Festa Italiana Weekend started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day event that honors Italian culture and heritage by showcasing the finest cuisine from the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and catering companies, exciting entertainment from world renowned performers, a variety of premier wines and spirits, and a diverse assortment of activities for guests of all ages.

Saturday & Sunday: Two full days of Festa Italiana feature mouth-watering Italian food, main stage entertainment showcasing some of the world's greatest entertainers, singers and dancers, cooking demonstrations, a children's area, the Club Italia Party Tent, cultural and genealogy areas, and much more.



Thursday: Wines of Italy: The Official Opening Party to Festa Italiana Weekend that offers tastings of over 70 wines from Italy and Italian cuisine, antipasti and desserts. A silent auction offers an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and gift packages.

Saturday: Festa Italiana Events: Spend a day with your friends and family at a variety of Festa Italiana Weekend events such as the annual Bocce Ball Invitational, the Italian Idol singing competition, the Homemade Vino Competition, and much more.

Sunday: The culmination of Festa Italiana Weekend concludes with the main event, Festa Italiana. Over 35 of Tampa Bay’s top restaurants and catering companies will serve delicious dishes and tastings. The Main Stage will showcase some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. Festa Italiana kicks off with Sunday Mass Procession followed by food, entertainment, cooking competitions and classes, grape stomping, a children’s area, a Club Italia party tent and a cultural and genealogy area.



Festa Italiana is offering a $5,000.000 scholarship in honor of Nelson Italiano. Please click here for more details and to apply for this opportunity.



The Italian Club of Tampa (L’Unione Italiana) was founded in 1894 by a small visionary group who realized that by uniting together, the Italian Community of Tampa could overcome many of the social and economic challenges that confronted those “turn-of-the-century” immigrants from Italy.

The mission of The Italian Club of Tampa is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants.

As the oldest historical leader and the voice of the Italian community, The Italian Club of Tampa operates in an environment characterized by the highest ethical standards and provides open and honest communication with the members and the community.

The Italian Club of Tampa is a national historic landmark located at 1731 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.

For more information, please visit: www.italian-club.org