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Calimari is one of the culinary hits at Festa Italiana. (PHOTO: Stephen Seftar)

In Festival Guide

This is the 38th year of Festa Italiana. (PHOTO: Stephen Seftar)

Festa Italiana: July 17-19

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Henry Maier Festival Park will be teeming with people at Festa Italiana as they take in Italian culture and enjoying nearly 40 entertainment acts across the grounds, such as Dove c'è Musica – Tribute to Eros Ramazzotti, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, The Bronx Wanderers and U2Zoo.

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, 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 and Saturday (July 17-19) 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday July 20 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Admission: $10 in advance online (through July 16), $13 at the gate. A three-day pass is $25. Children 12 and under are free. There are also a variety of specials throughout the fest.

Highlights: On Sunday there will be a Cucina Showcase where five recipes will be judged and the Golden Spoon Award (il Cucchiaio d'Oro) will be presented to the winner. Festa will also host the first ever Cannoli Championship Showdown.

The Vince Chiarelli Band out of Rockford, Ill., will debut at Festa this year, while Festa favorite The Bronx Wanderers return. Meanwhile, the headlining act, Dove c'è Musical, comes to Milwaukee direct from Italy and promises to make audiences feel like they are in the stands at one of Eros' amazing world tours.

For more information: (414) 223-2808, or visit the web site.


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