Italian Festival

The Watkins Glen Italian American Festival is a major community event and one that is greatly anticipated every year!


The 2022 event will be held on August 5-6, 2022, at Clute Park in Watkins Glen. Please check Facebook for up-to-date information.


The festival was founded by a small group of Italian Americans residing in Watkins Glen to honor the Feast of the Assumption, which occurs each August. To celebrate, a procession of men carried the Virgin Mary on their shoulders through the streets of the village, ending in Lafayette Park. Over the years, the celebration grew and the location had to be changed to Clute Park. It is now a two day event that attracts more than 50,000 visitors to the village of Watkins Glen.

The Watkins Glen Italian American Festival, Inc. is a 501c3 corporation operated by a volunteer staff of officers and committee members, who donate their time, energy,  and labor twelve months of the year to prepare for the annual event.  In addition to the festival staff, approximately fifty volunteers help on the festival weekend. New volunteers are always welcome. 



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