An End Of Summer Festival Tradition


Summer isn’t over yet. Enjoy the food, rides and games at the annual Italian Festival at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. Celebrating its 39th year, one of the largest and oldest Italian festival in Nassau County will be held from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9.

Festival organizers again present ride vendor, Blue Sky Amusements, and the festival will be filled with new, thrilling rides. Add this to pay-one-price ride wristbands offered every day and the festival will be one of the best yet.

“For nearly 40 years, the John Michael Marino Lodge Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America has been putting on this amazing Italian festival,” festival chair Sandi Nunziata said. “Between the rides, games, food, pastry, zeppole, entertainment, fireworks and usually perfect early fall weather along beautiful North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington, we think it’s the best festival on Long Island.”

The food court offers a wide variety of traditional carnival fare and delicious ethnic cuisine. Be sure to also visit the Sons of Italy John M. Marino Lodge’s Italian pastry and coffee and wine and beer tents.

The festival is open Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6 and 7, from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Ride wristbands are $10 on Thursday, $30 on Friday and Saturday and $25 on Sunday. As part of a beloved tradition, rides will be free on Sunday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will also be live entertainment every night, a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night and dozens of vendors with jewelry, crafts and gifts.

The festival at North Hempstead Beach Park is at the entrance past 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington. Visit or for details. Like the festival’s Facebook page for details.

As with all their other events, the Sons of Italy in America’s John M. Marino Lodge No.1389 in Port Washington donates a percentage of proceeds from the Italian festival to local and regional charities and scholarships.

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Debbie Greco Cohen is the manager of Greco Integrated Communications, serves on the executive board of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and is a contributing writer to Port Washington News.


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