Buongiorno! The Houston Italian Festival is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary and they want you to join them! Festa Italiana runs for four days, October 11- 14. It’s the perfect way to spend a long weekend celebrating Italian culture and heritage. There will be live music and performances, food and drinks, art, and activities for grown-ups and the whole family! Divertiti!



The Festa Italiana lineup is huge and you won’t want to miss a single thing! This year’s performances include DJ Italia, Amanda Pascali and The Family, the Tarantellas, the Houston International Folk Dancing Group, Italian tenor Aaron Caruso, Radio Live, and the Fab 5, a Beatles Tribute band.

You can also check out a live demonstration by the Scuola Di Fabris Historical Duelist Corps. The festival will also have film screenings, Italian language classes, interactive sidewalk art by Carol Wells, and more. Plus, you can put on a little show of your own and take part in the adult Bocce Ball tournament. Or, catch a game of Tombola, a game of Bingo with an Italian flare!



Once you’ve exhausted yourself at Bocce Ball and dancing, there will be plenty of ways to fuel up and wind down. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to compete in pasta- eating contests and grape stomps but we know you’re really looking forward to the wine! Get a great deal on Eventbrite where you can purchase tickets for a Premium Italian Wine Tasting, Sicilian Wine Tasting, Tasting Tour of Italian Wine, and an Italian Craft Beer Tasting! The prices are so good, you can sign up for all of them!

If you want to get your game on while you drink up, be sure to grab tickets for the Thursday Night Special- Poker & Wine! The Italian Poker game will only be hosted on Thursday Night from 7:30- 9:45. You can get tickets for just the game, or the game and the Premium Italian Wine Tasting. Molto bene!



Whether you’re a 20- something or a young family, there will be plenty to do at the Houston Italian Festival. A Marionette Puppet Show will get the audience giggling. Don’t miss the Classic Car Show on Sunday for everyone to ooh and ahh. Chow down on the delicious Italian eats and drinks provided by local vendors. Dishes on the menu include pasta and meatballs, baked artichokes, lasagna, and more.

For kids aged 3- 10 years old, sign up for La Piccola Cucina, a hands-on culinary activity. They’ll put on a chef’s apron to learn basic Italian language and culture while preparing authentic Italian cuisine. Italian breadsticks or focaccia will be on the agenda, depending on which session you choose. Best of all, tickets are just $10!


The Houston Italian Festival runs from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14. Admission is free on Thursday and until 4 pm on Friday. The festival will be held on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas campus with plenty of parking nearby.  Keep up to date with more info at HoustonItalianFestival.com and check out their ticket options on Eventbrite!


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