Festa Italiana Seattle

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It is with a great deal of pride that we at Festa Italiana, now in our 29th 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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Annual Volunteers Meeting coming up:
St. Patrick's Church (new location)
5:30 PM, Thursday, September 8, 2016
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 Le Arti della Festa Art show. Have lots of spare hours? We can find an activity for you to chair!

Every year, we hold an annual volunteer meeting in September. This is where we meet new volunteers, encourage volunteers to sign up for specific activities, talk about any changes for that year, and pass out volunteer T-Shirts. Anyone and everyone is invited.

These meetings are held in the school hall at St. Patrick's Church, 2702 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102 (at the intersection of I-5 and SR 520). Need more information? Please email us at info@FestaSeattle.com or call our office at (206) 282-0627


Director Dennis Caldirola

Annual Volunteer Meeting is 5:30 PM, Thursday, September 8th at St. Patrick's School Hall.

Volunteers are a vital part of Festa Italiana. Without your help, there would be no festival 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

2016 Officers:
Executive Director: Dennis Caldirola
President: Joanne Spino Marchese
Vice President: Michele Guerrini
Secretary: Martin Nigrelle
Treasurer: Mike Carrosino

2016 Trustees:
Gary Galeotti
Cathy Mettler
Joel Patience

  • 2016 Emeritus Board:
  • Remo Borracchini
  • Richard Bruno
  • Dorene Centioli-McTigue
  • Nick Grossi

In Memoriam:
Tino Lazzaretti
March 23, 1928 - June 30, 2010
Carolyn Jackson
August 11, 1926 - April 20, 2012
Catherine Orsi
March 9, 1958 - March 14, 2016

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

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