Arts & Culture

Aside from taking a trip to Italy, Festa Italiana is the next best thing. Visit the Italian marketplace, learn about a new region in Italy, and view vintage photos of Italian families and early Milwaukee. See the sites, connect with your Italian roots and be Italian for the day as you explore Festa Italiana’s many cultural exhibits!


Cucina Showcase

Don’t miss a fantastic line-up of local chef demonstrations, foodie competitions for the whole famiglia, and a great mix of local and gourmet vendors for you to shop and sample.

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Explore the Region of Basilicata

Located in the “instep” of Italy, nestled between Campagna and Puglia in the very south of Italy, this was once considered a poor region and not a travel destination. Today, this quiet escape filled with history and beauty is finally being discovered and appreciated for its preserved ancient settlements; its beautiful beaches, mountainous landscapes; and its national parks. Basilicata is also a mountainous region covered by forests and woods – a hiker’s delight. Pollino National Park is the largest park in Italy, straddling both Calabria and Basilicata. So pack your bags, no passport necessary. Come to Festa and explore Basilicata!


Genealogy Exhibit

Discover where you come from and who your people are. Celebrate and share your family heritage. Learn about your family history and start your family tree! Learn how to preserve your family history, interweave records with history, and discover your family story.


This year’s Regional Exhibit at Festa Italiana will feature a presentation on genealogy in the region of Liguria and throughout Italy and is presented by Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22, the Italian Community Center’s Italian Family History Club. We will be joined by members of the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society (M.C.G.S.), as well. Materials and information will be available about research sources, classes and other resources for your research. By using resources available during Festa, online and in private databases, we’ll help people learn how to find more information about their famiglia!

TROVA I TUOI ANTENATI (Find Your Ancestors) noon to 7 p.m. daily.

In order to help, we’ll need you to bring information from the following two resources:

Fill these out as best as you can with the information you know and bring it to our display to learn more about your Italian heritage!


See who you know at the country’s largest vintage Italian photo display. Explore Milwaukee’s Italian heritage and its rich 150-year-old Italian story through this collection of priceless photographs.


From photos of a father or grandfather in a military uniform, to memories of the “good old days” in the Third Ward, as well as images of families, businesses, street scenes and weddings, these photos capture the Italian experience in Milwaukee for all generations to cherish.


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Pompeii Church Exhibit

A tribute to the Our Lady of Pompeii Catholic Church, which was built by Milwaukee’s immigrant Italians in the city’s Old Third Ward, the exhibit provides a stunning display of Italian religious beliefs and customs. Many of the artifacts on display were salvaged before the demise of the church, which occurred under an urban renewal project order.


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