Sketch and Sip

SketchIf you haven’t heard, you can join us for a Sketch and Sip Session!  The event takes place Sat. 8/1/2015  and Sun. 8/2/2015 4:00 p.m. in the Culture Tent!

Cost is $25 per person and Space is limited!  Includes one (1) Complimentary glass of wine!

Please visit the Sketch and Sip page for more information!

You can also directly download the reservation form and instructions here!

Facebook Friday 7/3/2015 – How excited are you for Festa Italiana 2015?


Buon Venerdì!!!  We’re one month away from Rockford’s Festa Italiana 2015!  We hope you are all excited as much as we for another amazing weekend of awesome food, fun, and entertainment!

How excited are you for Festa Italiana?  You can tell us!  Just leave a comment below, or you can join in on the conversation on the official GRIAA and Festa Italiana Facebook pages!  “Liking” our pages will also allow you to keep up with all the latest updates as we approach closer to Festa Italiana 2015!  Hope to see you on there!

Official GRIAA Facebook Page
Official Rockford Festa Italiana Facebook Page

Festa Italiana 2015 Proudly Presents the 1st Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant


Festa Italiana 2015 is excited to announce the 1st Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant!

The pageant will take place on Saturday August 1st, 2015 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.

Winners will receive a crown and sash!  Winners will also be invited to attend the Closing Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. held on the Bufalo Stage on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.

If your child is interested in participating, please visit the Little Miss Italian American Pageant page under the Festa Italiana menu for more information and application forms!  Hurry as space is limited and all entries must be postmarked by July 24th, 2015!



Festa Italiana 2015 Schedule
Friday, July 31st – 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, August 1st – 12pm to 11pm
Sunday, August 2nd – 12pm to 9pm

Call the Festa Hotline:

Rockford’s original, authentic, 37th Annual Festa Italiana is almost here!  Located at the Boylan High School Grounds, Festa Italiana is a celebration of tradition, food, entertainment, and scholarship.  Festa proceeds go GRIAA’s mission of promoting the Italian culture in our community through events and education with the majority of these proceeds going to scholarships in the Rockford area.

Visit our Festa Directions page for location information.

We have an amazing entertainment line-up on *NEW* two stages!  Be sure to visit our Entertainment Page to view the schedule information!

See our Little Miss Pageant and Sketch-and-Sip events!

Sunday Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 10:00am on the grounds.

Admission Info:
Admission is $5.
Children 12 & Under are Free – Accompanied by an Adult.
Free Admission is Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 3:30pm.
Free Admission is also granted to all military active duty and veterans.

Carnival Ride Specials:
$15 with Purchase of Wristband at the South Ticket Booth
Saturday:  Noon to 5:00pm
Sunday:  Ride All Day

Hope to see you all there!

Pappagallo – Spring 2015 Issue

PapSpring2015Felice Primavera!

The Spring 2015 issue of Pappagallo is now available online!

This issue’s featured cover story explores “The Old Men of Italy”.  Other articles include highlights of local news in our Italian-American community, Easter recipes, Rockford’s Sister City Association, and learning the days of the week in the Italian language.  There is also information about GRIAA’s Genealogy Project and scholarship opportunities for Italian-American students.

You can view the current issue here.

Also, you can visit the Pappagallo page to view past issues!

Festa Italiana 2014 Is Here!


Festa Italiana 2014 Schedule
Friday, August 1st – 5 to 11pm
Saturday, August 2nd – 12 to 11pm
Sunday, August 3rd – 12 to 8:30pm

Rockford Festa Italiana 2014 is here!  Come out to the Boylan Catholic High School Grounds and enjoy the food, entertainment, rides, and more!  Admission is $5.00.  Service Veterans get free admission.  Children 12 & under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Rockford Festa Italiana 2014 is located on the Boylan High School Grounds.  Visit our Festa Directions page for more information!

Visit our Entertainment Page to view the schedule of all the amazing shows we have lined up!  Visit our Culture Tent and learn how to make Italian cookies, bruschetta, wine, limoncello, and fine liqueur.  You can also experience wine stomping!

Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Bishop David Malloy on the grounds.

Carnival Ride Specials are $15 with purchase of wristband at the south ticket booth.  (Saturday:  Noon to 5:00pm.   Sunday:  Ride All Day)

See you at Festa!

2014 Hall of Fame Awards Banquet – Make Your Reservations Now!

franchescosGRIAA’s 2014 Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards Banquet will once again be held at Franchesco’s Ristorante on Saturday, October 11, 2014!

Social Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by Dinner and the Awards Program.  Live music will be performed by the Mike Alongi Trio!

Come join us as we honor those who have made an incredible positive impact on the Italian American Community.  For more information and R.S.V.P details, please visit the Hall of Fame Committee page or see the 2014 Hall of Fame Flyer.

A reminder that you can also nominate someone for the Hall of Fame / Special Recognition Award by completing the Hall of Fame Nomination Form, which can also be found on the Hall of Fame Committee page.