “The Brooklyn Reunion” – Ultimate Doo Wop Triple Play. Starring The Emotions, The Excellents and The Classics
  • 10:00pm: Grand Raffle Drawing

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27 Comments on "Hoboken Italian Festival"

8 years 2 months ago

To be perfectly honest, this festival doesn’t seem much more “Italian” than the St Ann’s fest, which is right near my building. Festival food, music, and a beer tent mostly. I’m glad the Jovi Tribute is playing though. I enjoy them at Willie McBride’s but I don’t care for that bar, so seeing them outside should be neat.

8 years 2 months ago

so its the same old garbage festival food and no local booths?

strand tramp
8 years 2 months ago

can anyone tell me how many “festivals” we have in town now? seems the number increases every year, to the point where they all are pretty much the same. i don’t see much of a benefit to residents or local businesses either, other than a dozen bar owners. how about this; Feast of St Anthony, St Ann’s festival, Italian festival, (what happened to st merieri street festival?) children’s festival, fall art/music festival, spring art/music festival, holiday craft’s fair, Puerto Rican festival, St partick’s parade…
other than the nationality of those being arrested for public drinking or fighting, they’re all the same;… Read more »

8 years 2 months ago

These festivals crack me up. The same few dozen vendors selling overpriced crap around the tri-state…as soon as this is over they’ll pack up and grace Mulberry street for a week or so.


8 years 2 months ago

How many Italian festivals do we need in this town? How about a German, Irish, Danish, or Egyptian festival. I could even deal with a hippie fest for a change. I’m sick of the same old overpriced beer and garbage for food!