Top East Bay Weekend Events: Little Italy Festival, Castro Street Fair & PIER 39 Anniversary
Your Ultimate Weekend Guide: East Bay Events You Can't Miss!
The East Bay is buzzing with excitement this weekend, and for good reason! From celebrating Italian culture in San Jose to marking milestones in San Francisco, there's something for everyone. Here's a rundown of the top events you won't want to miss:
1. 6th Annual Little Italy San Jose Festival
Dive into the rich Italian culture at the Little Italy San Jose District this weekend. The festival promises a delightful mix of:
- Authentic Italian Cuisine: Savor traditional dishes from Little Italy businesses and renowned Italian restaurants across Santa Clara County.
- Supercars of Italy Car Show: Feast your eyes on over 60 luxury Lamborghini and Ferrari vehicles.
- Entertainment: The festival boasts a stellar lineup of Italian musicians, including the likes of Pasquale Esposito, Vanessa Raci, and the Anthony Nino Lane Band. Don't miss the street performances, including the Balliamo Italian Folk Dance Group and a unique pizza acrobatics show!
- Wine & Crafts: Enjoy a selection of Italian and Cal-Italia wines in the wine garden and shop from Artisan Italian Craft vendors.
- For the Kids: There's plenty to keep the little ones engaged with various children's activities.
- The festival is free, and there's ample parking at the nearby SAP Center. If you're taking public transport, the San Jose Diridon Station is conveniently located nearby.
Main Stage Schedule:
11:00 – 11:30: Opening Ceremony
11:30 – 11:45: Italian and American National Anthems
12:15 – 12:45pm – Cory Pesatauro Accordion Entertainer
1:15pm – 1:45pm – Vanessa Raci Italian Jazz
1:45pm – 2:15pm – Vanessa Raci & Cory Pesatauro
3:15pm – 4:45pm – Italian Tenor – Pasquale Esposito (Headliner)
5:30pm – 7pm – Anthony Nino Lane Band (Closing Band)
2. San Francisco’s 49th Annual Castro Street Fair
On Sunday, join the vibrant celebration at the Castro Street Fair, founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. This event has been a cornerstone of the Castro District and San Francisco's broader community. Over the years, the fair has generously given back more than $1.5M to its beneficiaries.
- Date & Time: Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 11a-6p
- Location: Castro & Market Street, San Francisco
- Admission: Free (suggested donation: $10 to $20)
- Note: This is a smoke-free event.
3. SF’s “Pier 39” 45th Anniversary Celebration + Drone Show
Celebrate PIER 39's 45th Anniversary on Saturday with a day filled with music, entertainment, and a mesmerizing drone light show over the Bay.
- Noon – 5pm: Enjoy performances from PIER 39 Street Performers and Musicians.
- 5 – 7pm: Groove to the tunes of Mustache Harbor – Hardcore Soft Rock Band.
- 7:30 – 10pm: DJ Pauly Paul takes over the decks.
- 9pm: The highlight of the evening - Drone Light Show at the Bay End.
- Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 2023 | Noon to 10p
- Location: PIER 39, San Francisco
- Admission: FREE
So, whether you're a foodie, a car enthusiast, a music lover, or just looking for a fun-filled weekend, the East Bay has got you covered. Mark your calendars and make the most of these fantastic events!
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