June 8 5-11pm
June 9 5-11pm
June 10 12-11pm
June 11 12-9pm
WE ARE PET FRIENDLY
In the fall of 1991, Mayor Thomas Guidugli and Commissioner Jerry Peluso recognized a need in the community for a family-oriented event, which would celebrate the region’s rich cultural history and reflect the pride that Newport citizens have for their community. Their commitment to making that vision a reality evolved into the establishment of Newport’s Italianfest.
The City-sponsored event is produced by a core of dedicated volunteers who, every year, create a little bit of Italy here in Newport.
Italianfest has evolved from a rather modest event with only five food
vendors and 5,000 visitors into one of the region's liveliest and family-oriented festivals. Over 120,000 visitors are expected to attend.
This year it will again be held on Riverboat Row between the Taylor-Southgate and the Purple People Bridges (below Newport on the Levee/Aquarium).
You can enjoy many internationally recognized Italian and other local
musicians while taking in the sites along Newport’s riverfront. Many of the
area’s most popular Italian restaurants and vendors provide authentic
Italian cuisine and the children are entertained by rides, puppet shows, and
games. One of the most popular aspects of the event is the display of historic
photographs of the Italian families who settled in our community.
Authentic Italian Fare
Chicken Cacciatore w/Cavatappi Pasta
Italian Meatballs w/DiStasi's Famous Marinara and 1 Garlic Breadstick
Italian Pasta Salad
J&T's Italian ice
-Stuffed Shells w/3cheeses, meat, fresh-made sauce
-Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
-Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
-Italian Chili- made w/
Italian cut green beans, zucchini, meat
-Bruschetta- w/fresh toasted bread, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato, fresh basil
-Italian ribbon fries topped w/ marinara and parmesan cheese
-Cheese Sticks Fettuccine
-Alfredo Chicken or Shrimp
-"The Mobster"-- Mozzarella Meatball Pita Wrap
-Chicken Parmesan Hoagie- breaded chicken topped with marinara and provolone cheese on a fresh hoagie roll
-Meatball Hoagie- meatballs in marinara topped with cheese on a fresh hoagie bun -Sausage and peppers- Italian sausage sautéed with onions and peppers.
-Crawfish Mac and cheese- pieces of crawfish blended with macaroni in a creamy cheddar sauce
-Italian Jalapeño ravioli- breaded jalapeño ravioli covered in marinara topped with mozzarella
Build your own Pasta
-Choice of Spaghetti or Penne Pasta
-Choice of Marinara, or Alfredo
-Meatball, Sausage or Chicken
Italian Hoagie with chips
(Meatball or Chicken Parmigiana)
Sausage Pepper and Onion App
Homemade Ice Cream
Dairy Free Vanilla
Waffle Cone or Cake Cone
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
7:00pm-7:30pm: Opening Ceremony
7:30pm-8:00pm: Honored Italian-American Sons & Daughters Award
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
2023 line up coming soon
to Play All Day
Enjoy samplings of authentic Italian fare of many local hot spots
Join us as we celebrate our Italian heritage not just with food and drink but with history. Visit our photo tent to see a little about the great families that put so much effort into building this great community.