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Festa Italiana
May 31, 2024 5:00 pm
June 2, 2024 9:00 pm
Italian Community Center
July 13, 2015
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Festa Italiana dancers

festaitalianaFesta Italiana is “your ticket to Italy” when it hits Milwaukee’s lakefront May 31st – June 2nd! Amazing Italian food, great entertainment, and the loudest fireworks around. This year, Festa Italiana celebrates 46 years along Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront.

Check out Flag-Throwers of the Florentine, direct from Italy. For music, check out great acts across six stages, including the Children’s Stage. Headliners include Anthony Crivello, George Busateri’s Spider George and the Web, Louis Vanaria, The Sicilian Tenors featuring Aaron Caruso, Sam Vitale, and Vincent Riccardi, Agne, Tre Bella, Cory Pesaturo, Graziana Maria Lazzaro, and FLEMT – straight from Italy. Longtime favorite Rick D’Amore makes his return, too!

Magic tricks, food demonstrations, comedians Vince Carone and Carmen Vallone, singers from the Florentine Opera, and more are all performing each day. The UW Marching Band will perform on Sunday, and the Children’s Stage will have all kinds of entertainment throughout the day.

You can also enjoy a romantic gondola ride on the cove, play bocce ball, watch the Copa Festa Italiana Futsal tournament, or compete in Italian Idol. Classic Italian fare and wine tastings, Kids Pizza Making Contest and annual Cannoli Eating Contest. There’s also a traditional Sunday Mass at 11am.

The fireworks go off every Festa evening around 10pm, and they’re a blast! (No pun intended. Okay, fine, pun intended.)

Admission tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door; Children 12 and under are admitted free all three days when accompanied by an adult. Festa Italiana is a cashless festival –  no cash will be accepted at the box office, ticket windows, or on the grounds.

You can find the grounds under (literally, under) I-794 along Milwaukee’s lakefront. U.S. 18 ends right by the North Gate, and swinging nearby are I-43, I-94, and Highways 32, 38, 57, 59, and 145.

Festa Italiana Address:

Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202