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2015 Italian Festival!

Welcome to Seattle's 28th 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 major 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. (Photo by Bruce Turner)Grape Stompers

Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings at Seattle Center as once again we present the 28th Annual Italian Festival, September 26 & 27, 2015.
Times are 10AM - 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday night at 7PM we will also present the Taste of Italy wine Tasting and Reception in the Seattle Center Armory.

Our highlights include a Celebrity Chef headlining a great schedule of cooking demos, Sicilian puppetry by the Carter Family Marionettes 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.

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!

Calendar 2015

Saturday, September 12
Traditional Mass in Italian
5:00 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle, 98144
Free Reception to follow.

Friday, September 25

The Italian American Heritage Association presents
The Festa Italiana Gala
6:00 PM in the prestigious
Spanish Ballroom at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Presentation of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award to an outstanding local Italian-American and a featuring a national keynote speaker.

Saturday-Sunday, September 26 & 27
The 28th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center
Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!
Saturday, September 26
"Taste of Italy™" Wine Tasting and Reception
7:00 PM in the Armory at Seattle Center.
Great wine, antipasto & live music by
Tony LaStella & the Goombas. (photo credit: Paula Alexander)
tony lastella


Jump in with both feet and make wine as they used to in the old country. Put together a three-person team and compete for T-shirts and great prizes. What a Show! More Grape Stomp information.


The “Great Italian Chefs” Cooking Stage: Learn culinary secrets from the masters at these popular cooking demos outdoors in the piazza, starring a Celebrity Chef as well as local chefs from Seattle’s best Italian restaurants.Who will be the Celebrity Chef for 2015? Watch this space for an announcement over the next few weeks. In the past we have welcomed such 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. As always, we will pass out free samples!

Last year, Frank Isernio, founder and CEO of Isernio's Sausage Company shared family recipes and cooking tips on the "Great Italian Chefs" Cooking Stage on Saturday. This year, look for him at 2 PM each day.

Bocce Tournament

Now in a beautiful new location in the Seattle Center Armory, this Italian version of lawn bowling is always one of our most popular events. Featuring a Masters division for professionals and a Recreational division for occasional players, it's fascinating to watch. Tournament rules and Bocce information.

Tino's Cortile

The Kids Courtyard has moved indoors! Acclaimed ASL Storyteller Gerardo DiPietro, the famous Pizza Toss, a Sicilian puppet show, the Italian Dog Show, a Bouncy Castle and hands-on activities - all free! Now located inside the Seattle Center pavilion.

Puppy Parades


Sicilian Sight Hounds, known in Italian as Cirneci dell'Etna, will be exhibited along with Italian Greyhounds and other Italian breeds as part of the expanded children's activities at the Italian Festival with "Puppy Parades" each day at 12:15 and 2:15 PM. See the complete schedule.

More Attractions

Le Arti della Festa Italiana International Art Show, an Italian Car Show and the Historical Photo Exhibit about Seattle's earliest Italians.


Pizza, Pasta, Italian Sausage, Salami, Meatballs, Foccacia, Gelato, Birra, Vino, Espresso and more. Plus: Great family entertainment, crafts, food-sampling booths and three Wine & Beer Gardens!

Win a  One-Week Stay in Italy


Win a one-week stay in Italy for two in a villa in Tuscany from Italy4Real.com. Raffle Tickets $5 a piece. Only 1,000 chances will be sold. Drawing at 6:00pm Sunday in the Fisher Pavilion.


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