By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Apr 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM

It’s never too early to start thinking about Festa Italiana. In fact, planning your visit early will now save you $6 per ticket.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Festa is rolling out a "$7 for 7 Days Spring Fever Ticket Deal," during which you can purchase discounted tickets to the festival that takes place July 22-24.

Between April 17-23, May 15-21 and June 19-25, tickets are just $7 each ($6 off the regular price of $13) at

Said Dean Cannestra, Italian Community Center president and chairman of Festa Italiana: "2017 marks our 40th anniversary, and we are very excited to celebrate this significant milestone with festival-goers this summer. Many of our traditions involve volunteering and celebrating our Italian heritage and culture with friends and family at this annual event.

"We are proud to continue to share our Italian culture with the community and encourage everyone to take advantage of our special promotions as we head into the summer months."

If you miss out on the $7 sales, you can purchase advance tickets online for $10 each through July 20. General admission is $13 at the gate and children ages 12 and under are admitted free all three days when accompanied by an adult.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.