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Seattle's 34th Annual Festa Italiana!

 

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Seattle's 34th Annual Festa Italiana!

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Thanks for another great Festa! It was an honor to be the only festival at Seattle Center this year.
Let’s do it again:
September 24 – 25, 2022 for our 35th Annual. Ci Vediamo!

2021 Italian Festival!

Welcome to Seattle’s 34th 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. 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, the Italian Festival returns to Seattle Center and we feel very fortunate that out of all 22 cultural festivals at Seattle Center, The 34th Annual Italian Festival will be the only “in-person” event of 2021. Please come celebrate with us!

Please read: Seattle Center’s COVID-19 Health Safety Face Covering and Physical Distancing Protocols (PDF) 

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 34th Annual Italian Festival:

Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

September 25 & 26, 2021
10AM – 9PM, Saturday
10AM – 6PM, Sunday

Highlights

Music

Additional musical performances by our very own Seattle Mandolin Orchestra and the Portland based Gypsy-rock band, Mbrascatu, can be found on our Musical Performances page.

Great Italian Chefs

Over the years we have had Live Cooking Demos from chefs 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. During 2020 we solicited “virtual” cooking demos, from local chefs and celebrities alike, for you to enjoy at home 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.

This year for our return to Seattle Center we’ve lined up some great chefs for you to watch in person on the rooftop terrace of Fisher Pavilion. A chef will take the stage every hour throughout the weekend from 11:00am – 5:00pm.

Rossella Rago

Festa Grape Stomp

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 great prizes with a free T-shirt given to each competitor. Just don’t sit in the front row!

Festa Bocce Tournament

Moving back to the main floor of the Armory, this Italian version of lawn bowling is one of our most popular events. Featuring a Masters division for professionals and a Recreational division for occasional players, the bocce tournament is fascinating to watch.

Tino’s Cortile

Featuring as many of our traditional children’s activities as permitted plus the “All Breeds” Italian Dog Show. And it’s all free.

From left, Bosco the Lagotto Romagnolo and his pals Romeo the Italian Greyhound, and Cece the Cirneco dell’ Etna all can’t wait to see you!
(Photo by Sarah Evans).

Exhibits

An Italian Car Show, “34 Years of Festa Posters” Art Show, and the Historical Photo Exhibit about Seattle’s earliest Italians plus booths of Italian organizations, arts and crafts, imported housewares, and lots of merch & souvenirs.

Food & Wine

Pizza, Pasta, Italian Sausage, Salami, Meatballs, Focaccia, Gelato, Birra, Vino, Prosecco, Limoncello, Cannoli, Espresso, Italian Sodas, and three Wine & Beer Gardens!

Downloadable 2021 Festa Poster

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

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.

The Virtual Italian Festival of 2020

Last year, due to restrictions placed on large public events, we went 100% virtual! Please take a look at the videos below. We hope to see you in person at this year’s live event.

PART 1

List of Artists in Order of Appearance

Fortissimo!, Danny Quintero, Julie Cascioppo, Tony La Stella, Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, The Primo Basso Band, Rob Porcaro, Mary Marchese – That’s Amore, La Mezzanotte Trio (Slideshow), Dennis from Dennis & the Jets, La MezzaNotte Trio, The Rigatones, Tony La Stella & The Goombas.

Special thanks to Seattle Center and our amazing sponsors!

PART 2

List of Artists in Order of Appearance

The Rigatones, Danny Quintero, Mary Marchese, Fortissimo! The Tarantellas, Rob Porcaro, The Primo Basso Band, La Mezzanotte Trio (Slideshow), Mbrascatu, Tony La Stella & The Goombas, Fortissimo!, Julie Cascioppo, The Primo Basso Band, Fortissimo!

Special thanks to Seattle Center and our amazing sponsors!

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: