Since 2002, Little Italy Days has been transporting Pittsburghers to the heart of Italy without having to leave the 412. Created to celebrate Bloomfield’s Italian heritage, the completely free four-day festival runs August 17th – 20th.

The festival features delicious food from prominent Pittsburgh Italian restaurants, performances from authentic Italian performers, a bocce tournament, and much more! Keep reading for the entertainment schedule (subject to change) and more information about the region’s largest heritage festival.

Full Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, August 17th (6:00pm – 9:00pm)

Mini of Pittsburgh Stage at Cedarville & Liberty

  • 5:30pm – Jerry Demara sings Italian songs, and other musical selections by Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Louis Prima.
  • 6:00pm – Celebrity Bocce Tournament features Pittsburgh politicians and popular local media and entertainment personalities.

Friday, August 18th (12:00pm – 9:00pm)

Mini of Pittsburgh Stage at Cedarville & Liberty

  • 5:30pm – Dr Zoot, Pittsburgh’s #1 Italian band, performs.

Saturday, August 19th (12:00pm – 9:00pm)

Mini of Pittsburgh Stage at Cedarville & Liberty

  • 12:00pm – John Vento’s Italian Invasion sings a variety of music.
  • 3:30pm – Mirella the Musician, authentic Italian accordionist, performs.
  • 7:00pm – Italian opera vocalists John Lupone & Layla Cenk perform.

Froggy’s Stage at Taylor & Liberty

  • 12:00pm – Lenny Collini, the Italian mayor, performs with his band.
  • 3:30pm – Pizza Acrobatics with two-time world champion Matt Hickey of Caliente Pizza and Draft House.
  • 4:00pm – Groove with the Nation’s #1 Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band, Let’s Groove Tonight.
  • 7:00pm – B.B. Steal 80’s Live performs with Bloomfield’s own Rick and Jeff Peluso.

First Commonwealth Stage at Gross & Liberty

  • 11:30am – Enjoy the Miss Little Italy Pageant.
  • 2:00pm – Billy Mancini performs tributes to Sinatra and Dean Martin.
  • 5:30pm – Listen to Magic Moments, Pittsburgh’s #1 oldies band.

Sunday, August 20th (12:00pm – 6:00pm)

Stage at Cedarville & Liberty

  • 12:00pm – Elias Khouri, talented young singer and guitarist, performs.
  • 1:00pm – Check out Blind Colors, an upcoming young rock band.

Froggy’s Stage at Taylor & Liberty

  • 1:00pm – Rock out with Frankly Speaking, a high-energy rock band.

First Commonwealth Stage at Gross & Liberty

  • 12:00pm – Enjoy East End Kids, Pittsburgh’s premiere teen song and dance ensemble.
  • 1:30pm – Mojo Hand, a high-energy band with killer grooves, performs.

In addition to the entertainment, the festival highlights all of the fantastic local businesses in Bloomfield, including but not limited to Caliente Pizza and Draft House, Angelo’s Pizzeria, Groceria Italiana, and Paddy Cake Bakery.

Festival-goers can also upgrade to a VIP experience that includes a Little Italy Days t-shirt, a slice of pizza from Caliente Pizza and Draft House, a bottle of water, exclusive access to specific restrooms, and seating near the main stage in a VIP tent.

For more information on parking, street closures, dog policies, and more, visit the festival’s website. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook to see who else is going!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Rebecca Hansborough

Rebecca is a Pittsburgh transplant of five years with experience in content writing, social media management, public relations, web editing, and much more. Her passion for food inspired her to create an Instagram based food blog that shares a combination of local cuisine and homemade meals. When she’s not focusing on food, she also enjoys the Pittsburgh arts and entertainment scene, from Broadway shows, music festivals, to gallery crawls. She is excited to share her love for all things Pittsburgh with future readers!

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