SAINT ANTHONY’S FEAST: TRADITION, FAITH & COMMUNITY

Fast Feast Facts

• Saint Anthony’s Feast is the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England.
• Celebrated annually since 1919 on the weekend of the last Sunday of August
• Located on Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Streets in Boston’s North End
• All entertainment is free and open to the public
• Donations are accepted at the Chapel of Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy.
• The Grand Procession of Saint Anthony begins at 12:00 Noon and lasts for over TEN hours
• Visitors will have to pay at vendor stands and piazza.
• Hours of Operation: Friday & Monday: 5PM – 11:00 PM – Saturday & Sunday NOON – 11:30PM

Honors. Awards and Special Recognitions

Saint Anthony’s Feast was awarded the title of “Best Festival” by the Boston A-List in 2013. Over 81,000 votes were cast and Saint Anthony’s Feast was named #1 Festival out of 28 held throughout Greater Boston.

Saint Anthony Society was a proud recipient of the North End Against Drugs 2003 N.E.A.D. Outstanding Organization Award in recognition of years of moral and financial support.

Saint John School, the only parochial grammar school in the North End presented Saint Anthony Society with the 2005 Saint John School Legacy Award.

In 2007, the North End Athletic Association presented an engraved Gardner Chair to Saint Anthony Society in recognition of over 40 years of continued support to the North End Little League and sponsorship of The San Antonio Red Sox.

In 1984, Mayor Raymond L. Flynn renamed part of Endicott Street at the “Via Di San Antonio” in celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Feast.

Saint Anthony’s Feast was the highlight on the Washington Mall in our Nation’s Capitol during the 1988 Festival of American Folklife. This week long celebration hosted by the Smithsonian Institute and the National Park Service replicated the North End Feast on the Mall with band concerts, parades and the traditional procession of Saint Anthony.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council hosted the Saint Anthony’s Feast at the 1989 Massachusetts Cultural Festival in Holyoke, Massachusetts. A mass was said in Saint Anthony’s honor followed by the procession of Saint Anthony complete with marching bands.

In 2009, in celebration of the 90th Anniversary, the Blessed Relics of Saint Anthony were brought to the Feast from Padua, Italy by Arch-Bishop Francesco Gioa, Pontifical Delegate to the Basilica di Sant’ Antonio. Thousands flocked to be blessed by Saint Anthony’s holy remains and a beautiful Mass was held in his honor at Saint Leonard Church.

Though the years Saint Anthony’s Feast has been featured in countless news articles, magazines, periodicals, and other publications - National Geographic called Saint Anthony’s Feast the “FEAST OF ALL FEASTS” and the magazine of Italian Food, Wine & Travel stated that Saint Anthony’s Feast is “…A SPECTACLE NOT TO BE MISSED.

Future St. Anthony Feast Dates

94th Anniversary, August 23-25, 2013
95th Anniversary, August 29-31, 2014
96th Anniversary, August 28-30, 2015
97th Anniversary, August 26-28, 2016
98th Anniversary, August 25-27, 2017
99th Anniversary, August 24-26, 2018
100th Anniversary, August 23-25, 2019



Travelling to the Feast

FROM NORTH: Take the I-93 N exit toward SOMERVILLE/CHARLESTOWN. Take the exit toward BOSTON. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MA-99 S/NEW RUTHERFORD AVE. Continue over the North Washington Street Bridge. Feast is visible straight ahead. Turn LEFT onto COMMERCIAL ST for parking lots.

FROM SOUTH: I-93 N/MA-3 N toward BOSTON. Take EXIT 23 toward GOV'T CTR. Bear Right at the top of ramp toward NORTH END/CHARLESTOWN. Turn LEFT onto CROSS ST. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto ENDICOTT ST.

FROM NORTH via ROUTE 1: RTE 1S to TOBIN BRIDGE. Take the exit toward BOSTON/CHARLESTOWN. Take right at top of exit ramp onto MA-99 S/NEW RUTHERFORD AVE. Continue over the North Washington Street Bridge. Feast is visible straight ahead. Turn LEFT onto CAUSEWAY ST for parking lots.

FROM WEST: Take I-90E/MASS PIKE/ to BOSTON. Take EXIT 24A-B-C on the LEFT toward I-93 NORTH/CONCORD NH/S. STATION/I-93 SOUTH/QUINCY. Take EXIT 24C-B on the LEFT. Merge onto I-93 N via EXIT 24B toward CONCORD NH. Take EXIT 23 toward GOV'T CTR. Bear right at the top of ramp toward NORTH END/CHARLESTOWN. Turn LEFT onto CROSS ST. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto ENDICOTT ST.


Public Transportation

Commuter Rail to North Station: walk down Causeway Street and turn right onto Endicott Street.

T via Green or Orange Lines to North Station: walk down Causeway Street and turn right onto Endicott Street.

T via Green or Blue Lines to Government Center: walk trough Boston City Hall Plaza and the Rose Kennedy Greenway toward the North End. Bear left on Cross Street take right on Endicott Street.

Parking

There is minimal on-street public parking in the North End however we suggest several of these parking facilities in the area:

The North End Garage located at 600 Commercial Street is steps away from the Feast.

The Parcel 7 Parking Garage located adjacent to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and is a very short walk from the Feast (Entrance on Sudbury Street - Validation available on weekends)
There are several parking facilities located along the Waterfront of the North End (Commercial Street) as well as North Station and Government Center areas.

Local Hotels

As one of the great travel destinations in the United States, Boston is home to many world class hotels. We may suggest the following local hotels:

Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel – 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA
La Capella Suites – 290 North Street, Boston, MA
Millennium Bostonian Hotel – 26 North Street, Boston, MA
Boston Marriott Long Wharf – 296 State Street, Boston, MA
Residence Inn at Tudor Wharf – 34-44 Charles River Avenue, Boston, MA
Holiday Inn Beacon Hill – 5 Blossom Street, Boston, MA
Holiday Inn Somerville – 30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA
(Many out of town Vendors stay at the Holiday Inn Somerville – they accommodate trailers and trucks, etc.)

For additional options visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://www.bostonusa.com.



Visiting the North End and Boston

Local Restaurants

While savoring the sights and sound of the festival, take the time to tour our wonderful neighborhood. You will find it a neighborhood rich in history and culture. Visit some of our many authentic Italian caffes, trattorias, ristorantes, salumerias and specialty shops.

There are several restaurants located within the Feast including the world famous Pizzeria Regina, Massimino’s Cucina Italiana, Filippo Ristorante and Ducali. Please visit our Sponsor Page or Program Book Page for other suggestions or www.northendboston.com.

Area Attractions

Boston is one of our Nations’ most historic and iconic cities, full of history, culture and tradition. It is also known as America’s Walking City – so take a walk on the Freedom Trail and visit some of our Nation’s oldest and most important Revolutionary era sites: the Old North Church, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, and the USS Constitution & Museum. Also in walking distance is Quincy Market and the New England Aquarium and if you take a quick T ride you can enjoy the Children’s Museum, Harvard Square, the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts. For additional options visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau at http://www.bostonusa.com.

Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities

St. Anthony’s Feast has exciting and effective advertising and sponsorship opportunities available. For more information please visit our Sponsor Page or Program Book page.
2013 Boston A-List "Best Festival" Winner
2013 Boston A-List "Best Festival" Winner


Map of the Feast


Bishop Gioa with the Blessed Relic


The North End Book Cover


Harry Fig's Neighborhood
by Peter Wallace


St. Anthony's Feast Folklife Magazine


St. Anthony's Feast Folklife Capitol


St. Anthony's Feast Folklife Mall


Food Festivals Feature
by Barbara Carlson
Any visual, audio reproduction, or written material of the festival other than the News Media is strictly forbidden without the written permission of the St. Anthony Di Padua Da Montefalcione Society, Inc. Also, no articles bearing the image or wording of St. Anthony can be sold at the Festival. Saint Anthony's Feast is a registered service mark. Usage of the wording or image of Saint Anthony is not permitted without approval of the San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc.