With festival season going strong and big crowds enjoying every minute of it, Festa Italiana returns on July 21st through the July 23rd to show you what fun cultural celebrations are all about. As the first ever ethnic festival in Milwaukee and one of the largest Italian celebrations of its kind in the nation, we love being a part of such a rich history that brings so many people together.
From humble beginnings in 1978 to a full-fledged, multi-day cultural extravaganza, there’s a lot to experience at Festa and it’s that vibrant history that keeps Festa going strong from year to year.
Bocce ball, anyone? Everybody’s Italian, or “tutti Italiani” as they say in Italy, when people from all over come together to enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment. From a cannoli eating contest to singing in Italian Idol, playing futsal or riding in a gondola; everyone will feel like fagmilia. There’s plenty for the kids to enjoy, as well, with the ever-popular carnival, Pinnochio Parade and more!
This year’s entertainment lineup includes a performance by “America’s Got Talent” finalist Sal “The Voice” Valentenetti, a Dick Contino tribute and demonstrations by the Florentine Flag Throwers. Get the full lineup here.
With all of this going on at this year’s festival, it’s not hard to see why we’re proud to be a part of such a festive event. You can find us sharing the #SazsLove at our concession stands around the park. We’ll be serving up all of your festival favorites, like our mozzarella marinara and sour cream and chive fries, as well as some new menu items that are absolutely amore.
What makes Festa Italiana unique – apart from the entertainment, food and music – are the traditions and cultural festivities that are still celebrated each year and pay homage to the rich Italian heritage and history in Milwaukee. Catch an opera, learn a new recipe, imbibe with a wine tasting or even attend a traditional Sunday mass.
Whatever your tastes or interests, this year’s batch of activities will have something for everyone to enjoy. And be sure to catch the big parade as it makes its way through the park Saturday and Sunday at 5pm and celebrates the culture, music and spirit of Italy. We’ll see you at Festa!