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Festa Italiana Syracuse

September 17-19 2021

About

About Festa Italiana

Ciao, amici! Come join us in celebration of Syracuse's rich Italian heritage. Great food, music and events. Syracuse was named after Siracusa, Sicily two centuries ago.

Join us for our 23rd annual outing as we make our return to Downtown Syracuse after a pandemic break.

17th September 2021 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

18th September 2021 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

19th September 2021 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

12

Food booths

22

Musical acts

14

Activities

10,000

Visitors

ENTERTAINMENT
& ACTIVITIES

Buongiorno! Central New York's best bands will be providing continuous music and we will be offering activities for all ages all day, every day.

Just Joe

JUST JOE

Joe Altier has been singing and pounding piano keys since age 5! Embracing everything from Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding to Garth Brooks and Metallica, his musicality and repertoire is simply astounding!

  • 12 - 2 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Howie Bartolo

HOWIE BARTOLO

Keyboardist, flutist, and vocalist Howie Bartolo has opened for such national acts as Hall and Oates, Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, The Outlaws, Sly and the Family Stone, Cactus and King Crimson. Howie is an inductee to the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame.

  • 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Stroke band

STROKE

Veteran powerhouse band led by nine time Sammy Award winning vocalist and bassist Isreal Hagan, with drummer Buke Babikian, guitarist John Kelsey and keyboardist Bill Barry, play the R&B songs that keep the dance floor packed.

  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
Paolo & Felice

PAOLO & FELICE

Suonatores ambulanti (strolling players) Paul Saltarello and Felix Mucedola will be bringing music to Festa attendees, playing Italian classics on the mandolin and accordion.

  • 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Location: All over
The Strangers band

THE STRANGERS

"The Strangers" is a five-piece '60s Rock band with a wide variety of backgrounds in music. They are comfortable playing Rock, Swing, Country, Blues and Standards.

  • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Mere Mortals band

MERE MORTALS

The Mere Mortals have been entertaining Central New York since 2002 with a wide range of musical backgrounds and cover music from classic dance and pop to eclectic covers that give everyone something to enjoy.

  • 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
Dirt Road Ruckus

DIRT ROAD RUCKUS

Modern Country music with a side of Southern.

  • 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Prime Time Horns

PRIME TIME HORNS

A multiple award winner for Best Wedding Band in CNY, The Prime Time Horns brings over 23 years of experience. Prime Time's Song List spans many different years as well as styles of music. Whether it be light jazz during a cocktail hour , dancing your first ballad together or partying it up on the dance floor, Prime Time will deliver the music and energy to keep the party going.

  • 9 - 11 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
FRI

Charity One Handed Meatball Eating Contest
Friday 12:30 p.m.

In Front of Small Stage – Fayette Street
Rain location: Children’s Tent

See Contest Tab for Details

FRI

Bocce Challenge
Friday 5:00 p.m.

In Front of the State Office Building

TV Stations, Judges, Elected Officials
Special Olympic Bocce Team will challenge Bocce Referees

FRI

Onondaga Historical Association Presentation
Friday 5:30 p.m.

The Atrium at City Hall Commons

Robert Searing, Curator of History for OHA, will speak about Italian Immigration and its influence on our food, wine and culture

Just Joe

JUST JOE

Joe Altier has been singing and pounding piano keys since age 5! Embracing everything from Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding to Garth Brooks and Metallica, his musicality and repertoire is simply astounding!

  • 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Dunes and the Del-Tunes

DUNES & THE DEL-TUNES

Since 1975, Dunes & the Del-Tunes have been taking you back to the golden age of Rock & Roll, performing great renditions of music from the 50s, 60s and early 70s! Superb musicianship, pristine vocal harmonies and a high energy show is what makes this band one of the most in demand groups in the Northeast!

  • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
Paolo & Felice

PAOLO & FELICE

Suonatores ambulanti (strolling players) Paul Saltarello and Felix Mucedola will be bringing music to Festa attendees, playing Italian classics on the mandolin and accordion.

  • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: All over
Infinity

INFINITY

Covering the greatest hits from the 70's & 80's including Journey, Foreigner, Toto, Loverboy, Styx, Bon Jovi and many others!

  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Main stage
Bad Husbands Club

THE BAD HUSBANDS CLUB

Bad Husbands Club plays a variety of musical styles from the last 50 years. Besides their original material, they cover everyone from the Allman Brothers, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, the Stray Cats, Prince, Coldplay, Traffic, the Doors, the Black Crowes, Buddy Holly, Clapton, the Clash, Neil Young, the Stones, the Grateful Dead, Counting Crows, the Guess Who, the Cure, Warren Zevon, the Tragically Hip, the Band, U2, Santana, Traffic, Cream, Squeeze, BTO and even Johnny Cash.

  • 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Hard Promises band

HARD PROMISES

Hard Promises performs a high energy classic rock show for all of Central New York. Hard Promises started as a tribute to Tom Petty and continues to play special shows dedicated to the music of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

  • 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
Custom Taylor Band

CUSTOM TAYLOR BAND

The Custom Taylor Band is Central New York’s premier Top 40 country music band. They have opened for Nashville acts such as Big & Rich, Craig Morgan, Mark Chesnut, Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie and Tracey Lawrence, just to name a few.

  • 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Atlas band

ATLAS

Atlas is one of the strongest and most sought after party/dance bands in the North East. ATLAS has performed thousands of shows, including Corporate Events, Wedding Receptions, fundraisers, festivals and concerts. With their high energy performance, they have a passion for interacting with the audience and packing the dance floor.

  • 9 - 11 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
SAT

Bocce Tournament
Saturday 9 a.m.

In Front of the State Office Building

See CONTESTS below for Details

SAT

Italian Bingo
Saturday 12:30 p.m.

The Atrium-City Hall Commons

John Cerrone will call numbers in Italian and English

SAT

How to Make Limoncello
Italian Heritage & Traditions
Saturday 1:30 p.m.

The Atrium-City Hall Commons

Joey Nigro of WCNY “Ciao”, Gabe Convertino and Rocco

SAT

Pasta-making from scratch
Saturday 4 p.m.

The Atrium-City Hall Commons

Donna Pascarella shows how to make fresh pasta, sponsored by Vince's Gourmet Imports

SAT

Italian Bingo
Sunday 6 p.m.

The Atrium-City Hall Commons

John Cerrone will call numbers in Italian and English

SAT

Children's Tent
Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.

Jeff the Magic Man 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Clown Around Clowns
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Face Painter 2 - 5 p.m.

Mark Macri

MARK MACRI

With a voice you can feel at the forefront, Mark Macri delivers inspired versions of modern and classic rock, pop, funk, R&B, soul, and original songs. Mark’s songwriting draws from his own deep, personal experiences dealing with love, death, and various social issues. He is one of central New York’s most well-known and hardest working recording artists as well as a regularly featured talent at The House Of Blues Orlando and The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

  • 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Paolo & Felice

PAOLO & FELICE

Suonatores ambulanti (strolling players) Paul Saltarello and Felix Mucedola will be bringing music to Festa attendees, playing Italian classics on the mandolin and accordion.

  • 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Location: All over
Menage a Soul

MENAGE A SOUL

Menage A Soul, which translated means "Household of Soul" is a high energy dance band. Our music is an eclectic blend of Retro Soul & RnB, Disco, Rock Party Hits, a sprinkling of more modern dance hits, and more. The band members are influenced by a multi-generational span of music from jazz and the swing era to modern R&B dance hits.

  • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
Dangerous Type band

DANGEROUS TYPE

Playing classic rock.

  • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
Diana Jacobs band

DIANA JACOBS BAND

High-energy Classic R&B/Soul grooves and Retro-Soul originals. 2018 SAMMY award winner for Best R&B Recording. With danceable soul favorites for party events and funky blues and classic R&B for clubs.

  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Location: Main stage
Letizia band

LETIZIA AND THE Z BAND

Letizia and the Z Band plays a variety of music to entertain any audience, whether it be raucous fans at a club or concert, or a formal black tie wedding, or private function.

  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Location: Second stage
SUN

Open-Air Mass
Sunday 11:00 a.m.

Main stage

All faiths are welcome

SUN

Beginner Bocce lessons
Sunday 12 - 2 p.m.

State Office Building

Joey Nigro of WCNY “Ciao”, Gabe Convertino and Rocco

SUN

Children's Tent
Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.

Jeff the Magic Man 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Clown Around Clowns
1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Face Painter 2 - 4 p.m.

SUN

Italian Bingo
Sunday 1 - 2 p.m.

The Atrium-City Hall Commons

John Cerrone will call numbers in Italian and English

SUN

Memories of Italy
Sunday 2 p.m.

The Atrium-City Hall Commons

Retired WSTM anchor Laura Hand shares her memories of Italy

Vendors

Mangia! Some of our vendors and their featured dishes. Contact them to learn their full Festa selection. Buon appetito!

Asti

Asti

Calamari, chicken riggies
Biscotti Cafe

Biscotti Cafe

Italian pastries and baked goods
It's a Utica Thing

It's a Utica Thing!

Utica tomato pie
Twin Trees Pizza

Twin Trees Pizza

Festa pizza
Tony's Family Restaurant'

Tony's Family Restaurant

Italian sausage sub
Avicolli's

Avicolli's

Fried meatballs
Pascarella's Bakery'

Pascarella's Bakery

Baked goods
Brancato's Catering'

Brancato's Catering

Fried ravioli, Arancini Siciliani
more to come

Contests

Fun competitions and games. In bocca al lupo!

MEATBALL-EATING CONTEST

Friday 12:30 p.m.
Second stage
BENEFITS
CHARITY
  • To benefit charity
  • Contestants must eat meatballs one-handed
  • 60-second time limit
  • First prize will be donated to a charity of the winner's choice

BOCCE
TOURNAMENT

Saturday 9 a.m.
State Office Building lawn
TEAMS
COMPETING
  • Men's, women's & mixed teams
  • Entry fee: $80 per team
  • Signup time: Saturday, 8 a.m.
  • First prize: $240
    Second prize: $200
    Third prize: $140

ITALIAN
BINGO

Sat 12:30 p.m. & 6 p.m., Sun 1 p.m.
City Hall Commons Atrium
OPEN
TO ALL
  • Card price: TBA
  • Prizes: TBA
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Our Sponsors

Mille grazie to our valued sponsors
whose generous support makes Festa Italiana possible.

Southern Glazers
Ruffino Wines
Constellation Brands
Onondaga Beverage
Galbani
Solvay Bank
NBT Bank
City of Syracuse
Oliva Companies
Table Hopping
Gianelli Sausages
Genesis II
Vince's Gourmet Imports'
The Bonadio Group
Camping World
DeFrancisco & Falgiatano
Dominick Falcone Agency
Thomas Pirro Funeral Home
CR Fletcher Associates
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Westcott Florist
Westvale Plaza Management
Valet Park of America
John and Rockette Brunetti
James and Donna Dispenza

Get In Touch

  • Email address

    festa.italiana@aol.com

  • Location

    Montgomery and East Washington Streets
    Syracuse, New York