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Enjoy the arts, food and spirit of Italy

The 33rd annual presentation of a community festival inaugurated in 1988 to celebrate the joy of All Things Italian, Festa Italiana is a week-long series of events held in late September and culminating in a major Italian Festival at Seattle Center. Festa Italiana events focus on the cultural roots and the history of Italians in America — especially the Northwest — and celebrate the arts, the food and the spirit that is uniquely Italian.

See the complete schedule of Italian Festival Activities.


Main events and activities

Friday, September 18, 11:00AM-1:30PM

The 33rd Annual Festa Italiana Luncheon, sponsored by the Italian Club of Seattle

Seattle Yacht Club
1807 E Hamlin St.
Seattle, WA 98112

The Italian Club of Seattle presents the 33rd Annual Festa Luncheon, 11:30am at the prestigious Seattle Yacht Club on Portage Bay. This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Eric Scigliano, local author and writer for Crosscut and The Seattle Times. He is most famous for his book Michelangelo’s Mountain about the marble quarries in Carrera, Italy. There will also be the presentation of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award to an outstanding local proponent of Italian culture, and the presentation of the Patricia DeLaurenti Memorial award to one of our volunteers. Free parking. Delicious food. No-host bar. Tickets $55 per person.

You may purchase tickets via Eventbrite (there is a processing fee of $3.74 per ticket)


Saturday, September 19, 6:30PM

Mass in Italian

Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church
2800 S. Massachusetts St.
Seattle, WA 98144

Traditional Catholic Mass at Seattle’s original Italian Mission church plus procession of children. Celebrant will be the The Very Reverend Paul Magnano. Light refreshments served in the school hall following.


Friday, September 25, 7-10PM

Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting & Opening Reception

Armory at Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street,
Seattle, WA 98109

Back by Popular Demand! The Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception. Friday night in the Armory at Seattle Center, Festa Italiana will offer an evening of tasting over 60 Italian wines representing every region of Italy, provided by Citra, Zardetto and Leonardo Locascio Selections, plus an array of Italian antipasti from Big John’s PFI and a free wine glass! Featuring live music by Danny Quintero as well, this is an event you don’t want to miss.
Price is $35 at the door or you may purchase tickets for $30 via Eventbrite.

(NOTE: There is a service fee of $2.49 per ticket.)


Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, 10AM-7PM

The 33rd annual Italian Festival

Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street,
Seattle, WA 98109

The culmination of Festa Italiana and the largest ethnic festival at Seattle Center, the Italian Festival features food, music, art, dance and participatory activities for the entire family. There’s The Great Italian Chefs cooking demonstrations, the Festa Grape Stomp, the Bocce Tournament, children’s activities, an historical photo collection, a contemporary exhibit of paintings and photos of Italy, an Italian Classic Vehicle Show, and three stages with free music and performing arts.