Houston Italian Festival
is bringing the tastes of Italy to H-Town with fun, festivities and tons of food. To get the juice buds flowing, here’s a sneak preview: The organizers hand-made 15,000 meatballs. Joining the symphony of mouthwatering morsels are other delights, including chicken marsala, gelato, Italian wines and beer and, of course, spaghetti. Festival representative Margaret Bannon says, “This is an introduction to the Italian-American foods and the fun our culture enjoys. It’s a time to get together and have fun.” For an authentic Italian experience, partake in the grape stomp and the pasta-eating contest. No festival would be complete without a visit from an authentic opera singer: Soloist Aaron Caruso headlines the entertainment, alongside DJ Italia, folk dancers and more. 5 to 10 p.m. October 13, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. October 14 and 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 16. University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose. For in-formation, call 713-524-4222 or visit houstonitalianfestival.com
. Free to $25.
The Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) will host the 38th Houston Italian Festival from Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, 2016 on the grounds of the University of St. Thomas. An annual festival founded with the scope of celebrating Italian culture and heritage in the city of Houston and recognized as a significant cultural event in the city, Festa Italiana has numerous activities to offer its guests. From the Italian bowling game of bocce ball; Italian performers and bands from the Houston area and other cities; food booths from Italian restaurants in Houston, serving authentic and irresistible recipes they brought to this country or inherited from their Italian families; activities and rides for children; and traditional events such as the grape stomping contest, the pasta eating contest, the Italian Auto Show and more.
Proceeds from the Houston Italian Festival support the ICCC, the Italian language school, scholarships and many cultural events presented for the public each year.