The Summer of 2024 is underway, can you smell the fried dough yet? It's a little early in the season for harvest festivals, but the 2024 Italian Festival scene is heating up. Here a list of the upcoming Italian festivals scheduled around Connecticut this year.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Highland Avenue in Waterbury will get things started with their 86th annual Feast July 13-16. All of your favorites are on the menu again, including their famous fried dough, soffrito, meatball and sausage and pepper sandwiches, Italian pastries, Italian ice, espresso, and hopefully OLMC will be bringing Zoogie in to take care of shucking the clams. The OLMC is perfect for families, and a great event for the kids. Live music is slated for each evening up until close.

The 19th Annual Southington Italian-American Festival is coming to Lower Center Street from Friday July 28 - Sunday July 30, 2024. The 2024 event promises to be jampacked with live entertainment featuring classic Italian songs and they've even booked an Elvis impersonator to grace the stage. Southington's Italian-American Festival also showcases an Italian marketplace, Bingo, and a Sunday morning mass outdoors.

Photo by Large Dave
Photo by Large Dave

The third annual San Gennaro festival will return to Danbury's CityCenter Green as a 5 day event for 2024 from Wednesday, August 21 - Sunday August 25, 2024. The entertainment booked for this year includes headliners The Zoo, Beyond Purple, and the Phil Engel Band. The star attractions will no doubt be the fried dough and zeppole, but Jimi Bell

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