Celebrate Our Italian-American Heritage
The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest is an annual event in downtown Youngstown, hosted by the Italian Heritage Foundation of Youngstown, Inc. The primary goal of the registered non-profit heritage foundation is to improve the quality of life in the greater Youngstown area through charitable donations while honoring the memory and living heritage of the Italian community in the Mahoning Valley.
Every year, thanks to generous corporate sponsorship from Mahoning Valley businesses, the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, and the support of the city of Youngstown, the fest is able to attract more than 50,000 visitors annually to the three day event.
The fest is a family-oriented event that offers a taste of the Italian heritage through performances by international recording artists, delicious food offered by the area’s finest vendors and restaurants, Italian games and more.
The 2021 Italian Fest...
- Over 4 city blocks of entertainment
- Over 30 Italian restaurants and food vendors
- 2 continuous stages of entertainment nightly
- Musical performances along the midway daily
- Large tents for your comfort and enjoyment while watching and listening to our events
- Over 2 dozen retail vendors
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
- Awarding of Italian Fest Scholarships to YSU students
- Morra Tournament
- Venetian Auction Basket Tent
- Pasta Eating Contest
- Homemade Wine Contest
- Outdoor Sunday Mass with Procession
- 50/50 Raffle drawn nightly
Gates open: 1pm - 11pm
Wine and Beer Tent (Location: Champion St. and E. Federal)
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Pasta Eating Contest
5:00pm - 7:30pm: Butch Nichols Band
8:00pm - 11:00pm: Bustin’ Loose
Roma Stage (Location: W. Federal and Phelps St.)
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Nunzio Burelli and Melodies
6:30pm - 8:30pm: Del Sinchak
9:00pm - 11:00pm: Gli Italiani
$5 admission at the gate
Under 12 years old admitted free
No one under 18 admitted without a parent present
No pets or animals allowed on Fest grounds
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