Festa Italiana News and Announcements

The exhibitions, performances and events of Festa Weekend at Seattle Center are the culmination and celebration of lots of planning that takes place throughout the year. Through Festa Italiana’s associations with various groups, businesses and organizations, we’re able to host a variety of activities such as Bocce Tournaments, Grape Stomping competitions, Classic Vehicle, Historic Photography , Italian Dogs and Art Exhibitions, etc.  Here is where you’ll find early announcements about registering to participate in these types of activities as well as breaking news about our headline acts, performers and celebrity attendees. You’ll also find a few press releases and videos from previous years.

Take a look around the site and if you have any questions about this year’s Festa Italiana celebration, please contact us.

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…
Call For EntriesGrape Stomp
February 17, 2017

Grape Stomp, call for entries

Join in the fun! The Festa Grape Stomp is one of our most popular events with spectators and participants alike. If you're interested in entering a team in this year's contest, please take a look at the rules and requirements. If you would rather watch the fun, there will be heats on…
Bocce TournamentCall For Entries
February 17, 2017

Bocce Tournament, call for entries

This Italian version of lawn bowling is always one of our most popular events Another great tradition, the Festa Bocce Tournament takes place in the Seattle Center Pavilion with two levels of competition (Recreational and Masters) and as always, this will be a double-elimination contest for teams of four players.…
Photo of Cirneci Call For EntriesDog Show
February 17, 2016

Italian Dog show, call for entries

Exhibit and Puppy Parade Very popular with children and dog lovers of all ages, the Italian Dog Show will be held at the 'All-Italian' Seattle Center Pavilion, also known as Tino’s Cortile, on Saturday and Sunday, 10AM- 5PM. To participate, your pooch will need to be registered in advance. More information...
Call For EntriesVehicle Show
February 17, 2016

Classic Italian Vehicle show, call for entries

Popular and Prestigious Every year the Festa Classic Italian Vehicle show grows in popularity and prestige, attracting thousands of visitors. Participation is free, but you'll need to register in advance. More information...
Voltera by Jen Rees, 2015 Art ShowCall For Entries
February 17, 2016

Art & Photography show, call for entries

Le Arti della Festa Italiana An art show of works inspired by Italy Call for Artists See your artwork about Italy displayed in front of 30,000 patrons at the largest Italian Festival in the Pacific Northwest. Le Arti della Festa Italiana is a juried show and artists including painters, photographers, sculptors…

Videos from the archives


Soprano Nancy Grossi and tenor Steve Wall with cousins Giada and Ava at Seattle Center, Festa Italiana 2012. Courtesy of YOLO Video Production LLC.


Cooking demo by “Cooking With Nonna” star Rosella Rago in Milwaukee for Festa Italiana 2012.


In 2011, Festa Italiana attendee Giovanni brought his grandkids to the Italian Festival and filmed them doing all kinds of fun things including the Pizza Toss.


From 2010, here’s some great footage of the Festa experience, plus chef Ann Burrell on the Great Italian Chefs Cooking Stage.

Tony La Stella in 2010 singing “Buona Sera, Signorina” live on the Moretti Mainstage.


Tony La Stella in 2010 with his classic rendition of “Ciao, Ciao, Bambina”.


A 2009 interview with Nick Stellino and Frank Isernio.


Tony La Stella’s “Ciao, Ciao, Bambina”, this time as the soundtrack to a 2009 slideshow of the Festa Grape Stomp.