Festa Italiana Details – Your Ticket to Italy!

Festa Italiana 2020 will be cancelled.

Planning and preparations were in order to proceed with this year’s festival however due to the unforeseen circumstance of COVID-19, the Italian Community Center Board of Directors have deemed it the responsible course of action to take in canceling this years festival.

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Come one, come all – it’s the Italian Way! There’s something for everyone at Festa – whether that’s throwing your best in bocce, getting a kick out of this year’s Futsal championship match or indulging in the cannoli eating contest. We have it all.


July 19-21, 2019

Friday: 3:00 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 11:00 p.m.


Festa Italiana is held at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee, WI.

Don’t let the construction stop you! Click the thumbnail below for easy directions to get to Festa Italiana.

Ride MCTS to Festa!

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will be offering Shuttle and Freeway Flyer service every day during Festa Italiana. So, whether you’re coming from Brown Deer or Menomonee Valley, MCTS can help you get to Festa fast and easy!

Downtown Shuttle Service

MCTS will provide Shuttle service in downtown Milwaukee every 30 minutes all weekend during Festa. Shuttles will operate in both directions along Wisconsin Avenue during the following times:

  • Friday: 2:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. 

When traveling to Festa Italiana, the Shuttle stops between N. 6th Street and N. Jackson Street along Wisconsin Avenue, and then proceeds directly to the Mid Gate. Stops are made at all bus stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo.

Shuttles are $3.00 round trip for adults (or $2.50 using an M•CARD). Shuttle fare for children (ages 6-11), seniors (age 65 and older) and disabled persons with the proper ID is $1.50 round-trip (or $1.25 using an M Card).

M CARD with a 1-, 7- or 31-Day pass is free.

Freeway Flyer

Festa-goers can also catch a Freeway Flyer from the following park-ride lots:

  • Brown Deer East (Brown Deer Road, west of I-43)
  • College (College Avenue, at I-94, north and south lots)
  • State Fair Park (I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney Street)



Service is provided during all hours of the festival, beginning 30 minutes before the event and ending 30 minutes after the event. Shuttles come roughly every half hour.

For adults, Freeway Flyer fare round-trip is $7.00 with cash or $5.00 with an M•CARD. M CARD 1-, 7- or 31-Day Pass OR Valid Transfer – Tap Card will be charged an additional $2. For children, seniors and the disabled with proper ID, Freeway Flyer fare round-trip is $3.00. Children under 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult. M CARD 1-, 7- or 31-Day Pass or Valid Transfer – Tap card will be charged an additional 80 cents.

Pay full amount of fare when boarding the Downtown Shuttle or Freeway Flyer to Festa Italiana. Exact fare required.  On the Shuttle and Freeway Flyer, U-PASS (summer semester only), GO Pass, Freedom Pass and Commuter Value Pass are accepted as full fare.


Not coming from downtown? No problem. Routes 14, 15, GreenLine and GoldLine all drop you off within walking distance of the Henry Maier Festival Grounds. Plan your trip at

Customers can purchase M•CARDs, and find additional information and suggested routing by visiting, or by calling the 24-hour automated bus information line at 414-344-6711.

Parking Options

Italian Community Center

Parking is available at the Italian Community Center parking lot conveniently located just one block west of the festival grounds.  The ICC is located at 631 E. Chicago Street and easily accessible from I-794.  Parking is available for $15 per day.

Park and ride

There are a number of options for those looking to park in downtown Milwaukee and take a shuttle to the festival grounds. Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website for a listing of park and ride lots:

Street parking

During crowded times, street parking is limited around the festival grounds and, in most cases, will require paying a meter.


Save the best for last! Italian-style fireworks will go off Saturday and Sunday night! You don’t want to miss the loudest fireworks this summer!


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