Festa Italiana – Ybor’s Italian Festival

Join The Italian Club of Tampa for the 15th Annual Festa Italiana.

Festa Italiana started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day event that benefits The Italian Club of Tampa (L’Unione Italiana) Restoration Fund. What started as just a one day celebration now spans over the course of four days and concludes with the main Festa Italiana event on the final day. Event attendees will experience the finest in live entertainment, family activities, wine and the Tampa Bay area’s restaurants and cuisine.

Wines of Italy

When: Thursday, March 29, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: The Italian Club of Tampa

Festa Italiana kicks off with Wines of Italy, a unique tasting experience where guests will sample over 70 wines fromItalywhile enjoying Italian antipasti and desserts. The silent auction offers an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and gift packages. General Admission $50.

Cinema Italiano

Where: The Italian Club of Tampa

Celebrate fabulous Italian cinema with Festa Italiana at Cinema Italiano where guests will experience award winning films and documentaries while enjoying espresso and dolci. Admission is Free. Donations are welcome.

Friday, March 30, 7:00 pm “Mid-August Lunch” Middle-aged Gianni lives inRomewith his mother and her debt until opportunity knocks on their door in the must unexpected way.

Saturday, March 31, 6:00 pm “Christ in Concrete” A young Italian immigrant struggles with the pressure of providing for his wife during the 1929 depression.

Festa Saturday

When: Saturday, March 31, 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Centennial Park

Spend a day with your entire family and enjoy such entertaining activities as the annual Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, the Homemade Vino Competition, the Italian Idol singing competition and shopping the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market.

Festa Italiana Sunday

When: Sunday, April 1,10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Where: CentennialPark

Festa Italiana on Sunday is the pinnacle of the annual Festa Italiana celebration that is a gathering of authentic tastes, sights and sounds straight fromItaly. Attendees will enjoy the finest cuisines from over thirty of theTampaBayarea’s top restaurants and caterers. The Main Stage will offer some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. Festa Italiana kicks off with Sunday Mass Procession followed by food, entertainment, cooking competitions and classes, grape stomping along with a children’s area and a cultural and genealogy area. Admission $5.