La Festa returns to Scranton

Featured — By on August 17, 2009 at 8:45 am

Labor Day weekend means one thing in downtown Scranton – the return of La Festa Italiana.

The annual three-day festival of Italian food, culture and music is schedule for September 5-7, 2009, on Courthouse Square in Scranton. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Monday.

Thousands of people from across the state travel to Northeastern Pennsylvania each year to sample the finest Italian cuisine from more than 60 vendors, prepared fresh every day.

Along with the fantastic food choices, La Festa also offers continuous live entertainment. The entertainment schedule includes:

Saturday, September 5th

  • Noon, Opening Ceremony
  • 12:15-1:15 p.m., Ron Lee’s Orchestra
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Civic Dance Studio
  • 2-3 p.m., Picture Perfect
  • 3-3:30 p.m., Arabesque Dance Academy
  • 4-5 p.m., Take Five
  • 6-7 p.m., Hi-Lites with Pat Aita
  • 8-9 p.m., Los Vega
  • 9:30-11 p.m., University of Scranton Jazz Band

Sunday, September 6th

  • 10 a.m., Mass in Italian at St. Peter’s Cathedral
  • Noon-1 p.m., Ringold Pops
  • 2-4 p.m., King Henry and the Original Showmen
  • 3:15-3:30 p.m., United Sports Academy of Gymnastics
  • 5-6 p.m., The Paramounts
  • 5-6 p.m., Strolling Paci Band
  • 6-6:30 p.m., Ballet Theatre of Scranton
  • 7-8 p.m., Frank Sinatra Tribute featuring Chris DiMattio
  • 8:30-10 p.m., The Poets
  • 10 p.m., Fireworks

Monday, September 7th

  • Noon-1 p.m., Gene Dempsey’s Orchestra
  • 1 p.m., Juggler/Magician Al Grout
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m., Italian Continentals with Mike Lanza
  • 3 p.m., Al Grout, Juggler and Magician
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m., Gerard Mayer Show Band
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m., Los Vega
  • 7:30 p.m. The Duprees

For updates on entertainment, visit Rediscover Scranton.

This year, in conjunction with La Festa, Steamtown National Historic Site will host Lackawanna Railfest ’09 September 5-6 featuring behind-the-scenes tours, exhibits and displays, special excursions, theater presentations, re-enactments and a USO musical performance. Shuttle transportation will be provided between La Festa and Steamtown.

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