The Feast of the Assumption in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood lasts for four days and features street vendors with flavors from the local restaurants, carnival rides, a raffle, live music, entertainment and finishes on the last night with fireworks. Local stores and restaurants will be open for festival goers to check out their wares during the festival as well, so grab reservations if you’re not indulging in the delicious cart food at this event.
Parking is available on side streets around Little Italy for free or some lots will be open to park in for a fee. Public transportation would be the RTA red line to the University Circle Stop.
Holy Rosary Church
Solemn Mass & Procession
Wed, Aug. 15 – 10 a.m.
The Assumption on August 15 is a Catholic Holy Day that commemorates Mary being taken into heaven. It starts with a mass at the church at 10 a.m. followed by a procession throughout the neighborhood with a statue of Blessed Virgin Mary at 11:15 a.m. This procession will finish back at The Holy Rosary Church.
Cavatelli Dinner in the Church Hall
Wed, Aug. 15 – noon to 3:30 p.m.
This annual event is a tradition in the church hall. Adults and children are welcome to come and eat homemade cavatelli, meatballs and salad for under $10. This meal is held indoors and with plenty of seating at tables for diners. No reservations are needed, and all of the proceeds benefit Holy Rosary Church.
Church Yard Stands Open
Wed, Aug. 15 and Thurs, Aug. 16 – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fri, Aug. 17 – 6 p.m. to midnight
Sat, Aug. 18 – noon to midnight
Stands are located in the church yard that feature Italian food and free live music. A rosary will be prayed daily at the shrine at 6 p.m. where booths will offer religious materials throughout the festival.
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Matinee Rides in Church Yard
Thurs, Aug. 16 and Sat, Aug. 18 – noon to 6 p.m.
Rides for the little ones will be set up in the churchyard on Thursday and Saturday. There will be a small charge to ride each ride, and proceeds will benefit Holy Rosary Church.
Fireworks and Raffle
Sat, Aug. 18 – 9:30 p.m.
On the final day of festivities, a candlelight procession is held to honor Mary. The procession will go through the neighborhood to the fireworks. Once the fireworks are finished, the raffle will be held. Raffle tickets canmaybe purchased throughout the festival at the church yard.
Street Food Vendors
Local, independent restaurants will line the streets of Little Italy with booths offering ample dining options. Choices span from pizza and pasta to funnel cakes and gelato. Many of the vendors are from the local restaurants, although vendors from other parts of Cleveland also set up booths.
2450 Derbyshire Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
Price: from $89
The Alcazar Hotel is a unique bed and breakfast-style hotel in Cleveland Heights that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The decor is in a Spanish/Moorish style and offers large rooms and a beautiful courtyard garden. It is located within walking distance of Little Italy, as well as restaurants and nightlife in the historic Cleveland Heights Cedar Fairmount neighborhood.
Glidden House Inn
1901 Ford Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Price: roughly $200
This hotel is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. It offers a choice of either a vintage or modern guest room as well as fine dining on site and a European style breakfast buffet. It is a short drive to Little Italy, but is walking distance to ample area restaurants and nightlife.