Festa Italiana - It Feels Good to be Italian!

Festa Italiana 2014 kicks-off Friday, July 18, at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  At Festa, everyone’s Italian!


Enjoy new and exciting Italian entertainment, traditional Italian food, a variety of wines and spirits, Italian heritage and fun attractions for all to enjoy.  Benvenuti!


Live Italian


From traditional favorites, to contemporary hits, Festa 2014 is the place to be for Italian music and entertainment.  This summer, the lakefront will play host to a full line-up of Italian performers including Patrizio Buanne, Moreno Fruzzetti, Franco Corso, Tre Bella, Vince Chiarelli, Natalie Pinto, comedian Stephen Sorrentino, Tony Spavone, Russo Brothers, Dick Contino and Festa favorite The Bronx Wanderers! Also, rock out to one of the country’s top Bruce Springsteen acts, Bella Cain, and Matt Macis and Hannah Timm.

Eat Italian


Aside from actually eating in Italy, Festa 2014 is the next best thing. So grab a plate and make like an Italian with classic Festa favorites including rice balls, Italian sausage sandwiches, fried eggplant strips, calamari, Panini, pasta and cannoli…is your mouth watering yet? With nearly 40 food vendors to choose from, your stomach is guaranteed to leave happy. Looking for some new recipes? The Cucina Showcase is back featuring local and celebrity chefs to demonstrate their favorite Italian dishes.  And, don’t forget the vino – experience our wine tastings featuring some of the most famous and sought-after wines.

Play Italian


Test your bocce ball skills or sing your heart out in Italian Idol!  Take a romantic gondola ride and enjoy Festa from the water’s view.  Enjoy the Pinocchio Parade and daily entertainment at the Children’s Stage.  See who you know at the Vintage Photo Display and attend traditional Sunday mass.  Celebrate everything Italian with family and friends at Festa!

Be Italian


Tradition says Festa has the best fireworks on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  Come see for yourself with Bartolotta fireworks every night at 10:30 p.m.!



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