Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Italian-American Festivals : Bringing out the Italian in Us All : Updated for 2011

It's been months since April, when we celebrated Al Pacino's Birthday. Tony Bennett's birthday has passed, too. Robert DeNiro's birthday was August 17th. Understandably some of you may be craving a little spaghetti, a little tiramisu?

Are you slapping your forehead in disgust because there you sit, realizing that you forgot the cannoli?! Careful. The boss might frown if you spontaneously explode into a tarantella.

Hey, paisan! Here are some Italian Festivals and gatherings to soothe that raging passion inside. Misenti-Despres Designs has got you covered. :-)

* Dates updated for 2011 *

08/26-28 West Suburban Italian Festival, Chicago, IL [Beer/Wine, merchandise from Italy, children’s activities]

Cucina Bambini, Hands-on cooking school for children and adults in downtown Willow Glen, CA presents an Italian Dinner cooking class

08/25-27 Festa Italiana, Portland, OR [Pizza Toss, Strolling accordionists, The Carter Family Marionettes]

08/26-29 St. Anthony's Feast Boston, MA 

08/27-28 Italian Family Festival 2011, San Jose, CA [Chris Gardner as Dean Martin; a World Champ Pizza Acrobat]

09/13-19 San Gennaro Feast Las Vegas, NV Carnival rides

09/22-25 Feast of San Gennaro, LA, CA [Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla Nick D'Egidio & the Dry Martini Orchestra, Genealogy & Culture booth, Bada Bingo]

09/23-24 Festa Italiana Seattle, WA [Nick Stellino, Rossella Rago, World-Famous Grape Stomp, Wine Tasting, Italian and Italian-American arts and craft, Pizza Toss]

10/09  Italian Heritage Parade North Beach - San Francisco, CA, 2011 marks the 143rd Annual Celebration!  Nation's Oldest Italian Heritage Parade Takes to the Streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 9, 2011

10/14-16 Festa Italiana, Houston, TX [Grape stomp, pasta eating contest, Italian-American Idol contest]

Where's your town? Visit an Italian Festival. You'll feel a lot better. :) 

Italian Film Festivals and More

July 8-Aug 18, 2011: Visit the PFA Theater in Berkeley, CA for the film series,  Bernardo Bertolucci: In Search of Mystery. The theater is on the UC Berkeley campus.

The 2011 is the San Diego Italian Film Festival. A special Gala is on the final day.

* Cannot guarantee any of the event information listed as it came from various sources online.

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