About the Feasts

 

Continuously inhabited since the 1630s, the North End serves as the oldest neighborhood in Boston. While many visitors come here to check out the many landmarks in the area (such as Paul Revere's House or the Old North Church) or to wander the cobble-stoned streets lined with beautiful old architecture - locals know that summer in this Italian neighborhood means the return of the North End Feasts. People from all over come to experience these multi-day festivals that fill the streets with rich Italian heritage and history. Each weekend honors and celebrates a different Italian saint or martyr with music, dancing, authentic Italian street food and parades. 

 

St. Anthony's Feast

 

2024 North End Feasts Schedule

  • Sunday, June 2 - Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession
  • Thursday, August 1, to Sunday, August 4 - St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast
  • Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11 - Madonna Della Cava Feast
  • Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11 - Saint Rocco's Feast
  • Thursday, August 15, to Sunday, August 18 - Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca
  • Thursday, August 22 & 23 - Saint Lucy's Feast
  • Friday, August 22, to Sunday, August 25 - 104th Annual Saint Anthony's Feast
  • Date TBD - Saint Padre Pio Procession
  • Date TBD - St. Joseph Procession
  • Date TBD - Santa Rosalia di Palermo

 

Crowd at the St. Agrippina Feast

Feast Highlights 

 

Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca - August 15-18, 2024

This Feast began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca, Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900s, they brought their traditions with them. Today's Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago, with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.

 

Saint Anthony’s Feast - August 22-25, 2024

Begun in 1919, by Italian immigrants from the small town of Montefalcione in Avellino, Saint Anthony’s Feast has become the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and religious services are held daily.