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Calendar of Events
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John Panaggio Original Ziti Night (Friday, September 24th – 5pm)
7th Annual Meatball Challenge (Tuesday, September 28th – 6pm)
Festival In The Park (Saturday, October 2nd – 11am to 4pm
Cinefesta (Tuesday, October 5th – 1pm, 4pm & 7pm)
Discover Depictions of Dante’s Dazzling Divine Comedy (Thursday, October 2nd – 7:30pm)
Italian Concert (Saturday, October 9th – 7pm)
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.
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 Comittee and its generous community partners, Newport Festa Italian carries on time-honored traditions including the celebration of the Columbus Day 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 celebrates The Newport Sister City link with Imperia, Italy is bonded by common geography and bolstered by Newport’s own proud Italian community. The two cities have forged a particularly strong connection since formally establishing a Sister City relationship, with regular cultural exchanges centered around Newport’s Columbus Day Mass and Parade and its celebrated annual Festival in the Park. 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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Newport Festa Italiana
P O Box 3663, Newport, RI, 02840
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