Reminiscent of Venice, Italy, San Diego’s Little Italy community brings an artsy evening full of whimsical surprises with vignettes of entertainment at the 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale on Saturday, February 9th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This family friendly experience is based off Italian traditions and is free to attend thanks to presenting sponsor Alliance Residential Company and support from Buon Appetito, Kettner House, Craft & Commerce and many others.
Little Italy Association proudly presents its 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale! This year’s Carnevale will transform San Diego’s historic Little Italy into a scene from Venice with a street closures held at the intersections of W. Date & India Streets and India & W. Cedar Streets. A treasured local event, Carnevale will feature various vignettes of entertainment including live music and dancing, stilt-walkers, shopping, dining, art, mask-making for kids and more held throughout the neighborhood. Last year, Carnevale drew more than 12,000 attendees who experienced authentic Italian traditions with people dressed in Venetian regalia in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Carnevale, also known as Carnival or Mardi Gras, marks the final celebration prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent season. People of all ages, from two to 92 are encouraged to participate in the festivities, including the spontaneous performances on street corners and Little Italy Piazzas designed to evoke the playful vibe of the event. Attendees will get a taste of Italian tradition and see how Venetian masks are made and worn to celebrate Carnevale.
Parking is available and Little Italy Valet will be available at a cost of $7 per car. Attendees are also encouraged to take advantage of the trolley that brings riders to the Little Italy Trolley stop, located a few blocks from the event.
For more information on the 10th Annual Little Italy Carnevale, visit www.littleitalysd.com.