Date: Saturday, September 13 to Tuesday, September 23, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays)
Location: Mulberry St. (from Canal St. to Houston St.)
Perfect For: Mopping up a hangover with zeppoles

What began as a religious tradition to honor the Patron Saint of Naples has become a wild convergence of street vendors peddling Italian fare, namely bracciole, cannolis, and the occasional fried Oreo for good measure. We're not mad at the transformation, but the colossal crowds can be irritating. Go during the week or in the early afternoon to avoid the mayhem.