The Italian Cultural & Community Center will host the 41st Houston Italian Festival from Oct. 10-13 at the University of St. Thomas, located at 3800 Montrose Blvd.
The event, also called Festa Italiana, is an annual festival celebrating Italian culture and heritage in Houston. Recognized as a significant cultural event, it has numerous activities to offer its guests.
Admission is free for children under 12. It’s also free for adults on Oct. 10 and until 4 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets are $8 for adults, or $6 if purchased online in advance, for the remainder of the festival.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Experience Italy in the heart of Houston.” The event welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life to gather for a weekend connected by a love for Italian culture, cuisine and traditions.
This year’s festival features live music performances from DJ Italia, the Fab 5, Shades of Gray, the Tarantellas Italian Folk dance group and Vince King. It also will showcase film screenings, activities and cooking classes for children, wine and beer tastings, Italian language classes and a classic car show on Sunday, Oct. 13. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to compete in pasta-eating contests, grape stomps and a Bocce ball tournament as well as viewing submissions and winners of the I Madonnari Sidewalk Art Contest.
Proceeds from the Houston Italian Festival benefit local nonprofits, including the Italian Cultural and Community Center, which provides educational programs, scholarships and events throughout the year.
For more information, including a detailed schedule, visit www.houstonitalianfestival.com.
The Houston Italian Festival is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. A full list of sponsors can be found on its website.