Festa Italiana: July 22-24
Henry Maier Festival Park will be teeming with people at Festa Italiana as they take in Italian culture and enjoying a wide range of entertainment acts across the grounds, such as soprano prodigy, Jackie Evancho, John Michael Coppola's Jersey Voice and The Four C Notes along with crowd favorite Michéal Castaldo and much more. Access the complete entertainment line-up here.
Tents for Italian culture and cinema will be set up, and the traditional Sunday Festa Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Patrons will also be able to take gondola rides, compete in a cannoli eating contest, play bocce ball or take part in the "Italian Idol" singing contest.
Also, be sure to stay to the end of every night when the Bartolotta fireworks go off every night at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Henry Maier Festival Park.
Hours: Friday, July 22 from 2 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 23 from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Sunday July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Admission: $10 in advance online (through July 21), $13 at the gate. A three-day pass is $25. Children 12 and under are free. A special $7 ticket promotion also takes place June 13-19. Visit the online ticket page to purchase. Also watch for a variety of admission specials throughout the fest.
Highlights: For the first time ever, the 29th annual Milwaukee Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer will be held at Festa Italiana. The 3K Walk/5K Run, which supports local cancer care and research initiatives, will be Saturday, July 23 and will celebrate Coach Lombardi's treasured Italian heritage.
On Sunday in the Cucina Showcase five recipes will be judged during the Third Annual Chef's Choice Recipe Competition, the winner of which will receive the annual Golden Spoon Award (il Cucchiaio d'Oro).
The Brooklyn-born, classically trained singing and comedy brother duo, Will and Anthony Nunziata, will debut at Festa this year, while Festa favorite The Bronx Wanderers return for performances every night of the fest. Meanwhile, the headlining act, 15 year old Jackie Evancho will showcase her stunning soprano vocals, including songs from her forthcoming studio album.
For more information: (414) 223-2808, or visit the web site.
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