Call To Action – The Festa Italian committee is currently looking for additional vendors and artisans to join the offerings for this event.  Vendors need not be Italian or offer Italian goods but it would certainly be welcomed.  Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should reach out to the Festival Organizers at 401-683-4378 or  401-849-7087 no later than Wednesday, September 8th.

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Calendar of Events

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John Panaggio Original Ziti Night (Friday, September 24th – 5pm)

The 7th Annual Meatball Challenge has been postponed to 2022!

Festival In The Park (Saturday, October 2nd – 11am to 4pm)

CineFesta (Tuesday, October 5th – 1pm, 4pm & 7pm) SOLD OUT

Vantarsi dell’Italia: curiosità e aneddoti.  [Bragging about Italy: interesting facts and anecdotes.]  (Thursday, October 2nd – 7:30pm)

The Italian Heritage Concert has been postponed to 2022!

Italian Heritage Parade (Monday, October 11th – step off at Noon)

Learning About Italy Whenever the Time Allows

Click on any of the links below to discover all the treasures that Italy has to offer in art, cuisine, music, dance and history.

Museums of The Vatican 360 Virtual Tour

Sistine Chapel Explained

Castel Sant Angelo in Rome Virtual Tour

Coliseum in Rome Virtual Tour

Enjoy the Tarantella Napoletana

The Saltarello Laziale Dance

Old Games of Italy

Cult of the Dead and Burial Methods of Italy

History of Italian Fashion

Who We Are

Celebrating its 27th Anniversary, Newport Festa Italiana has grown from its original weekend slate of events to a month-long calendar of opportunities for everyone to connect to their Italian roots.  Those who participate in Newport Festa Italiana will see that the community aspect of the celebration is as alive today as it was in its origination.  Whether you are young or old, a newcomer or a Newport Festa veteran, when you come to Festa, you are treated like famiglia (“family”). At Newport Festa Italiana, you are Italian!  

Made possible each year by the work of dedicated volunteers, Newport Festa Italiana continues to build on rich traditions as it celebrates the past, present and future of the Italian community in Newport. Supported by the Newport Festa Committee and its generous community partners, Newport Festa Italian carries on time-honored traditions including the celebration of the Italian Heritage Mass and Parade, cultural exhibits, CineFesta, Annual Meatball Challenge, book talks, genealogical sessions, live musical concert and the ever-popular Festival in The Park.  We’re proud to be a part of the community, serving our friends and neighbors.

Newport Festa Italiana additionally Newport Festa Italiana originated as a way to bring together its Italian community to celebrate the accomplishments of Italian-American immigrants and to share all that our Italian heritage has to offer by way of music, food, dance and storytelling.  Taking place throughout the City of Newport Festa Italiana serves as a way to reunite the many Italians of our community and to welcome visitors from around the world. 

After arriving on the ancestral soil I figured out pretty quickly why that [Italian] heritage swamps all competition. It’s a culture that sweeps you in, sits you down in the kitchen, and feeds you so well you really don’t want to leave.

— Barbara Kingsolver

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