The Italian Festival features a variety of traditional Italian and contemporary music. Check out our 2023 Entertainment Schedule below:
|Venue/Date||Sun; 6/11||Mon; 6/12||Tues; 6/13||Wed; 6/14||Thurs; 6/15||Fri; 6/16||Sat; 6/17|
|Bellini Bar||Billy Logue||Billy Logue||Primavera Trio||Lorenzo Scotto||Steve Silicato||Steve Silicato||Singing DJ’s|
|Caffé Nona Strada/9th St||Crescendo||Crescendo||Slippery||FM Band||FM Band||The Business||Mardels|
|Caffé Antonian||Lorenzo Scotto||Lorenzo Scotto||Legacy Band||Primavera Trio||Billy Logue||Legacy Band||Big House Band|
RETURNING FOR 2023:
Entertainment on our Closing Sunday!
Bellini Bar: David Carson
Caffe Nona Strada/9th St.: Kelly Vale
Caffe Antonian: Michelle & Frank
Entertainment in the Ballad Room!
Join us Wed; 6/14-Fri; 6/16 for Bruce Anthony, and on Sat; 6/17, for Frank & Michelle
Blue Coats Return!
We are pleased to welcome back the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, on Thursday, 6/15. Look for them around 10th and Scott Sts. for games, fun times, and giveaways for the entire family!
Italian Cultural Activities
The Italian Festival’s marketplace of artisanal Italian decorative and home goods, as well as authentic Italian food is located in the La Piazza area adjacent to the church. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind offerings!
Cultural Activities Tent
A number of activities will be held at the Cultural Activities Tent adjacent to Il Mercato. These include:
- Home Winemakers Competition: The Home Winemakers Competition returns on Sunday, 6/11. Registration/bottle drop off from 1-2:3oPM, with competition beginning at 3PM, at the tent adjacent to the Il Mercato. Featuring categories for white wine, red wine, and cordials, all are welcome to participate. Access the competition entry form here
- Home Winemakers Competition Results (2023): The results of this year’s 11th Annual Homemade Wine Competition.
The winners are as follows:Category: White1st place: Angelina Ferrara (Family White-2023)/67 Points2nd place: Joe Pedicone (Peach Apricot-2021)/63 Points
3rd place: Vincent D’Angelo (Pinot Grigio-2022)/60 Points
Category: Red1st place: Massaria Circelli (Sarrat 33-2021)/61 points2nd place: Dale Weires (Chenin Blanc-2022)/60 points
3rd place: Joe Peddicone (Chateu DuRoi-2022)/53 points
Category: Cordial1st place: Charles Messina (Coconut Rum-2023)/60 points2nd place: Diane Stephens (Baileys-2023)/51 pointsCategory: Limoncello1st place: Angelina Ferraro (Limoncello-2023)/55 points2nd place: Christina Baczkowski (Christina’s Own Limoncello-2023)/49 points
11th Annual Homemade Wine Competition – The Robert Torres Award – Best of Show:Winner: Angelina Ferrara (1st place White/1st place Limoncello)
- Sister Cities Wilmington (SCW): On Wednesday, 6/14, and Thursday, 6/15, visit with representatives of SCW to learn more about Wilmington’s Italian Sister City Olevano Sul Tuscaiano
- Italian-American Radio & The Italian-American Herald: Learn more about the region’s Italian-American media outlets on Sunday, 6/18
Brandywine Center for Dance presents…..”Dance Tribute to our Favorite Italian Artists” ….Italian music moves the soul! Sunday, 6/18 @ 4:00 pm on the Caffe Antonian stage. We are pleased to welcome the Center back to join us again this year!
St. Anthony’s Feast Day Procession
On Sunday, 6/18, at 12:30PM. join us for traditional Mass honoring out patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua, as well as the Festa Patronale, the procession of the saints, at 2:00PM. The procession brings together families and Italian cultural societies with a devotion to particular saints from various regions of Italy. Be sure to experience this treasured traditional expression of the participants’ Catholic faith and cultural pride.
Procession Route (UPDATED FOR 2023)
Assemble statues/floats on N. Scott St. between W. 9th and W. 10th St./along W. 9th St. between N. Scott St. and N. DuPont St./up to church[left] North on N. DuPont St. to W. 11th St. [right] East on W. 11th St. to N. Clayton St. [right] South on N. Clayton St. to W. 8th St. [right] West on W. 8th St. to N. Scott St. [left] South on N. Scott St. to W. 5th St. [right] West on W. 5th St. to N. Lincoln St. [right] North on N. Lincoln St. to W. 8th St. [right] East on W. 8th S. to N. Scott St. [left] North on N. Scott St between W. 9th St. to W. 10th St to end
NOTE: Statues and floats will be displayed on N. Scott St. between W. 9th St. & W. 10th St; following the conclusion of the procession.
Italian Festival proceeds benefit:
St. Anthony of Padua Grade School
The Italian Festival is sponsored by:
St. Anthony of Padua Parish