WILDWOOD – The North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary in the Wildwoods with a weekend of food, fun and Italian-American heritage Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28,
Festivities for the three-day event take place along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood including street vendors displaying Italian memorabilia, food vendors offering a variety of Italian and non-Italian treats, meatball relay races, the ever-growing signing of the olive tree, Little Miss Italy Pageant, and more.
FREE live entertainment will take place all weekend long featuring Philly Cuzz, The Corner Boys, Tony Sacca, and more. This year’s grand marshal is former Philadelphia Eagle, the “Invincible” Vince Papale.
Activities take place from 4 – 10 p.m. on Friday, June 26; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28.
Below is a detailed list of all activities taking place throughout the weekend:
Friday, June 26
4 p.m. – Merchandise and food vendors open
5 p.m. – Philly Cuzz Welcome Party
6 p.m. – Grand Procession in honor or Saint Anthony followed immediately by Official Opening Ceremonies; Grand Marshal is the “Invincible” Vince Papale
7 p.m. – The Corner Boys performs
8:15 p.m. – Tony Sacca performs
9:15 p.m. – Sonny Averone Jr. & Johnny Bones perform a “Martin and Lewis Tribute”
Saturday, June 27
10 a.m. – Merchandise and food vendors open; children’s games and prizes all day long
11 a.m. – Live Broadcast with 98.7 The Coast Radio
2 p.m. – Bittersweet Duo performs
5 p.m. – Philly Cuzz performs; Annual Meatball Relay & Children’s Meatball Relay – ages 7 to 10 (4 to a team); Knights of Columbus Councils Challenge
6:30 p.m. – Members Only performs
7:30 p.m. – “Our Own” Philly Cuzz and the Shoobies performs
9:00 p.m. – TreBella preforms
Sunday, June 28
10 a.m. – Merchandise and food vendors open
11 a.m. – Registration for Annual Little Miss Italy Pageant
Noon – The Rocktologists perform
2 p.m. – Little Miss Italy Pageant begins
3 p.m. – Music with DJ Johnny
5 p.m. – Festival concludes
The North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival is FREE to attend and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #2572. The Knights of Columbus is a non-profit organization and proceeds from the festival benefit Catholic education and various other local charities.
For additional information, please call 609-536-0176 or visit www.kofc2572.org.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.