This year we have to celebrate a little differently!

The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade and Festival is Moving to Social Distanced and Virtual Events for 2020

Italian Heritage Parade and Festival Events Schedule

Saturday & Sunday, October 10th and 11th – Italian Heritage Weekend in North Beach – the Italian-American community welcomes everyone to support our local business and enjoy our open spaces in North Beach. Many restaurants are open for outdoor seating, and there are also many to-go options perfect for park and piazza dining. Please view participating restaurants at

Italian Heritage Lights – to mark Italian Heritage Day and Italian Heritage Month, the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club and Sts. Peter and Paul Church will be lit up in the red, white and green tricolore.

Sunday, October 11th, Virtual Italian Heritage Celebration – those that are unable to join the community in North Beach can watch a virtual show online. The show will be presented in a thirty minute video featuring dignitaries, music, performances, and representatives of Italian and Italian-American organizations and businesses. Tune in and watch at 11am on Sunday or anytime after on-demand on the Italian Heritage Facebook and Youtube pages. Saluto alla Parata!

Other events on Sunday, October 11th include:

Virtual High Mass at Sts. Peter & Paul Church – Join the community at 10am for a virtual mass, which will be livestreamed on the church website.

In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute, Museo Italo Americano and CIAO Bay Area, there will be a month-long celebration, including the following events:

Italian Cultural Institute Free Italian Movie Sundays – every Sunday in October, the Italian Cultural Institute will host the film series CINEDAY, featuring ten Italian contemporary films in Italian with English subtitles available to the first 300 to register. View the full schedule at the Italian Cultural Institute website.

Week of the Italian Language – The theme for the Week of the Italian Language in the World (October 19-25, 2020), is “Italian Between Word and Image: Graffiti, Illustrations, Comic Books,” a theme that can be developed both in a socio-linguistic key and by emphasizing expressive forms such as comics books, graphic novels and children’s books. View the full events schedule at the Italian Cultural Institute website.

Museo Italo Americano Italian Heritage Month events – The Museo Italo Americano in collaboration with the Leonardo Da Vinci Society of San Francisco, are presenting a new online illustrated lecture series, “Four Historical Italians Who Went to China and Left a Mark.” RSVP on the museo website and also view two online museum exhibits, “In Cerca di Una Nuova Vita, Italian Immigration from Italy to California,” and “Beniamino Bufano – So Be It In Peace, A Retrospective from Our Permanent Collection.”