Milwaukee’s venerable Festa Italiana will celebrate 40 years of family, fun and tradizione from July 21 to 23 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park.
Headlining this year’s event are the Gin Blossoms; Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, star of Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent”; and the BoDeans, featuring 2012 “The Voice” finalist Nicholas David; Other acts include Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, The Sicilian Tenors, Anna Calemme, Tre Principesse, Tony Spavone, The Russo Brothers, the Florentine Opera, Violin Femmes starring Bella Electric Strings, and Heart tribute band Dog ‘N’ Butterfly. The Flag Throwers of the Florentine will once again travel from Italy to perform.
Classic Italian fare, wine tastings and a cannoli-eating contest will return, and this year’s Cucina Showcase will feature celebrity chef Rossella Rago. Other highlights include Italian-style fireworks every evening, gondola and carnival rides, bocce, exhibits dedicated to the region of Liguria and vintage photos, and a replica of the Trevi Fountain. An 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday in the Marcus Amphitheater will be followed by a traditional procession of societies and patron saints.
Advance tickets are available for $10 through July 20. Tickets at the gate are $13. Children 12 and under attend for free. (www.festaitaliana.com)