Bayonne To Hold First Annual Feast of St. Vito Italian Festival On Saturday, June 22

A new Italian festival is coming to Bayonne next weekend.  The newly established Bayonne Heritage Association announced that the first annual St. Vito Festival will take place on Saturday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., on 5th Street, between Broadway and Avenue C. 

The feast honors St. Vito, also known as Vitus, a Sicilian martyr who lived from 290 to 303.  Cindi Sisk-Galvin, Vice President of the Bayonne Heritage Association said in statement, “We are looking forward to bringing back the tradition of Italian festivals to Bayonne on June 22.  The Bayonne Heritage Association invites the community to come and enjoy Italian food and entertainment on the first Saturday of summer.  In the coming months, we plan to announce other special heritage events for Bayonne.  In the meantime, see you on 5th Street on June 22!”

The festival will have entertainment for the entire family.  There will be several musical acts, Italian food vendors, a beer garden, bounce houses, and much more.  

A DJ will provide entertainment beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The event will begin with a procession and prayer over the image of St. Vito at 11:45 a.m.  There will be welcoming remarks at 12:00 noon. 

Following the opening ceremony, BreakTime will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  BreakTime is a local band that specializes in classic rock.   

From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Stiletto and the Saxman (Doreen and Joey Arminio) will perform.  This married couple offers pop and rock tunes with both vocals and saxophone.  

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Giovanni Penna will sing.  He offers a wide range of Italian songs. 

From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Blaise Biagio will perform.  Singing in Italian, he has played at the San Gennaro Festival in New York.

Vendors will be set up on 5th Street and in the Trinity Church parking lot.   Parking will be available nearby at Henry Harris Community School (Avenue C and 5th Street), Mary J. Donohoe Community School (Dodge and East 5th Streets), and St Andrew School (Broadway and 4th Street).

The event will take place rain or shine.  There is no rain date.  Signs will be posted on 5th Street to announce impacts on parking and traffic.  The organizers of the St. Vito Festival would like to thank the 5th St. neighbors, Trinity Parish in Bergen Point, Henry Harris Community School, Mary J. Donohoe Community School, and St. Andrew School for their cooperation and support.