SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Music filled the air as the 41st annual St. Bart's Italian Festival on Saturday night. The celebration started with Mass in Italian at 5:00 p.m., followed by a procession honoring San Nicola di Bari and St. Bartholomew led by Metropolitan Festival Band. At 7:00 p.m., Dave DeLuca performed his popular Sinatra Tribute at the Stage House Stage.

Local favorites The Broadcasters will play Sunday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. The four-day festival concludes on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 (1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) with The VooDudes at 5:15 p.m. and a Super 50/50 drawing at 8:00 p.m. 

The St. Bart's Festival offers rides, games, and great food including pizza, pasta, clams, mussels, calzones, and zeppoles. Hosted by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO, St. Bartholomew's Church and St. Bartholomew's Academy, the festival has been an annual tradition honoring San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy, since 1974.