Family Fun at Festa

The emphasis that Italian-Americans, and Italian immigrants in general, place upon family means that any festival based on a love of All Things Italian is going to be very kid-friendly in just about every aspect.

Everywhere you look there’s food, music and colorful dancing. (We only ask that children don’t go in the Wine and Beer Gardens!) Nevertheless, there are some activities at the Italian Festival that have been specifically designed for the younger set.

Tino’s Cortile, Seattle Center Armory

Italian Puppies

There will be a live exhibit of Italian Dog breeds throughout the Festa weekend and this year, it will be across the roadway from the south side of the Armory. Your kids will not want to miss this!

Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm, both Saturday & Sunday.

Italian dogs group of three, bosco and friends

The Italian Festival presents the NW Spotlight Repertory production of Opera Magic ~ Stories in Song

Opera Magic is a special opera program designed for young listeners. Discover the history of opera through song, comedy and satire performed so everyone can understand its fascinating history. You will hear music from “Pompea,” the first opera by Monteverdi, to Rossini’s famous Cat Duet! This is an experience people of all ages will enjoy.

Times: 1:00pm and 3:00pm, both Saturday & Sunday. (Tino’s Cortile in the Armory.)

NW Spotlight Repertory actors

The Festa Pizza Toss

A family favorite, the famous Festa Pizza Toss happens throughout Festa Weekend.

Times: 12 noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm, both Saturday & Sunday.

Sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Sons of Italy, the Pizza Toss is conducted by Piecora’s Pizza.

Piecoras Pizza logo

Inflatable Soccer Pitch

The OSA Seattle FC will provide an inflatable soccer pitch and conduct soccer clinics for children of all ages! Meet and learn from the almost all-Italian coaches and team members of both the men’s and women’s squads.

Times: 11:00am – 3:00pm, both Saturday & Sunday.

Face Painting

Face Painting will be offered by Giggles Entertainment, for a modest charge.

Times: from 11:00 AM, both Saturday & Sunday.

Children with faces painted, photo

Where’s Tino? Find Tino and Win!

Hey kids! Play our Passport Hunt Game (for kids 13 and under)

Pick up a passport at the Festa Information Booth. Then when you spot Tino Pinguino at any one of the six Italian Festival booths/exhibits listed on the passport, get an official stamp. After you collect ALL six stamps, bring your passport back to the Festa Information booth and be entered in a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE: a free birthday party for up to 12 kids at Nutty Squirrel, Magnolia or Phinney locations.

The first 30 Tino hunters per day to collect all six stamps will be awarded a free souvenir prize.
Grand Prize drawing will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 6:00pm. You need not be present to win.

Where's Tino flyer 2019

Costantino Lazzaretti

In memory of our good friend and avid supporter, Tino Lazzaretti, the Kids Courtyard at the Italian Festival has been renamed “Tino’s Cortile.” In this small way, Festa seeks to honor his legacy of promoting education for children, especially children of immigrants, as a means to fulfillment of “the American Dream.” Sponsored in perpetuity by the Costantino Lazzaretti Endowment.

Photo of Constantino