Festa Italiana Seattle

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It is with a great deal of pride that we at Festa Italiana, now in our 28th year, point out that what we celebrate boils down to certain fundamentals: God, family, community and a love of our country mixed with nostalgia for "the old country" that was home to our ancestors. We also have the good fortune to share a cultural heritage that emphasizes "family" gathered at home sharing good food together.

With that in mind, once again, we'd like to thank our volunteers. Festa Italiana is a completely volunteer - driven, 501(c) (not-for-profit) organization and a festival of this magnitude can only be produced by community support and financial generosity. Whether your contribution is donating your time or some badly needed cash, it is a vital building block of Festa Italiana Seattle, so THANK YOU for your donations and your enthusiasm!

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Next Volunteers Meeting coming up:
August 18th, 2015 at 7 PM.
(Board members meet at 6 PM). See you there!

"Old Guard"

Dino and Lou hold down the wine bar

Volunteer Christy Luce and "Molto Mario" Batali


Gary Galeotti smiles at the crowd!Want to explore your Italian ancestry? Love to play Bocce? Do you wish to be up close and personal with famous chefs? Festa Italiana has just the opportunity for you!

Each year, during the last week of September, our wonderful Festa is celebrated and enjoyed by thousands of people like yourself.

Not surprisingly, hundreds of volunteers work for months to bring this celebration together. Planning this event begins in early in the Spring with dedicated volunteers and event chairs. Our general planning meetings are open to all interested and are entertaining by themselves. Come meet great people with a passion for "All Things Italian"...share a glass of wine and ideas.

Plenty of volunteers are needed in many areas: Have a spare hour? Come cook Italian sausages, help clean tables, work in the souvenir booth or welcome guests to Foto Italiana. Have lots of spare hours? We can find an activity for you to chair!

Every year, we hold general volunteer meetings in August and September. Everyone is invited.
These meetings are held in the school hall at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church, 2800 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144.
Need more information? Please email us at info@FestaSeattle.com or call or office at (206) 282-0627


Director Dennis Caldirola

Festa Italiana
Is Looking For Volunteers!

Please join us if you are interested in any of the following activities:
Children's Activities, Chefs Stage, Wine Tasting, Italian Dog Show, Classic Car Show, Grape Stomp, Bocce Tournament, Raffle Sales, Souvenirs, Sausage Booth and more!

No Experience Necessary

Next Volunteer Meetings are 7 p.m, Tuesday, August 18th and Tuesday, September 15th at Mt. Virgin School Hall.

Volunteers are a vital part of Festa Italiana. Without your help, there would be no festival. Please click the link below to download a Volunteer Application Form and let us know how you would like to help. All volunteers will receive an invite to the Volunteer appreciation dinner in November and the thanks of the community. Festa Italiana is primarily located on the grounds of Seattle Center. You can also email us at Volunteers@FestaSeattle.com and when you do, make sure you give us your address so we can add you to our mailing list.

Volunteer Application



Bolla Bear!

Dennis (headphones) and Chef Giuliano Bugiali

Nick and Ginny

2015 Officers:
Executive Director: Dennis Caldirola
President: Joanne Spino Marchese
Vice President: Michele Guerrini
Secretary: Martin Nigrelle
Treasurer: Mike Carrosino

2015 Trustees:
Gary Galeotti
Cathy Mettler
Joel Patience
Nello Prissinotti

  • 2015 Emeritus Board:
  • Remo Borracchini
  • Richard Bruno
  • Dorene Centioli-McTigue
  • Nick Grossi
In Memoriam, Tino Lazzaretti
March 23, 1928 - June 30, 2010
In Memoriam, Carolyn Jackson
August 11, 1926 - April 20, 2012

For More Information:
P.O. Box 9549
Seattle, WA 98109-0549
(206) 282-0627

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