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Zeppoles & Za: Don’t Miss the 108th {St. Ann’s Italian Festival}

It’s about time to accept that the summer bod isn’t going to happen this year, and you might as well stuff your face with fried dough. Thankfully, the St. Ann’s Italian Festival is right around the corner! From 7/21-7/26, you have the opportunity to experience a true Italian celebration with great food, live music, raffles, games, and much more!

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The festival is hosted by St. Ann’s church to celebrate a 9-day Novena, which is a form of prayer. You can find the festivities around St. Ann’s Square, on 7th and Jefferson Streets.



The food selection at this festival is more legit than your grandma’s dinner table. There is a variety of street food options from around the world, from your classic pizza to Venezuelan-style arepas. However, one option that you simply can’t walk by is the St. Ann’s Famous Zeppole stand. The line is typically wrapped around the entire festival, but I promise you that those fried dough balls are worth the wait.

Live Music

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Below are the performers that will be taking the stage each night:

  • Saturday, 7/21 – Italian Night, featuring Elio Scaccio
  • Sunday, 7/22 – Beginnings, a tribute to the music of Chicago
  • Monday, 7/23 – Latin Night, featuring Orques
  • Tuesday, 7/24 – Lights Out, A tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  • Wednesday, 7/25 – Jake’s Rockin’ Country Band
  • Thursday, 7/26 – Disco 54, The Ultimate Disco Experience


Here’s when you can join in on the fun:

  • Saturday, 7/21: 1-11pm
  • Sunday, 7/22: 1-11pm
  • Monday, 7/23: 6-11pm
  • Tuesday, 7/24: 6-11pm
  • Wednesday, 7/25 6-11pm
  • Thursday, 7/26 1-11pm

You do not need a ticket to attend this event. Click here for more information.

Written by Gab Cerami

Gab is a full-time desk jockey, but fuller time foodie. Born and raised in New Jersey, Gab made her way to Hoboken a few years ago and has been on the hunt for the trendiest food scenes in the NYC area ever since. You can find her cooking her way through Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook (#gabandchrissy) and spending too much time capturing the right light to photograph a plate. Follow @brbcookingdinner on Instagram to check out all of her food pics and captions that include rap lyrics that replace the word “Yeezy” with “cheesy”.