About Little Italy
Little Italy in San Diego, California is a delightful way to experience the traditions and delicious food that acknowledge the great Italian influence and culture that have enhanced this country. Located in downtown San Diego, Little Italy was originally an Italian fishing neighborhood in the early 1900's (making it into the world's tuna industry center), but when Interstate 5 was constructed in the early 1970's, it destroyed 35% of the neighborhood. However, in 1996 the Little Italy Association, comprised of property and business owners, decided to rebuild and beautify their area, which now offers art galleries and public art displays, retail shops with memorabilia, excellent restaurants, frequent and annual celebration events, as well as residential developments including high rises and lofts. You may want to plan your visit around one or more of the following annual events In February the Little Italy Carnevale is a mask and costume competition. The annual Mission Federal ArtWalk in April (the largest art event in the region) has celebrated 25 years and offers fine art, dance and music performances, family activities, and, of course, delicious food. May finds the Festivale Siciliano with Sicilian cuisine and entertainment. September brings the Italian Motorsport Show.October has the largest Italian festival except for New York City (Precious Festa) with its entertainment, Painting Festival, other tournaments, crafter and food booths.
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Events in Little Italy
FNGRS CRSSD presents CRSSD Fest SPRING '19 Saturday + Sunday MARCH 2/3 Waterfront Park, San Diego 21+
2019 WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Music & Brew Festival - March 29-31, 2019 featuring Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Ba
at Squaw Valley Resort Find Tickets
WinterWonderGrass WinterWonderGrass is an all-ages family event, must be 21+ to purchase alcohol. The event is outdoors in the winter and takes place snow, rain or shine.
Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend 2019
at Palm Springs, California Find Tickets
The world famous Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is the largest lesbian event on the planet and features comedy shows, pool parties, night parties, concerts, celebrity sightings, Celebrity meet and greets Contests DJ Battles performances and so much more.
The 2019 OakHeart Country Music Festival
at Conejo Creek (South Park) Find Tickets
Artist Lineup Coming Soon!
Kate Wolf Music Festival 2019
at Black Oak Ranch Find Tickets
MORE THAN 40 ACTS ON 5 STAGES Booker T's Stax Revue John Hiatt Ruthie Foster Jim Messina Las Cafeteras California Honeydrops Old Blind Dogs Ace of Cups Poor Man's Whiskey Rainbow Girls Singing Out Tour w/Crys Matthews, Heather Mae, JJ Jones, Joe Stevens