Festa Italiana 2016 is proud to host its 2nd Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant!
The pageant will take place on Saturday August 6th, 2016 on the Festival Grounds at the Gambino State (next to the Culture Tent). The pageant will host two groups: one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12. Contestants will be judged on Speech, Stage Presence, and Prepared Questions. Look for more information on our website, GRIAA.org
If your child is interested in participating, please download the applicable forms below and follow the instructions within. Space is limited. All entries must be postmarked by July 27th, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.
You may also download the forms on the Little Miss Italian American Pageant page.
The Culture and Education Committee page has been updated with the latest family histories!
To submit your family history, check out the Culture an Education Committee page!
The Spring 2015 issue of Pappagallo is now available online!
You can view the current issue here.
Also, you can visit the Pappagallo page to view past issues!
The 2015 Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Award Banquet is this Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at Cliffbreakers Restaurant.
Social Hour begins at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm, followed by the Awards Program at 8:00pm. Music will be provided by the Mike Alongi Trio.
Hope to see you there!
2015 Festa Italiana Bocce Schedules have been posted!
Visit the Bocce page or click the following direct links for the starting brackets!
2015 Men’s Bracket
2015 Women’s Bracket
See you on the courts!
If you haven’t heard, you can join us for a Sketch and Sip Session! The event takes place Sat. 8/1/2015 and Sun. 8/2/2015 4:00 p.m. in the Culture Tent!
Cost is $25 per person and Space is limited! Includes one (1) Complimentary glass of wine!
Please visit the Sketch and Sip page for more information!
You can also directly download the reservation form and instructions here!
From all of us here at GRIAA, we wish you a Happy 4th of July weekend!
Always remember to stay safe when using fireworks!
Buon Venerdì!!! We’re one month away from Rockford’s Festa Italiana 2015! We hope you are all excited as much as we for another amazing weekend of awesome food, fun, and entertainment!
How excited are you for Festa Italiana? You can tell us! Just leave a comment below, or you can join in on the conversation on the official GRIAA and Festa Italiana Facebook pages! “Liking” our pages will also allow you to keep up with all the latest updates as we approach closer to Festa Italiana 2015! Hope to see you on there!
Official GRIAA Facebook Page
Official Rockford Festa Italiana Facebook Page
Festa Italiana 2015 is excited to announce the 1st Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant!
The pageant will take place on Saturday August 1st, 2015 on the Festival Grounds at the Gambino State (next to the Culture Tent). The pageant will host two groups: one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12. Contestants will be judged on Speech, Stage Presence, and Prepared Questions.
Winners will receive a crown and sash! Winners will also be invited to attend the Closing Ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. held on the Bufalo Stage on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.
If your child is interested in participating, please visit the Little Miss Italian American Pageant page under the Festa Italiana menu for more information and application forms! Hurry as space is limited and all entries must be postmarked by July 24th, 2015!
Festa Italiana 2015 Schedule
Friday, July 31st – 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, August 1st – 12pm to 11pm
Sunday, August 2nd – 12pm to 9pm
Call the Festa Hotline: 815-636-2902
Rockford’s original, authentic, 37th Annual Festa Italiana is almost here! Located at the Boylan High School Grounds, Festa Italiana is a celebration of tradition, food, entertainment, and scholarship. Festa proceeds go GRIAA’s mission of promoting the Italian culture in our community through events and education with the majority of these proceeds going to scholarships in the Rockford area.
Visit our Festa Directions page for location information.
We have an amazing entertainment line-up on *NEW* two stages! Be sure to visit our Entertainment Page to view the schedule information!
See our Little Miss Pageant and Sketch-and-Sip events!
Sunday Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 10:00am on the grounds.
Admission is $5.
Children 12 & Under are Free – Accompanied by an Adult.
Free Admission is Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 3:30pm.
Free Admission is also granted to all military active duty and veterans.
Carnival Ride Specials:
$15 with Purchase of Wristband at the South Ticket Booth
Saturday: Noon to 5:00pm
Sunday: Ride All Day
Hope to see you all there!