NIAGARA FALLS – Three days devoted to Italian heritage are coming to the city next weekend.
The annual Italian Festival runs Friday through next Sunday. Centered around the intersection of Pine Avenue and 15th Street, the event is billed as “Three Days of Tradition, Food & Music.”
The event includes more than 20 vendors selling food and other items.
This is the second year the event is being run by the Pax Romana Commission, a men’s bocce club in the city. In June, the city awarded $2,500 in funding to the festival.
The festival includes many long-standing events, like a children’s pageant and a spaghetti-eating contest Saturday. There’s also the Remo Lostracco Memorial Bocce Tournament on Sunday morning, as well as the grape-stomping contest and Italian Special Citizen Awards.
Applications for the pageant are available at DiCamillo Bakery and Latina’s on Pine Avenue.
An Italian Mass will be offered at the St. Joseph site of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph parish at 11 a.m. Sunday.
In addition to the food and drink, the festival also includes live music:
• Chris Borgatti and Peter Heuer, Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• CT Scan, Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.
• USA Band, Friday, 7 to 10.
• Dale Campbell, Saturday, 1 to 2 p.m.
• Jamie Holka and Bruce Wojick, featuring Sal Bianco, Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.
• The Formula, Saturday, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
• Tony Pedulla, Sunday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
• Nick Battistella Sinatra and more, 6:30 to 10 p.m.