The 21st annual Festa Italiana presented by Marathon will expand to two full days of Italian food, entertainment and activities. The two-day celebration will honor Italian culture and heritage by serving delicious Italian cuisine, showcasing exciting entertainment from world renowned performers, and offering a diverse assortment of activities for guests of all ages. Festa Italiana will take place in historic Ybor City’s Centennial Park on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10am to 10pm, and on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 11am to 6pm.

Festa Italiana will feature two-days of Main Stage entertainment, food vendors serving mouth-watering Italian dishes, cooking demonstrations in La Cucina Galbani® Cooking Pavilion, handcrafted Italian cocktails amid a party lounge atmosphere in Franklin Manor’s Club Italia Party Tent, a Grape Stomping Area, and a Children’s Area filled with numerous games, activities and attractions for younger guests. Italian-American crooner Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti (from season 11 of America’s Got Talent) will headline the Main Stage on Saturday.

Comedic legend & musical performer Joe Piscopo will headline on Sunday. Other Main Stage entertainers scheduled to perform on both days include singer-songwriter Angelo Venuto, “The Voice of Romance” Franco Corso, and jazz vocalist Vanessa Racci.

Saturday-only activities in Centennial Park will include the annual Bocce Invitational, and the Ybor’s Got Talent singing competition. The Homemade Vino Competition will take place at The Italian Club of Tampa. Ybor City’s weekly Saturday Market in Centennial Park will offer the finest in local produce, arts and crafts, prepared foods, and unique items.

Admission to Festa Italiana is available for advanced purchase online at Online admission is $10.00 and includes two-day admission. Admission at the gate will be $10.00 on Saturday, and $10.00 on Sunday. VIP Admission is available online for $75.00 and includes one-day access to the VIP/Sponsor tent and Main Stage reserved seating, a complimentary meal, and two drink tickets. Children under the age of 12 will receive free admission. Festa Italiana is open to guests of all ages. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Proceeds from Festa Italiana will benefit The Italian Club Building & Cultural Trust Fund.

Festa Italiana started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day celebration that benefits The Italian Club Restoration Fund. This year’s Festa Italiana is being presented by Marathon. For more information, please visit

The Italian Club Building & Cultural Trust Fund benefits the national historic landmark located at 1731 East 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City. 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. For more information, please visit