UPDATE: 2017 IFAFA Conference – November 10th & 11th



(UPDATED 10/31/2017) 

You can now sign-up separately for the Workshops or Saturday banquet only!  Check out the updated Registration Form!

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The Amici Italiani Dance Troupe and GRIAA are proudly hosting the 2017 Italian Folk Art Federation of America Conference!

IFAFA Conference November 10 – 11, 2017
Workshops and Festa FolkloristicaHoliday Inn 7550 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108

Visit the  2017 IFAFA Conference page for more information, such as the Registration Form and Sponsor Opportunities!

To learn more about IFAFA, please visit www.italianfolkartfederation.org

2017 Italian-American Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and Special Recognition Awards

Reminder that the Italian-American Hall of Fame Awards Dinner is on Friday, October 6th, 2017!  Hope to see you there!

Date:  October 6th, 2017
Location:  Giovanni’s Restaurant

Time:  6:00 PM
(Complimentary Beer / Wine / Soda From 6 – 7)


Cost:  $40 / Person  |  $75 / Couple

Questions?  Call:  815-979-6936

Rockford Festa Italiana 2017


Rockford Festa Italiana 2017 is coming!

For all Festa Italiana info, see www.festaitalianarockford.com

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 festaitalianarockford.com for more information and to purchase tickets!



Culture and Education Committee – Family Histories Update 6/2017

Announcing: GRIAA’s Immigration Book Will Be Available at

Festa Italiana Aug. 4-6, 2017

GRIAA’S book, Immigration Histories of Rockford Italian Families, will be available for purchase during Festa Italiana in the cultural tent for $20.00.  Check payable to GRIAA is the preferred method of payment.

For mail orders, please send a check payable to GRIAA in the amount of $28.00 ($8.00 to cover costs associated with mailing) to GRIAA at P.O. Box 1915, Rockford, Illinois 61110-0415.  Be sure to include your complete address.  Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.

After Festa Italiana, the book will be available for purchase at Ferolie & Perrecone, Ltd., 321 W. State Street, Suite 800, Rockford, during business hours.  Checks will be the only method of payment accepted.

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!

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, GRIAA.org

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.