• Jul 15 - 17 , 2016
  • Festa Italiana is FREE to attend. Parking is $10.

Festa Italiana

at Freedom Hill County Park

Jul 15 - 17 , 2016 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

The Italian American Cultural Society (IACS) is proud to present Festa Italiana at Freedom Hill County Park beginning Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17.

Festa Italiana is FREE to attend. Parking is $10. Festival hours are: Friday, July 15 from 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 16 from Noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mark Randisi - Sounds of Sinatra and Michigan native and Sicilian Tenor Aaron Caruso will appear as headlining acts on the Lucido Stage. In addition, there will be great music to enjoy by local and regional acts including Pino Marelli, The Simone Vitale Band, Ray Massa’s Italian Band, Dino Valle, and many more. 

One of the most consistently sought after musical variety shows, Ray Massa's Eurorhythms have dazzled audiences from coast to coast. They have been acclaimed for their ability to captivate the younger “Pop Culture” audiences while simultaneously thrilling established fans of Italian & Swing music. You can see them every night during Festa Italiana!

The three-day, old-world style fair includes authentic Italian food and other great dishes, free live entertainment, children’s activities, imported beer and wine. Other festival highlights include the Frank Palazzolo meatball contest, an Italian American Idol contest, a beautiful baby contest, a cannoli eating contest, Family Fun Zone and Holy Mass on Sunday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m.

Schedule of Events
Friday, July 15

6:00-6:30pm - Opening- Anthems - Parade of Clubs - Coro Italiano, Dino Valle
6:45-7:30pm - Michigan Accordion Society /  Cory Pesaturo & Joe Recchia
7:45-8:30pm - Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms
8:45-9:45pm - The Sicilian Tenors (Aaron Caruso - Sam Vitale - Elio Scaccio)
10:00-11:00pm - Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms

Saturday, July 16
12:00pm - Opening-Anthems- Coro Italiano, Dino Valle, Maria Cicchini/Italian Karaoke
1:30-2:30pm - Frank Palazzolo Meatball Contest
2:30-4:00pm - Italian American Idol Contest; Age Categories: Up to 8 years, 9-12 years, 13-17 years, 18 & over
4:00– 5:00pm - Simone Vitale, with Italian Singer Rosella Lo Duca
5:15-6:15pm - Soft Italian Background Music (wedding held next door)
6:30–7:30pm - Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms
8:00-9:00pm - Mark Randisi
9:15-11:00 pm - Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms

Sunday, July 17
11:30-12:30pm - Holy Mass/Fr. Enzo Addari, Coro Italiano with Dino Valle & Aaron Caruso, Cantors
12:45pm - Opening-Anthems- Coro Italiano - Dino Valle - Aaron Caruso - Maria Cicchini/Italian Karaoke
1:30pm - Beautiful Baby Contest
2:50pm - Cannoli Contest
3:00-4:00pm - Dino Valle Bellini Opera - From Torino, Sherrie Grieve; From Ontario, Amy Wallace, Lisa Agazzi, Eva Evola, Gina D’Alessio, Piano
4:15-5:15 pm - The Sicilian Tenors (Aaron Caruso-Sam Vitale-Elio Scaccio)
5:30-6:00pm - Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms
6:00-7:00pm - Pino Marelli
7:15-8:00pm - From Firenze, Mirella Maria Cavallini / San Remo Festival Pre-Finalist with Souvenir of Italy
8:00-10:00pm Ray Massa & The Euro Rhythms
Entertainment schedule subject to change

Presenting sponsors are Andiamo Restaurant Group, Carmela Foods, Colavita, Italian American Chamber of Commerce, Cento, MJC Companies and The ConCord Inn.

Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace, Fern Hill Golf Club, Shelby Foot & Ankle, Randazzo Fresh Market, C&G Newspapers, Genesis Cadillac, Giuseppe's International Oils & Vinegars, Summit Plastic Molding, Inc., Macomb NOW Magazine, Villa Bella, MJC Companies, Vince and Joe’s Gourmet Market, Bagnasco and Calcaterra Funeral Homes, Wujek-Calcaterra Funeral Homes, The Macomb Daily, Printwell Printing, Lucido Familiy and IL Fornaio Bakery.

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