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.
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.
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!
Saturday, September 10 Traditional
Mass in Italian 6:30 PM at Our Lady of Mt.
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle,
98144 Free Reception to follow.
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).
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.
Saturday-Sunday, September 24
The 29th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center Everyone is invited - Admission is
Italian Singer Giada Valenti
Opens Festa with Friday Night Concert
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
special guest artist Tony La Stella.
(photo by Paula
Co-Produced by La Stella Foundation
Media Partner West Coast Italian Radio
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
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
“From Venice With Love” is a
romantic musical journey that will make
you fall in love with love all over again.
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
nationally-known indie band from Portland, OR will be
playing one show only at Festa this year, Sunday at 4
PM. With all their songs sung in Calabrese dialect,
this is "Tarantella Rock" at its finest!
in a beautiful new locationin the Seattle Center Armory,
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
Tino'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.
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.