Festa! 2018 Begins Aug. 9 In Ansonia

ANSONIA The Holy Rosary Church’s annual Italian festival, Festa!, is Aug. 9 to Aug. 11.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on church grounds — 10 Father Salemi Drive.

Admission is free.

Click here for a website. Click here for a Facebook event page.

The festival is a celebration of Italian heritage as the parish recalls its roots as an immigrant church in the early 1900s.  The current church (and festival) is located in the old Powe Street neighborhood that once housed a vibrant Italian enclave from 1900 to the flood redevelopment era of the 1960s.

Festa! features freshly prepared Italian food favorites cooked daily by parishioners, musical entertainment, and rides for kids (Thursday is bracelet night).

Music-wise, the lineup features Tony Santoli & Mark Lanzieri as well as I Liguri Thursday, Mark Lanzieri and Tony Santoli as well as The Navels Friday, and Tony Santoli, Rich DiPalma, and Mark Lanzieri Saturday.

Visitors can also try their hands at the games of skill and chance, and browse through an Italian Marketplace selling Italian gifts and novelties.

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