Your Guide To This Year’s 18th Avenue Feast In Bensonhurst

Photo: William Caruso

Get ready, Bensonhurst’s annual Festa di Santa Rosalia is back!

The 42nd annual Italian-American Feast will start on August 17, on the boulevard named for Cristoforo Colombo, between 68th Street and 75th Street and will last through August 27.

On weekdays, the Feast will bring delicious food, live music, rides, and carnival games to the strip from 6pm to 11pm. Weekends start earlier, with the festival running from 11am to 11pm.

The 10-day event honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily, where the “Festa” has been celebrated continuously since 1624. Organizers of the Bensonhurst event say it is the largest Italian-American festival in Brooklyn.

Photo via Angelo Timoneri

The Feast will kick-off with a live performance by Walter Curella. Event organizer Angelo Timoneri hopes the mayor is able to come and speak a few words as well. And though he isn’t sure it’ll happen, “there’s still a huge probability that it might,” Timoneri said.

Here are other honorary guests expected to show up: The Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Vincent Gentile, State Senator Marty Golden, Assemblyman Peter Abbate, and Councilman Mark Treyger.

Other bands being featured on the 10-day Feast are MGM, R3 Brothers, and Voice among others.

A great day to attend the festival is August 27, said Timoneri, when there will be a solemn procession up 18th Avenue and then back down 20th Avenue to Saint Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway). The march will be followed by a 3pm mass at the church, and, as always, parishioners will be treated to free cannoli and refreshments, courtesy of Villabate Alba, after the service.

“I just want a greater turnout,” Timoneri said. “We’ve been doing this for such a long time. I like the whole ensemble the food, the music… especially the music.”

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Zainab Iqbal

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  1. I, along with others, were very upset the 1 year that they didn’t have this feast. Living in the area for over 50 years and hope they continue to have this event. I had a cousin whose husband had a food wagon and we used to gather there and the entire family would support him. Great food, great times.

  2. Miss this days always know when it’s summer time when you have all the feasts come miss my home always ?

  3. Why, why, why do they keep having this!!!!! It is not the same any more and hasn’t been in over 30 years!!! It’s disgusting now. The streets get filthier then they are now without this feast and the smell is horrible from all the trash. The people are not the same. It causes nothing but extra traffic never know here the B8 runs and you need to wait even longer for it when you do know where it is running. They really need to cancel this.

  4. What’s the matter with you Diane? The feast is an awesome tradition and the kids love it. Go take a nap or something!

  5. It’s nice to still have this feast, but it’s true. It is not the same as it was years ago. Different people, different music. They use to play only italian music and have italian bands. Now most of the music they play is Spanish and the streets are very dirty. I’ve lived in this neighborhood all of my life and if you went to this feast every year, you can see the change. It really is ashame. But I guess times change.

  6. All you see now is a bunch of little girls trying to be grown . The feast isn’t what it use to be . It’s fun for the kids whatever few rides they have but that’s about it. The games are rip offs too. The only good thing there is the sausage and zepplies:)

  7. Why not go to a REAL feast, the San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy! It, too, went through a decline for a few years, but someone stepped in, cleaned it up, and it is a blast to attend. The performers all put on a decent show. The music is all Italian. The atmosphere is exuberating. The food is delicious. The price? Well, you can’t win em all!

  8. I had the best times there with my friends! Great memories the dj’s were always awesome. Unfortunately they had to stop the djs because of fights. But of course it changed TIMES have changed. I plan on taking my 12 n 13 yr olds with their friends. Think they would enjoy it! My 13 yr old daughter went to a feast in Howard Beach about two weeks ago. Made me smile told her how much fun my friends n I used to have ugh to be young again lol

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