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2018 Italian Festival!

Welcome to Seattle’s 31st Annual Festa Italiana! Festa Italiana is an all-volunteer community organization which produces an annual series of events the last week of September, culminating in a FREE Italian Festival at Seattle Center. Since 1988, Festa Italiana has been celebrating the cultural roots of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Pacific Northwest by promoting the arts, the food and the culture that are uniquely Italian.

Where and When

Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings of the Seattle Center, as we present the 31st Annual Italian Festival:

Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

September 29 & 30, 2018
10AM – 7PM, Saturday and Sunday


Our highlights include two concerts starring The Swingle Kings – Live from Perugia, Italy in their first American appearance, Celebrity Chef Marco Sciortino from Marco’s in Buffalo, New York, headlining a great schedule of cooking demos on the Galbani “Great Italian Chefs” Cooking stage, “Opera for Kids” starring Spotlight Repertory NW, and a Grape Stomping competition which has to be seen to be believed! By popular demand, the Food Court & Vendor Market has been expanded as well.


Celebrity Chefs

Over the years we have had demos from chef’s representing such local restaurants as: Café JuanitaTulioil FornaioIl Terrazzo CarmineCafé BengodiSerefinaAssaggio, etc. Some of their recipes can be found in our online Recipe Collection. At the same time, we have featured such national culinary luminaries as Mario Batali, Giuliano Bugali, Anne Burrell, Biba Caggiano, Michael Chiarello, Rocco DiSpirito, Mary Ann Esposito, Maria Liberati, Michol Negrin, Christina Pirello, Rosella Rago and Nick Stellino.


Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception

Friday, September 28th at 7PM we will also present the Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception in the Armory at Seattle Center. Featuring music by Danny Quintero, over 70 Italian wines to taste, and delicious Hors d’oeuvres and antipasti from Big John’s PFI. Tickets are $30 per person and you must be 21 or older to enter. (Service charges apply.)


Family Fun

As always, we will again offer a wide array of cultural and educational opportunities in which to participate and learn. Year after year, however, our main attractions continue to be food, entertainment and fun for the whole family!

Chef Marco Sciortino

Celebrity Chef Marco Sciortino from Marco’s in Buffalo, New York.


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Win a one-week stay in Italy for two in a villa in Tuscany from
Raffle Tickets $5 a piece. Only 1,000 chances will be sold. Drawing at 6:00pm Sunday in the Fisher Pavilion.

Get Involved

Festa Italiana is a community driven event, so if you’re interested in getting involved we have several ways in which you could help:

Aaron Caruso portrait Performing ArtistsPress Release
July 14, 2017

Aaron Caruso, announcement

Tenor Aaron Caruso in Concert Returning to the Italian Festival for the first time in ten years, Aaron Caruso has just finished an 8-city tour of Italy where among other venues, he sang in Rome with a 60-piece carabinieri orchestra! This young tenor with a big voice is no stranger…
Folk dancing children photo Performing ArtistsPress Release
July 1, 2017

Folk Dance, announcement

On Saturday, September 23rd, the children of Cinquegranelli Montessori School will sing and dance to Italian songs on the Moretti Main stage of the Fisher Pavilion, 10:30 AM.
Performing ArtistsPress Release
July 1, 2017

Puppet Show, announcement

Pinocchio For our 30th Annual Italian Festival, Festa Italiana has chosen to bring back our most popular marionette troupe, the Olde World Puppet Theatre from Portland, Oregon. Their version of "Pinocchio" is light-hearted and action-packed. For almost 50 minutes, the four puppeteers move around the stage bringing an entire cast…
Religious painting Italian MassPress Release
June 14, 2017

Italian Mass, announcement

Traditional Catholic Mass Every year preceding Festa Week we're fortunate to have a traditional Catholic Mass in Italian at Mt. Virgin Church, Seattle's original Italian Mission church. This year Mass will be on Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 PM. Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church, 2800 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle, WA 98144 Celebrant…
Danny Quintero photo Festa WeekPress ReleaseTaste of ItalyTickets Required
June 14, 2017

Taste of ItalyTM, announcement

Italian Wine Tasting The "Taste of Italy™," the popular Wine Tasting and Reception will be held this year on Friday, September 22, 2017 and will again be located in the Seattle Center Armory, right next door to the Italian Festival in the heart of the Seattle Center grounds. The "Taste…
Seattle Yacht Club exterior photo Festa WeekItalian LuncheonPress ReleaseTickets Required
June 14, 2017

Italian Luncheon, announcement

Annual Italian Club Festa Luncheon This year's Annual Italian Club Festa Luncheon will be at the prestigious Seattle Yacht Club on Portage Bay. The event will be held Friday September 15th, from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The Yacht Club offers a beautiful dining room, great food, and free nearby…
Primo Basso Band photo Performing ArtistsPress Release
June 14, 2017

Performing Artists, announcement

Headlining for our 30th anniversary Musical performers, artists and entertainers Every year at Festa we're fortunate to have some amazing entertainers and this year is no different. We're proud to announce the following headliners: Musical performance by Tenor, Aaron Caruso Musical performance by Danny Quintero and his band at the…
Rossella Rago Celebrity ChefsPress Release
June 14, 2017

Celebrity Chefs, announcement

Chef Rossella Rago Returns to Festa for our 30th Annual! At 3:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017, Festa Italiana is proud to present Rossella Rago as our Celebrity Chef for the 30th Annual Italian Festival at Seattle Center. She will headline a…