Experience the Heart and Soul of Italy at Festa Italiana: Seattle's Premier Italian Festival
Indulge your senses in a celebration that encapsulates the essence of Italy's rich culture and heritage at the 36th Annual Festa Italiana! From September 23rd to 24th, the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings of the Seattle Center will be transformed into a vibrant Italian haven, where visitors can immerse themselves in the magic of Italy right in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
Honoring Traditions and Values
At Festa Italiana, we take immense pride in our roots and the values that have shaped us. Our celebration revolves around the fundamental principles of God, family, community, and a deep love for our homeland. Steeped in nostalgia for the old country, where our ancestors once called home, we come together to honor our shared cultural heritage. Italians have long been known for their emphasis on family, especially the joy of gathering around the dinner table to share exquisite food and precious moments. It's this love for family and food that forms the heart and soul of Festa Italiana.
A Fusion of Culture and Community
Prepare to be transported to Italy's charming streets, picturesque landscapes, and spirited gatherings as Festa Italiana brings the best of Italy to Seattle. Our all-volunteer community organization has been tirelessly working since 1988 to create an unforgettable experience for attendees. The week-long series of events culminates in a grand Italian Festival, which serves as a testament to the thriving Italian culture in the Pacific Northwest.
- Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
- When: Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 10 AM to 9 PM | Sunday, September 24, 2023, from 10 AM to 6 PM
Live Music: The Anthony "Nino" Lane Band, a sensational 6-piece ensemble from Salinas, CA, will take you on a journey through the decades with Italian favorites that will have you dancing the night away. Their diverse lineup ensures a musical experience like no other.
La Cucina Galbani® Cooking Stage: Be enchanted by live cooking demonstrations from both local and national culinary experts. Learn the secrets behind dishes from renowned Italian restaurants and chefs, and take home recipes that will transport your taste buds to Italy.
Festa Grape Stomp: Immerse yourself in tradition as you join a three-person team to stomp grapes, just like the Italians did in the old country. Prizes await the winners, and each competitor will receive a complimentary T-shirt. Just remember, the front row is for the brave!
Festa Bocce Tournament: Watch or participate in this captivating Italian version of lawn bowling. With both Masters and Recreational divisions, the bocce tournament promises exciting competition and a glimpse into an age-old Italian pastime.
Tino's Cortile: Let your little ones delight in traditional children's activities and marvel at the "All Breeds" Italian Dog Show. The fun knows no bounds, and it's all offered for free.
Exhibits: Admire the beauty of Italian cars and vehicles, explore the "35 Years of Festa Posters" Art Show, and step back in time with the Historic Photo Exhibit showcasing Seattle's earliest Italian residents. Plus, browse through booths featuring Italian organizations, arts and crafts, imported housewares, and an array of merchandise and souvenirs.
Food & Wine: Savor an array of Italian delights, from pizza and pasta to Italian sausages and gelato. Quench your thirst with a selection of beverages, including birra, vino, prosecco, limoncello, and Italian sodas. Don't miss the chance to enjoy three Wine & Beer Gardens as you soak in the festivities.
Join the Celebration
As the sun sets over Seattle Center, Festa Italiana invites you to embrace the warmth, vibrancy, and passion of Italian culture. This event is not just a festival; it's a journey into the heart of Italy, where every bite, every note of music, and every shared laugh will transport you to the enchanting streets of Italy.
Bring your family, invite your friends, and join us in celebrating Italy's beauty, flavors, and traditions at the 36th Annual Festa Italiana. Together, let's create memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information and updates, visit Festa Italiana's official website and follow us on social media. Your presence is the final touch that will make this celebration truly unforgettable!