Rockford Festa Italiana 2017



Rockford Festa Italiana 2017 is coming!

For all Festa Italiana info, see

Festa Hours:

Thursday, August 3rd: 6 – 10PM
[Special Lee Ann Womack Concert tickets ONLY]
[No Carnival Rides will be open Thursday, August 3rd]

Friday, August 4th:  5 – 11 PM
Saturday, August 5th:  12 – 11 PM
Sunday, August 6th  12 – 7 PM
Sunday Mass on the grounds at 10:00 a.m.

Festa Italiana Rockford 2017 – Grammy Winner Lee Ann Womack to Perform!


The Festa Italiana 2017 Executive Board proudly announced that Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack will be opening Festa Italiana Rockford 2017 on Thursday, August 3rd 7:00 p.m.!

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Special General Admission tickets (separate from the Festa Admission) must be purchased to attend this concert.  Tickets can be purchased through the Festa Italiana website.

Tickets purchased now thru June 30th Midnight EDT will be $25.
Tickets purchased from July 1st thru August 3rd 6:00 pm EDT will be $35.
Tickets will be $40 at the door.

Don’t miss your chance to see this performance!  Head on over to for more information and to purchase tickets!



Culture and Education Committee – Family Histories Update 6/2017

ellis_island_b_and_wThe Culture and Education Committee page has been updated with all the latest family histories!

Buttacavoli Family
Ingrassia Family

Check out the Culture and Education Committee page!

Press Release: Cucina Italiana II – Submit Recipes and Also Enter an Art Contest!




GRIAA is proud to sponsor a new collection of recipes that will represent our Italian Heritage and our love for family and friends.

Cucina Italiana II
“La famiglia e gli amici vengono tutti a tavola e mangiano.”
Family and frends, come to the table and eat.

Recipes will be collected now through January of 2017*
*Recipes are subject to committee approval.

For more information, contact or visit our website


You may also enter the Cookbook Art Contest for a chance to win a prize!

See forms below for more information and submittal instructions!

Cucina Italiana II – Forms / Information

Cucina Italiana II Cookbook Press Release
Cucina Italiana II Cookbook Recipe Form
Cucina Italiana II Cookbook Art Contest

Culture and Education Committee – Family Histories – Deadline Extended to 11/1/2016

Tellis_island_b_and_whe Culture and Education Committee is announcing that the deadline for the Family Histories project has now been extended to 11/01/2016!

For more information on the project, please visit the Culture and Education Committee page.  You will find instructions and examples of other histories that have been submitted!

For those who have submitted their family history, please ensure that it is posted on the Culture and Education Committee page.  If it is not visible, or if you have additional inquiries about the project, please e-mail


2016 Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Award Banquet


The 2016 Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Award Banquet is Saturday, October 8th at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

Music will be provided by the Mike Alongi Trio!

6:00 pm Social Hour
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Awards Program

Cost is $40.00 per person.  R.S.V.P by 9/30/2016 (make checks payable to GRIAA).

Visit the Hall of Fame page for more information and reservation form.  You can also download the reservation form here!

Announcing Little Miss Italian American Pageant 2016!


Festa Italiana 2016 is proud to host its 2nd Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant!

Press Release:

The pageant will take place on Saturday August 6th, 2016 on the Festival Grounds at the Gambino State (next to the Culture Tent).  The pageant will host two groups:  one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12.  Contestants will be judged on Speech, Stage Presence, and Prepared Questions. Look for more information on our website,

If your child is interested in participating, please download the applicable forms below and follow the instructions within.  Space is limited.  All entries must be postmarked by July 27th, 2016.  No late applications will be accepted.

Application Forms:

You may also download the forms on the Little Miss Italian American Pageant page.