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5 days until Virtual Festa starts streaming from Seattle Center on September 26th at 12 noon

2020 Virtual Italian Festival!

Welcome to Seattle’s 33rd Annual Festa Italiana! Festa Italiana is an all-volunteer community organization that 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.

This year, due to restrictions placed on large public events, we are going 100% virtual! Please join us as we present the excitement of a “Live” festival captured forever for viewing on your cell, computer or TV screen.

Where and When

All of the music and entertainment of the 33rd Annual Italian Festival has been videotaped at Seattle Center and will start streaming at 12 Noon, Saturday, September 26, 2020 on several platforms worldwide including Facebook. To access the various video streams, see the links below or visit www.SeattleCenter.com/Festal starting at Noon, Saturday, September 26th.

Highlights

Performances from Fortissimo! starring Gino Luchetti, Chai Ahrenius, and “Ballard Opera Man” Stephen Wall, accompanied by La Mezzanotte Trio. Singers Danny Quintero, Rob Porcaro, Mary Marchese and Tony La Stella backed up by Tony’s group “The Goombas.” Plus The Primo Basso Band, The Rigatones, Julie Cascioppo, and special archived footage of The Tarantellas with Bonnie Birch. And including, a unique performance of the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra playing a socially-distanced session filmed entirely from their homes!

La Vita è Bella, Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Great Italian Chefs

Over the years we have had Live Cooking 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, Christina Pirello, Rosella Rago and Nick Stellino. This year we are presenting a series of pre-recorded cooking demos on video that can be screened anytime, anywhere, and that you can view as you cook along! Just visit the Great Italian Chef Page to see demos from local chefs such as Brad Inserra and Frank Isernio to national stars like Rossella Rago.

Rosella Rago chef

Rossella Rago

Play Bingo Italiano™ on ZOOM!

Friday, September 25

BINGO ITALIANO™ 7 PM on ZOOM
$20 – 2 Cards / 3 Games / Great Prizes!

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $2 Service Charge for each ticket.

Live Music with Lenny Luzzi & Fun for the Whole Family!

Round 1 – Regular “BINGO”
Prize: 10 Free pkgs. Isernio’s Sausage ($50 value)

Round 2 – Regular “BINGO”
Prize: Gift Cert. Big John’s PFI ($50 value)

Round 3 – Blackout Round
Prize: Gift Cert. Tutta Bella Pizzerias ($100 value)

PLUS A Bonus DOOR PRIZE DRAWING!

Festa Virtual Bingo poster
Saturday, September 26

BINGO ITALIANO™ SATURDAY 7 PM on ZOOM
$20 – 2 Cards / 3 Games / Great Prizes!

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $2 Service Charge for each ticket.

Live Music with Tony La Stella & Fun for the Whole Family!

Round 1 – Regular “BINGO”
Prize: 10 Free pkgs. Isernio’s Sausage ($50 value)

Round 2 – Regular “BINGO”
Prize: Gift Cert. Tutta Bella Pizzerias ($50 value)

Round 3 – Blackout Round
Prize: Gift Cert. Big John’s PFI ($100 value)

PLUS A DOOR PRIZE DRAWING!

Downloadable Virtual Festa Poster

To help get into the spirit of Festa, feel free to download and print out a PDF of this year’s poster!

Mbrascatu

A great video by Mbrascatu who have played the Italian Festival for many years. This indy ensemble from Portland, Oregon plays original material sung in the Calabrese dialect and never fails to get the crowd on its feet. Gypsy-rock at its most exciting!

Le Arti della Festa Italiana

Le Arti della Festa Italiana will be displaying all this year’s selected artwork in an online gallery. For more information, including how to submit your Italy-inspired work for inclusion in this year’s show, take a look at our Art & Photography page.

Dante Alighieri Society, Italian Language Classes and Food Quiz

Dante Alighieri Society, logo

As part of the Virtual Festa, the Dante Alighieri Society, listed on our Cultural Organizations page, has posted Italian Language Classes and even an Italian Food Quiz and presentation. Find these items and more on our Vendors page!

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: