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Enjoy Festa Italiana on the Water with Water!

July 21, 2016 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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We know it’s going to be HOT this weekend! In order to keep everyone safe, cool and well hydrated, the Festa Italiana team will be implementing free water stations throughout the grounds! Due to security reasons, water bottles cannot be brought onto the grounds.


Here’s an overview of the best places to get out of the sun and stay hydrated while enjoying Italian festivities this weekend:


  • We will be providing water stations throughout the grounds where people can get FREE water
  • Bell Ambulance is sponsoring misting stations throughout the grounds
  • There is plenty of shade along the lakefront and throughout the grounds for attendees to enjoy
  • The splash pad next to Festa’s iconic Trevi Fountain will be available for kids and adults to cool down
  • There are numerous covered stages and tents on the grounds for people to take cover from the sun


Please contact Festa Italiana on Facebook or call the Festa office at 414-273-2670 with questions.



Festa MKE Mobile App Now Available For 2015 Event

June 16, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

FestaMKE-2015-iPhone6-Gold-02-HomeMark your calendars. Festa Italiana 2015 kicks-off Friday, July 17, at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. At Festa, everyone’s Italian! Enjoy exciting entertainment, a variety of Italian fare and regional wines, Flag-Throwers from the Florentine, a Free carnival, Italian cultural exhibits and fun attractions for the whole famiglia!


As the official app for Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana, Festa MKE offers attendees everything they love about Festa, right at their fingertips. The app includes festival information, a full schedule of events, food offerings, attractions and more!


Live Italian. Eat Italian. Play Italian. Be Italian.






Features include:03-Events

  • Full entertainment schedule for music, food demonstrations and cultural dance performances
  • Personalized scheduling – Save performances to your smartphone’s native calendar
  • Interactive map showing where stages, attractions and specific vendors are located within the festival grounds
  • Comprehensive vendor directory helps you find your favorite food vendors and explore their menus
  • General information on tickets, parking and transportation, admission promotions, festival attractions and frequently asked questions
  • Social media integration – Post to Facebook and Twitter or check-in to any location at Festa
  • @FestaMKE’s Twitter feed offers the latest news and updates on all things Festa Italiana using #FestaMKE


Download the FREE FestaMKE mobile app today! Available for iPhone, iPad and ANDROID.


Celebrity Chef Rossella Rago Looking for Milwaukee Nonna

May 26, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

NonnaFesta Italiana is excited to welcome back Celebrity Chef Rossella Rago, sponsored by Red Gold, to its Cucina Showcase at Festa Italiana 2015!

As the star of famiglia cooking extravaganza “Cooking with Nonna,” Rossella is used to cooking with another member of the Italiana famiglia that loves the cucina as much as she does, and she would love to cook with a Nonna when she comes to Milwaukee!

If you are a Nonna or know a Nonna that lives in the Milwaukee area that would like to join Rossella in a cooking demonstration for the Festa Italiana famiglia, please contact Rossella at


United Ethnic Festivals and Hunger Task Force to kick off “The Fests Feed Milwaukee” Thursday, May 28 in front of Summerfest Gates at 10:00 A.M.

May 21, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink


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To kick off the summer festival season, the United Ethnic Festivals, comprised of the ethnic festivals held on the Summerfest grounds, will have a presentation to announce “The Fests Feed Milwaukee”, a campaign in conjunction with the Hunger Task Force, on Thursday, May 28 at 10 a.m. in front of the Summerfest Gates.


Each summer, many of the ethnic festivals (and Summerfest) dedicate free admission periods to collecting non-perishable food items to help stock the pantries of the Hunger Task Force network.  Last year, the participating festivals collected over 148,000 pounds of food.


For 2015 all of the ethnic festivals have committed to collecting donations under “The Fests Feed Milwaukee” initiative, with a goal of 160,000 pounds of food collected by the end of summer (Indian Summer festival in September.)


The Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, has issued a Proclamation for the event. Oscar Tovar from the mayor’s office will be presenting on his behalf.


We are asking that attendees bring three (3) non-perishable food items to the event to help us start our collection goal.


Presentations will be given by:

  • Oscar Tovar, Staff Assistant to the Mayor
  • John Warren, President of the UEF
  • Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director, Hunger Task Force
  • All United Ethnic Festival Presidents will be present (Pridefest, Polish Fest, Summerfest, Festa Italiana, German Fest,  Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, Indian Summer & Holiday Folk Fair)


In case of rain, the event will be held in the Summerfest Admin building at 200 N. Harbor Drive.


Interested media should contact Dan Peña of United Ethnic Festivals at (414) 807-9375 or

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