Each year the local Italian community celebrates the Festival of Saint Pantaleone and raises money for various charities and community organisations. This year, all money raised during the festival will be donated to Autism Queensland.

Brisbane’s local Italian community will celebrate the festival of the patron saint of doctors and obstetricians on Sunday 27 July.

The day will begin with mass in the Church of Saint Thomas More (111 Hale St, Petrie Terrace). Celebrations will then move to the Brisbane Abruzzo Club (150 Fursden Road, Carina) for a three course meal and entertainment by Livio Taraborrelli.

Festival organiser Antoni Pulcinella says that the Festival of Saint Pantaleone is an extremely day in his home town of Milglianico in Italy.

“The town always celebrates the festival on this exact date and is an unofficial public holiday if it falls during the weekdays,” he says.“This year is one of the rare years for us here in Australia where it falls on a Sunday, so we are excited to be celebrating the festival alongside our extended families in Italy.”

All funds raised this year will go towards the Autism Queensland and will be used to support their Education and Therapy programs.

For more information on the Festival, visit our event guide.