Italian Heritage Festival

Italian Heritage Festival


Join in for the grape stomping, marionette shows, and bocce tournament for this year’s Buffalo Italian Festival held along Hertel Ave in Little Italy, Buffalo!

There is actually plenty more going on than just those, but they might be the real crowd attractors. Well, those things and the food stands. By the way, if you’re going to try a cannoli, and I mean a real cannoli, this is the place to do it, not from a grocery store–it’s a night and day difference!

The 26th Italian Heritage Festival is a fantastico tradition along Hertel Ave. In past years all the tents, stands, and attractions have distracted from the somewhat derelict storefronts, however thanks to an ever booming house market, streams of new businesses and restaurants going in, and, of course, the resurgence of pride in Little Italy, the avenue has gone from ‘meh’ to ‘whoa!’ in a few short years.

The Italian Festival is a great time to bring kids out for some food, fun, and enjoying the beautiful Buffalo sun in the warm month of July. I don’t have kids and I still enjoy it every year. I’ve used each time as an excuse to “dine out”, watch the events (the marionette show actually is hypnotizing, it’s very cool to catch for a while), and enjoy the great weather with the neighbors.

This year the event looks bigger and better than ever with a packed cooking stage schedule, band stage, and Italian Idol.

The Italian Heritage Festival runs from Thursday July 17th through Sunday July 20th from 11 am to 10 pm nightly. For directions to the Festival and parking info, you can check out the map at

Image courtesy the Italian Festival Hertle Ave Facebook Page

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