Little Italy Days returns to Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood for 20th year

PITTSBURGH — The streets of Bloomfield will be bustling come next week, as “Little Italy Days” returns for its 20th year.

“We have three packed stages of entertainment throughout the whole weekend, we have food galore, bocci, a kid zone,” said event producer Sal Richetti.

The annual event will start next Thursday, Aug. 18, and last through Sunday, Aug. 21. Vendors will be set up on Liberty Avenue from Ella Street to Gross Street.

For more information on parking, scheduling, VIP tickets and sponsors, visit http://littleitalydays.com/

Richetti said the event is still free to attend, despite inflation increasing his costs.

“There has been an increase all across the board, my entertainers cost more money, my tents cost more money,” he said.

Richetti isn’t passing that cost on to his vendors, either. He said they don’t have to pay more to participate this year. In fact, he hopes the event will help those small businesses recover losses that have resulted from COVID-19 and supply chain issues.

“Donatelli’s up the street just closed down, that was a real sad thing for people,” said one hopeful festival attendee. “It’d be a great time to support the local businesses that are still open.”

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