Festa Italiana is Back and Bigger in 2018!
The Italian American Cultural Society’s Festa Italiana will be held at Freedom Hill County Park ! This fun for all ages three-day event is FREE for everyone to attend and celebrates Italian heritage featuring live music, great food and tons of fun – everyone is Italian at Festa Italiana!
For three days each July, Festa Italiana takes over Freedom Hill County Park with countless fun for all! This year will feature national and local entertainment, Italian wines & beer, a Cannoli Eating Competition, Meatball tasting contest, an American Teen Idol Singing Contest, Night Fireworks and a Family Fun Zone that feature bounce houses, zip line, a rock climbing wall, petting zoo, and much more! The festival will have your mouth watering from the best Italian food and exquisite Italian wines, beers and cocktails in Metro Detroit!
Everyone will experience Italy through the sounds of local and national performers at the Lucido Family Stage. Headlining performers are Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti (from America’s Got Talent), Aaron Caruso, and Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms with Stage Emcee Dino Valle. Also featuring live performances by: Mark Randisi, Pino Marelli, Tre Bella, Bellini Opera, The Sicilian Tenors, the Michigan Accordion Society, and many more!
Schedule of Events:
Friday: July 13
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm – Opening – Anthems – Coro Italiano- Aaron Caruso, Dino Valle- Parade of Clubs
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Tre Bella
8:15 – 9:00 pm – Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti
9:15 – 11:00 pm – Pino Marelli
Friday Night Fireworks
Saturday: July 14
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Anthems – Coro Italiano- Dino Valle- Aaron Caruso
2:15 pm – Frank J Palazzolo Memorial Judges Meatballs Eating Contest
2:30 – 4:00 pm – Italian American Teen Idol Singing Contest
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Ray Massa
5:15 – 6:15 pm – Bellini Opera- An Evening at The Opera. Eva Evola-Lisa Agazzi-Aaron Caruso- Dino Valle- Gina D’Alessio
6:30 – 7:15 pm – Jeff Cavataio
7:30 – 8:15 pm – Tre Bella
8:30 – 9:30 pm – The Sicilian Tenors- Aaron Caruso- Sam Vitale – Elio Scaccio
9:45 – 11:00 pm – Ray Massa
Sunday: July 15
11:30 am- 12:30 pm – Holy Mass Fr. Enzo Addari, Coro Italiano, Cantors: Aaron Caruso-Dino Valle-Eva Evola
12: 45 – 1:15pm – Opening – Anthems Coro Italiano- Dino Valle- Aaron Caruso
1:15 pm – Beautiful Baby Contest
2:15 pm – Cannoli Eating Contest
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Tomorrow’s Outstanding Young Italian American Performers
4:00 – 5:15 pm – Mark Randisi
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Aaron Caruso and Friends
7:30 – 8:45 pm – Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti
9:00 pm ‘Till Closing – Pino Marelli
Joe Recchia and Members of Michigan Accordion Society will stroll at the Festival Grounds all 3 days.
This fun event is sponsored by The Italian American Cultural Society, Andiamo Restaurant Group, the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan, Vintage Wine Company, MJC Companies, The Lucido Family and the Celani Family Vineyards sponsor Festa Italiana. Entertainment for the 2018 festival is made possible by Genesis Chevrolet, Genesis Cadillac of St. Clair Shores and Villa Bella luxury retirement community.
No need to purchase tickets, Festa Italiana is FREE to attend! Parking is $10 daily. For more information go to IACSonline.com or call The Italian American Cultural Society at (586) 228-3030.