Italian culture is all about tradition and the Italian Market Festival is no exception.
Come out and celebrate the best Italy has to offer at the annual South 9th Street Italian Market Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
The nation's oldest outdoor continuous market will feature activities for everyone including four stages of music, a half ball tournament, the procession of saints and plenty of food.
The musical selection will include a main stage at 9th and Washington where WMGK classic rock bands will be performing, DJ Johnny Looch at 9th and Christian, DJ Anthony LoBiondo at 9th and Federal and accordion artist Jeff Podurgiel at 9th and Carpenter.
Festival-goers can also take in a Half Ball Tournament at Christopher Columbus Charter School which will benefit the Mummers Fancy Brigade, marking the first time the Festival and Brigade have joined forces.
Anyone interested in participating can register for the tournament online at ItalianMarketFestival.com or at the South Street Embroidery at 233 Federal Street.
The festival will also include a Mural Arts project where selected canopies will unveil original art depicting the vendors’ stories.
Festival visitors should also check out Esposito’s Meats that will be celebrating a century of business by serving 100-foot long stuffed sausage, courtesy of Grandpa Esposito’s 100-year old recipe.
"We’ll be cutting and cooking up the sausage into sandwiches," says Louis Esposito II. "And we thought inviting our customers to partake in the excitement would be a fun way to show our appreciation for their support and honor our 100 year heritage."
On Sunday, the Procession of Saints will bless the Festival on their journey from Mary Magdalen Church to St. Paul Catholic Church, starting at 11 a.m. The blessing of the market will take place at 9th and Washington.
Vendors will be selling everything from photos to jewelry to sculptures and more throughout the weekend.
And lots of the great eateries in the area will be selling tasty treats.
The Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Fitzwater to Federal Street, rain or shine.