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Houston Italian Festival

Houston Italian Festival

October 10 – 13, 2019

The sweet and savory aromas of pizza and Barolo wine fill the air while the melodic voices of Italian singers create a backdrop reminiscent of a Tuscan village during a festa. Instead, you’re at the Houston Italian Festival (or Festa Italiana), one of the most significant cultural events in a city known for its astounding diversity.  

Presented by the Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) and taking place on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas this four day event is held in mid-October celebrating Italian heritage and culture with food, wine, music, and a wide variety of activities for all ages.

The theme for the 2019 Houston Italian Festival is “Experience Italy in the heart of Houston.” The festival welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to gather for a weekend connected by a love for Italian culture, traditions, food and maybe a few glasses of wine.  The theme will be reflected in the promotional materials for the festival, and on the festival grounds.

There’s plenty to take in as well, since every day of the festival is jam-packed with an endless number of things to see and do. Sidewalk art, pasta eating, and grape stomping contests are just a small part of the fun. There is also a Bocce tournament, live music by Italian performers and bands from Houston plus activities and rides for children.

Much of the action takes place on the festival’s five stages. Italian music and dances can be seen at the Main Stage, while the Cultural Movie Theatre screens films, cooking shows, and documentaries will take place at the Culture Movie Theater. To brush up on your lingua Italiana, head to the Cultural Education Stage or the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston (ICCC) Booth, home to classes and hands-on crafts activities for the youngsters. For more information on the Houston Italian Festival’s special events, check out its website.

Proceeds from the Festa Italiana support the ICCC, the Italian language school, scholarships, and many cultural events presented for the public each year.

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Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston (ICCC)

The ICCC is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to advance, celebrate, and preserve Italian heritage and culture for all Houstonians to enjoy.  As Houston’s leading authority for all things Italian, the ICCC is proud to educate Houstonians about Italian culture, history and heritage. The ICCC offers events throughout the year including wine tastings, dinners, movies and lectures.  The ICCC also offers year-round language education and cultural enrichment classes. 

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