Celebrate your Italian pride or amore for Italian culture and music, food, fashion and fun at the 7th Annual Taylor Street Festa Italiana! From Thursday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 25th, the annual festival returns to Taylor Street celebrating the history and heritage of Chicago’s Little Italy. Open to all ages, guests will be inspired to dress, eat, and speak like a true Italian for this fun-filled weekend! Featuring Taylor Street’s renowned restaurants, live entertainment, the highly anticipated Turano Baking Company and Fontanini Meatball Eating Contest, grape stomping, bocce ball and much more, this popular Chicago festival attracts over 50,000 guests in four days. Even if you’re not Italian – as the tagline goes “Italy is In!”
“Festa Italiana provides a great time for everyone who is of Italian heritage or wants to be Italian for a few days,” says Kathy Catrambone, Executive Director of the University Village Association in Chicago’s historic Little Italy. “We know Little Italy is one of the city’s best neighborhoods, and the Festa gives us an opportunity to show it off.”
Come see all of the excitement that will take place on the event’s three main stages. Italian-inspired solo artists and musical groups, rock bands, kid-friendly entertainment and educational arts and culture presentations will appeal to attendees of all ages.
There will be dancing in the streets…some of the talents to bring Italian music to the ambiance sponsored by Rosebud Restaurants include Bobby Rydell, popular teen idol from the 1960’s with hits including “Wild One” and “Volare,” SOCO7, Moreno Fruzzetti, Tony Spavone, Ratt Pack Jazz, Spiral, Joe Martino & The Volare Dancers and Packy Angelo Ciaravino. Plus there is a line up of pop and rock entertainment such as This Must Be The Band, Acoustic Generation, The Hat Guys, Jaw Potato, Matt O’Ree Band, Soundtrack Serenade, Todd Hembrook & Hemispheres, Grood, The Break, Old Timey and Ten Foot Tail.
Besides memorable food and entertainment, don’t forget the traditional Italian games and contests. Event highlights include a bocce ball tournament for players of all skill levels. Then, get ready for the 3rd Annual Great Grape Stomp! Festa Italiana pays homage to the old days of winemaking in Italy with this fun-filled contest. Grapes have long been celebrated in Italy as they are the key ingredients to wine, an Italian staple.
Don’t forget to practice your artistic skills in an art contest or even sing a few tunes during karaoke. Even better enter the Turano Baking Company and Fontanini Meatball Eating Contest. It’ll have you saying, “mamma mia!” The fest will be held on Taylor between Racine and Ashland in Chicago’s Little Italy, suggested donation is $5 and children under 12 are free.
Via: Bettie Bomb