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!
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 chef’s representing such local restaurants as: Café Juanita, Tulio, il Fornaio, Il Terrazzo Carmine, Café Bengodi, Serefina, Assaggio, 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. This year we are presenting a series of pre-recorded cooking demos on video that can be screened anytime, anywhere, and that you can view 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.
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.
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!