WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) - A family-friendly event, celebrating the area's Italian-American Heritage is returning to Watkins Glen this weekend.

The annual Watkins Glen Italian-American festival is happening Friday and Saturday, at Clute Park. The event features food, vendors, live music, rides, and fireworks.

Tanglewood Nature Center will host an education show with animals on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, a parade starts at noon, to celebrate and promote world peace. To finish the night, a fireworks show will take place Saturday evening at 9:30 PM.

Parking for the event at Clute Park will be $7.00 per vehicle when entering the park's parking area. Bobby K's ride's wristbands and tickets will be sold at the event.

There is no cover charge for the bands. Beer tickets will be sold at the event within the beer garden tent to those over 21 years of age. All other events within the festival are free and open to the public.