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Saturday 12pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 10pm
Festa Italiana will fill your senses with la dolce vita Italy and meatballs. The 12th annual Festa Italiana stretches along Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street.
Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Italian and Italian-American singers will perform American and Italian classics. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, a well-loved Italian folk dance performed at Italian weddings. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli (of course, not at the same time!), and buy Italian-themed art, and other merchandises.
Live Music & Entertainment
Friday, August 18th
8:00PM Cole Degenova and Chicago Diamond Trio
6:00PM Coax & Folks
Oscar O. D’Angelo Festa Stage
8:00PM Anthony Bruno Orchestra
6:00PM Rose Collela Big Band
8:00PM Too White Crew
6:00PM Hairbangers Ball
Saturday, August 19th
8:30PM Breezy Rodio
6:30PM Alfonso Ponticelli & Band
5:00PM Vince Chiarelli
3:30PM Lisa Roti
2:30PM Tradizione Vivente Tarantella Dancers
2:00PM Daniella Crocco
12:00PM Angel Spiccia
OSCAR O. D’ANGELO FESTA STAGE
8:30PM John Michael Coppola
7:00PM The Four C Notes
5:00PM Outcast Jazz Band
3:00PM Josie Falbo
12:00PM Sam Fazio
8:00PM Wedding Banned
4:00PM Blooze Brothers
2:00PM Rosie and the Rivets
Sunday, AUGUST 20TH
9:00PM Francesco Marino
7:00PM Opera Moda
5:00PM Connie Marshall/Johnny Gabor Quintet
3:00PM La Tosca
1:00PM Frank Gualtieri & the West End Jazz Band
12:00PM The Joe Policastro Trio
Oscar O. D’Angelo Festa Stage
8:00PM Soco 7
6:00PM The Chicago Jazz Orchestra Featuring Paul Marinaro
4:00PM The Flat Cats Swing Band
2:00PM Denise Tomasello
12:00PM Tommy Panici Trio
8:00PM 7th Heaven
6:00PM The Boy Band Night
4:00PM Libido Funk Circus
2:00PM The Hat Guys
12:00PM The Funk Crusaders
GETTING TO TAYLOR STREET @ ASHLAND AVE
FROM CTA TRAINS
Festa Italiana is located in University Village along Taylor Street. If you’re planning on taking the train the pink line’s Polk stop is a short walk to the festival. The Racine blue line stop will also drop you off a couple blocks north of the festival.
FROM CTA BUSES
If you’re coming from the east or west, CTA bus #157 might be your best bet, it runs along Taylor Street. If you’re coming in from the north or south, Ashland’s Bus #9 intersects with Taylor Street.
If you’re planning on driving to Festa Italiana the festival is nearest to I-290. Take its exit at Ashland and then drive south to Taylor Street.
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I loved it! There is an authentic deli where everything is flown in from Italy! This is where I first tasted The Italian kiss gelato and can’t wait to go back! I love this fest and the people! Not to mention the food and cappuccino!
Absolutely love everything. I had so much fun. Great music, great Italian sausage, and always a great time.
Authentic Italian food, great entertainment, and a fun atmosphere for blocks going down Taylor Street. Take your family and friends to enjoy this true Chicago neighborhood festival.