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.
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.
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 ferragostosd.org. Tickets are sold online, and start at $125 for general tickets and $1,250 for a general table — upgraded VIP prices are also available.
—Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.