It's a sign of the 'unofficial' start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend.  Break out the white pants and the flip flops, and get ready for all things Hudson Valley summer!

One of those 'things' that just makes it feel like summertime has been happening here in the Hudson Valley for 33 years, with 2023 marking the 34th year. It can be classified as a staple for many in the area as part of their Memorial Day weekend festivities.

I'll tell you that even when I lived about two hours away in Massachusetts, I would come out to visit family for MDW weekend just to hit this local event.

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Get ready for the Joe DiMaggio Lodge 2248 Son's of Italy Italian Festival, better knows as 'the festa.'

'Festa' Returns to East Fishkill Recreation Grounds Memorial Day Weekend

The annual Italian Festival will return to the East Fishkill Rec, 392 Rt-376, Hopewell Junction NY 12533 for Memorial Day weekend, and the 34th annual fest.

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Running Thursday May 25th through Sunday May 28th, the event features food and entertainment for the entire family all weekend long, and a fireworks display on Sunday night.

The festa will be open Thursday and Friday 6pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 4pm to 10pm.  There will be live music Friday through Sunday, faceprinting, sand art, rides, plenty of local food vendors, and what most people visit for, the Joe Dimaggio Lodge's infamous sausage and peppers!

Admission, parking and music entertainment are always free of charge, and they will one again offer 'pay one price rides' on site.

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