Saturday, April 30, 2016, will be our 5th annual Feast of Saint Mark Italian Festival (FOSM) in Birmingham, Alabama. For years, many people in the community have hoped for such a “festa” or feast celebrating Italian culture in traditional Italian style. After the success of the inaugural event in 2012, anticipation and excitement for each year’s festival has continued to grow. Every year since, FOSM has been a sold out event to an overwhelming 3,000 Italian loving visitors!
Again in 2016, we will have an event that you will not want to miss and that your family and friends will continue to look forward to year after year. FOSM2016 will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
The festival will begin with a 3:00 p.m. Mass (normally held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays) in the church followed by an evening of great food, entertainment, youth activities, and more.
Some of you may remember traditional Italian feasts from your youth, other cities where you lived, or stories of grandparents and relatives. There are close to 400 of these festivals across the United States with the oldest celebrating its 141st year. Many Birmingham residents have Italian roots and remember when the culture was vibrant and active. This feast brings these rich cultural experiences back to the present day.
April is a perfect time of year with average temperatures between 75-80 degrees. The feast is held on the beautiful church and grounds of Saint Mark The Evangelist Catholic Church on Hwy. 119, just east of Hwy. 280. This is the Brook Highland neighborhood adjacent to Greystone.
FOSM2016 Main Stage Performances
Italian Opera Performance by 2008 Miss Alabama, Amanda Tapley: 4:30-5:00
Razz Ma Tazz full band: 5:00-6:00
Dance South Italian Dancers: 6:00-6:30
Tribute to Frankie Valli: 6:30-7:30
Fabian Sanchez and Ann Scalici Rich Dancers: 7:30-8:00
Total A$$et$: 8:00-10:00
THE JERSEY BOY, A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI
Ages 5 and Under, Free
2016/04/30 - 2016/04/30
Additional time info:
Mass begins at 3:00 PM; Feast begins at 3:30 PM; Synchronized Fireworks at 8:00 PM. Fun continues until 10:00 PM