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The St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival features carnival games, live entertainment, cultural exhibits, a homemade wine competition, a beer garden, and amazing Italian food. (Sept. 9, Downtown Glassboro, Rowan Boulevard, Glassboro, N.J. visitsouthjersey.com/event/st-anthonys-italian-heritage-festival-2)
The 48th annual Ocean City Classic Car and Street Rod Show is a boardwalk display and parade of creative and unique street cars including Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs, and Mopars. (Sept. 9, Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City, N.J., eventbrite.com/e/ocean-city-new-jersey-classic-car-and-street-rod-show-registration-634160650577)
Pack a picnic and head on over to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts for Rocky in Concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. (Sept. 14, The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., manncenter.org/events/2023-09-14/rocky-in-concert)
Experience the magic of Sicilian wines with Total Wine & More, and learn how the island’s volcanic soils and coastal breezes provide the perfect climate for producing some of Italy’s most exciting wines. (Sept. 15, Total Wine & More, 691 Naamans Road, Claymont, Del., totalwine.com/special-event/treat-your-tastebuds-to-a-tour-of-sicily/claymont/delaware/e/ec604044)
Celebrate 20 years of WineFestNJ at Valenzano Winery! Sample from a selection of over 100 wines from 11 of New Jersey’s favorite wineries! Enjoy music by GoodMan Fiske, Five Dollar Shakes, Mystery Machine Band, Cat 5 Official, and more. Enjoy additional entertainment by New York street magician Chris Anthony; shop over 50 local crafters and vendors; have a bite from local food trucks; indulge in Valenzano’s FIZZ canned, carbonated wines and Jersey Devil Blueberry Port; and donate to the Community Care Food Pantry Beer Garden featuring Brotherton Brewing Co. (Sept. 16-17, Valenzano Family Winery, 1318 Old Indian Mills Road, Shammong, N.J., valenzanowine.com/winefest-2023)
The Eighth Annual Padre Pio Festival presented by St. Bede the Venerable Church and Knights of Columbus Council 15478, returns in September.
The two-day event begins with Saturday’s All-American Picnic Buffet featuring games and amusements for children, food and craft vendors, and live music. The highlight will be a 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass, followed by blessings with holy relics of Padre Pio. The Sunday 12:30 p.m. Solemn Mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Archbishop of Philadelphia. The Mass is followed by a street procession with a statue of Padre Pio, then a healing service with confessions and veneration of holy relics. (Sept. 16-17, St. Bede the Venerable Church, 1071 Holland Road, Holland, Pa., padrepiofestivalhollandpa.com).
Rosalie Restaurant explores the Wines of Tuscany. Class attendees will taste red and white wines hailing from this central Italian region, including indigenous grapes like Sangiovese and transplants from Bordeaux, like Cabernet. (Sept. 19, Rosalie, 139 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, Pa., rosaliewayne.com).
Enjoy the sights and sounds of live music while savoring a selection of wines at the Longwood Gardens Wine & Jazz Festival. Sip along to exceptional jazz and, after the sun goes down, catch the jazz-inspired Illuminated Fountain Performance. Performers include Chucho Valdes Quartet, Emmet Cohen Trio, Anat Cohen Quartet, Terell Stafford Quintet, The Dale Melton Trio, and High and Mighty Brass Band. (Sept. 23, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa., longwoodgardens.org/events-performances/events/wine-jazz-festival).
Chris Ruggiero takes his audiences on a musical journey through the golden age of rock ’n’ roll. His PBS-TV appearances, feature on Good Morning America, and hit albums have brought an even bigger audience, selling out shows all over the country. In his new show, “Teenage Dreams and Magic Moments,” which comes to the Media Theatre, Chris tells his incredible story by breathing new life into the timeless music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s with a live six-piece band featuring new orchestrations by Four Seasons arranger and pop-rock legend Charlie Calello. (Sept. 23, The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media, Pa., mediatheatre.org/shows-tickets/chris-ruggiero-teenage-dreams-magic-moments)
The Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB), a Maryland-based charitable organization supporting organizations focused on education, family and child services, mental health and addiction, will host inaugural Maryland Italian Festival at the Harford County Equestrian Center in Bel Air, Maryland. The festival will include Italian food and retail vendors, carnival rides and midway games, national and regional entertainment and a piazza serving wine, beer, and liquor. In addition, SIAB’s annual Bocce Tournament will be folded into the festival allowing teams to compete for big cash prizes on Saturday and cheer on athletes from the Special Olympics as they compete in a multi-state regional tournament on Sunday. (Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road, Bel Air, Md., marylanditalianfestival.com)
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