On Saturday, February 18, from 5-9pm, the Little Italy Association presents the 9th Annual Little Italy Carnevale at the intersection of West Date and India Streets. Transforming San Diego’s historic Little Italy into a scene from Venice, Carnevale will feature various vignettes of entertainment including live music and dancing, stilt-walkers, art, mask-making for kids, and more .
Carnevale, also known as Carnival or Mardi Gras, marks the final celebration prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent season. People of all ages are encouraged to participate in the festivities, including the spontaneous performances on street corners and Little Italy piazzas designed to evoke the playful vibe of the event. General parking is available, and valet parking will be available for $7 per car. Or, take advantage of the trolley that brings riders to the Little Italy Trolley stop, located a few blocks from the event. (619/233-3898, www.littleitalysd.com)