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2016 Italian Festival!

Welcome to Seattle's 29th Annual Festa Italiana! Festa Italiana is an all-volunteer community organization which produces an annual series of events the last week of September, culminating in a major Italian Festival at Seattle Center. Since 1988, Festa Italiana has been celebrating the cultural roots of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Pacific Northwest by promoting the arts, the food and the culture that are uniquely Italian.Grape Stompers

Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings at Seattle Center as once again we present the 29th Annual Italian Festival, September 24 & 25, 2016.
Times are 10AM - 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday night at 7PM we also present a special concert in the Fisher Pavilion. Watch this space for further details.

Our highlights include a Celebrity Chef headlining a great schedule of cooking demos, Sicilian puppetry by the Carter Family Marionettes and a Grape Stomping competition which has to be seen to be believed! By popular demand, the Food Court & Vendor Market has been expanded as well.

As always, we will again offer a wide array of cultural and educational opportunities in which to participate and learn. Year after year, however, our main attractions continue to be food, entertainment and fun for the whole family!

Calendar 2016

Saturday, September 10
Traditional Mass in Italian
6:30 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle, 98144
Free Reception to follow.

New Date: Wednesday, September 14
The Italian Club of Seattle presents
The 29th Annual Festa Luncheon
11:00 AM at the prestigious Sorrento Hotel. Featuring a keynote address by Richard Benedetto, former USA Today White House correspondent who will speak on the topic "The 2016 Race for the White House: An Italian-American Reporter's View." There will also be the presentation of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award to an outstanding local proponent of Italian culture, and the presentation of the Patricia DeLaurenti Memorial award to one of our volunteers. Free valet parking. Delicious food. No-host bar. Tickets $55 per person (plus a processing fee of $4.02 per ticket).

Eventbrite - Annual Festa Italiana Luncheon, Wednesday, Sept. 14th

Friday, September 23
Live in Concert
Giada Valenti from Venice with Love
8 PM in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Featuring internationally-known Italian vocalist Giada Valenti as seen locally on KCTS Channel Nine. Tickets are $35 per person for General Admission and $100 per person for special VIP seats. (Service charges apply). Doors at 7 PM with no-host beverages available.

Eventbrite - Giada Valenti from Venice with Love

Saturday-Sunday, September 24 & 25
The 29th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center
Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!

Italian Singer Giada Valenti Opens Festa with Friday Night Concert

At 8:00 PM, Friday Night, September 23, 2016, Festa Italiana will present “Giada Valenti… From Venice with Love” as the Grand Opening of the 29th Annual Italian Festival at Seattle Center.

Giada Valenti singing Giada Valenti Venice logo

Tony La Stella
With special guest artist Tony La Stella.

(photo by Paula Alexander)
Co-Produced by La Stella Foundation
Media Partner West Coast Italian Radio

This special concert will be presented in the Fisher Pavilion at 8:00 PM with doors opening at 7:00 PM. It stars world-renowned Italian singer Giada Valenti from Venice, Italy in a Seattle performance of her USA tour “From Venice with Love,” which has been seen nationwide on PBS television stations since December.

In the concert, Giada performs her own interpretations of American and Italian hit songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, as well as recent contemporary material. Critics have said “Giada’s voice and spirit touches the heart of her audiences, she is a rare talent who can deliver songs in multiple genres.”

Giada Valenti’s “From Venice With Love” is a romantic musical journey that will make you fall in love with love all over again.

DO THE STOMP!

SIGN UP FOR THE TUTTA BELLA GRAPE STOMP Jump in with both feet and make wine as they used to in the old country. Put together a three-person team and compete for T-shirts and great prizes. What a Show! More Grape Stomp information.
THE DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON INVITES YOU TO A FREE SCREENING OF THE FILM

MARATONA INFERNALE

"Infernal Marathon" by Lamberto Lambertini at Festa Italiana - September 24th & 25th
SEATTLE CENTER ARMORY - LOFT 2
The epic 7-hour film will be screened non-stop from 10 AM to 5 PM, both days.


Mbrascatu is Back!

mbrascatuMbrascatu, the nationally-known indie band from Portland, OR will be playing one show only at Festa this year, Saturday at 7 PM. With all their songs sung in Calabrese dialect, this is "Tarantella Rock" at its finest!

Bocce Tournament

Now back in the Seattle Center Pavilion, this Italian version of lawn bowling is always one of our most popular events. Featuring a Masters division for professionals and a Recreational division for occasional players, it's fascinating to watch. Tournament rules and Bocce information.


Tino's Cortile

OSA FCTino's Cortile is back outdoors! The famous Pizza Toss, Sicilian puppet show, Italian Dog Show, hands-on activities, and OSA FC with an inflatable soccer court, conducting soccer clinics for children of all ages - all free! Now located in the courtyard of the Seattle Center Pavilion.

Puppy Parades

puppies

Sicilian Sight Hounds, known in Italian as Cirneci dell'Etna, will be exhibited along with Italian Greyhounds and other Italian breeds as part of the expanded children's activities at the Italian Festival with "Puppy Parades" each day at 12:15 and 2:15 PM. See the complete schedule.

More Attractions

Le Arti della Festa Italiana International Art Show, an Italian Car Show and the Historical Photo Exhibit about Seattle's earliest Italians.

Food

Pizza, Pasta, Italian Sausage, Salami, Meatballs, Foccacia, Gelato, Birra, Vino, Espresso and more. Plus: Great family entertainment, crafts, food-sampling booths and three Wine & Beer Gardens!

Win a  One-Week Stay in Italy

raffle

Win a one-week stay in Italy for two in a villa in Tuscany from Italy4Real.com. Raffle Tickets $5 a piece. Only 1,000 chances will be sold. Drawing at 6:00pm Sunday in the Fisher Pavilion.

 

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