Saddle up for Ferragosto 

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Chris Gomez  | Little Italy News 

Don your denim and diamonds garb and saddle up for Little Italy San Diego’s biggest party,  Ferragosto! The  biennial event takes two whole years to plan and is Little Italy’s own take on the traditional Italian holiday “Feriae Augusti.”

Each year the fundraising event takes on a new theme, and this year is no different, welcoming guests to enjoy a  “Wild Western” experience.

Attendees enjoying last year’s theme during Ferragosto. (Courtesy LIA)

Ferragosto  2017  will be  held  on  Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. to midnight, with a VIP reception starting at 5 p.m. Attendees  will feel like they are stepping back in time into the wild Wild West at Little Italy’s Amici Park.  

Guests can look forward to line dancing the night away with classic Western themed entertainment, a Western-style BBQ, casino games, a rodeo, live music and more! This year’s Ferragosto will also feature can-can dancers, a bluegrass band, saloon, bull riding and more. 

At the fifth annual  Ferragosto, attendees will be immersed into the full experience of the Wild West, as Amici Park will transform into  a  Western Village, surrounded by old Western hotels, convenience stores, a saloon with whiskey tastings  and the  Kumeyaay  Indian Tribe.  

Guests can play casino games like poker and roulette, enjoy Western music and entertainment or participate in the live auction and raffle — it’s sure to be a wild, wild party.  

(Courtesy LIA)

San Diego’s finest restaurants will be providing the grub and libations, including hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, drinks, cocktails and desserts.

Participating restaurants include Kansas City BBQ, Phil’s BBQ, Civico 1845,  Bencotto, Isola Pizza,  Pappalecco, Mona Lisa,  Caffe Italia and more.

Ferragosto’s  Wild Western party benefits Washington Elementary School Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Church and the Little Italy Association. 

Over the past five events,  Ferragosto has raised more than $600,000 for  the three nonprofits in the Little Italy neighborhood.   

The last few events have transformed Little Italy’s Amici Park into Pompeii, Venice, the Roman Coliseum, and even a scene from the Roaring ’20s.

For more information on this year’s  Ferragosto 2017 |Wild Western event, visit Tickets are sold online, and start at $125 for general tickets and $1,250 for a general table — upgraded VIP prices are also available.  

To stay connected with the neighborhood during community events, check out what’s going on in the neighborhood by following us on Instagram and Twitter: @LittleItalySD  and Facebook: LittleItalySD. 

—Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at 

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