We are all aware of the COVID-19 crisis in our country and the necessary precautions required to protect the health and safety of our families and friends. Due to State regulations restricting public and private gatherings, we have cancelled the Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa that was scheduled for this summer. Once we have weathered Read more about Notice[…]
Don’t miss out on showcasing your creations! Whether it’s food, crafts or unique items, we’ve got a place for you. Food Vendor Application here. il Mercato Application here.
Save the date! The 2020 Italian Heritage Festival of Iowa is in the works! Brought to you by the Vittoria Societa Italiana and the Italian-American Culture Center of Iowa, this year’s festival will be sure to please with some of the old favorites you’ve come to cherish, and many new exciting acts and activities. Updates Read more about 2020 Festival Plans Underway![…]
Grazie a tutti! We hope you enjoyed our 10th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa while learning something that your might not have known about our rich Italian culture. The three groups responsible for your experience at our festival – the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa, Society of Italian Americans, and Societa’ Vittoria Italiana – Read more about Grazie a Tutti!!![…]
Finalmente! At last, sunny summer days are here! It is time to take a walk, fare una passeggiata, go for a bike ride, fare un giro in bicicletta, and plant the garden, piantare il giardino. In addition to these long awaited summer activities, the game of bocce ball brings out the Italian in all of Read more about Roll Into Summer with Bocce Ball[…]
We hope you enjoyed our 9th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa while learning something that you might not have known about our rich Italian culture. The three groups responsible for your experience at our festival – the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa, Society of Italian Americans, and Societa’ Vittoria Italiana – worked as one Read more about Grazie a tutti![…]
Des Moines Register article here.
Il Mercato will be a busy place! Stop by to see all the unique offerings.
Thank you to our Sponsors who helped make this event possible!
Enjoy a Saturday morning painting a beautiful Tuscan scene with Bottles & Bottega. No experience necessary! Thirsty? Sip on some sangria or wine while painting (available for purchase). $45 participation fee. Sign up at Eventbrite or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you like to draw or have an artistic knack? Would you like a fun challenge? Join us for our first-ever Street Chalk Art Competition to be held Saturday, July 28 on the streets of the Festival! Let’s recreate an Italian tradition that goes back to the 16th century where artists created beautiful works of Read more about Artisti Del Gessetto[…]
Entertainment is booked ….some old favorites…..some soon to be new favorites. Something for everyone! Check out our line-up.
We’ve secured Western Gateway Park for 2018. Planning for a spectacular event has already started!
We’re writing out big checks again. So proud to support ChildServe!
We love filling out this BIG check!! Donations from our 2017 Festival surpassed $5,600 for the Food Bank of Iowa!! Thank you everyone for helping us support this fine organization.
Congratulations to our winners: 1st Place Chance Hulten 2nd Place Collette Brown 3rd Place Chad Riccelli
Participate in the Mass Honoring the Elderly by signing in the festival choir directed by Jim Cacciatore. Mass is celebrated Saturday July 29th at 4:00PM. Choir rehearsals will be held at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church on July 23, 25 & 27, from 7:00PM to 8:15PM. All are welcome!
Sausage & Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Very few bands can get together two or three times a year and sound as if they’ve been touring for ten; this band is one of them. Comprised of musicians who’ve played with The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Kim Carnes, Jimmy Buffett, etc… They play everything from The Read more about Look who’s back…………[…]
We are excited to welcome Blackjack Billy to the 2017 Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa! Everyone in Blackjack Billy is bonded together by music — specifically, the no-holds-barred, good-time, party-down rockin’ country that is endearing them to fans throughout and beyond the U.S. “We are you,” band member Noll explains. “We’re big-time country fans. “We’re Read more about Headliner Band Announced[…]
The 2017 Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa has chosen to give back to two outstanding organizations here in central Iowa: ChildServe and The Food Bank of Iowa. A portion of the profits will benefit ChildServe, while food and cash donations from festival visitors will be collected on behalf of The Food Bank of Iowa. Read more about 2017 Festival Proceeds To Benefit ChildServe and The Food Bank of Iowa[…]
Preparation is well underway for the seventh annual Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa! Every year our festival gets bigger and better. This year, will return to the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines on July 28th & 29th. With more space than ever before, we’ve added additional entertainment acts, expanded our cultural exhibits, enhanced our activity Read more about Welcome to the Seventh Annual Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa![…]
Please help us make the festival GREAT! Sign up to work the beer/ticket tents. Get a friend or two to sign up with you, or come meet some new friends!! The more the merrier!! Click here to volunteer
The contests for the 2017 Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa have been announced: Artistic Scholarships The contest is open to students of Italian descent who will be attending school in the fall at a college, university, art institute or trade school. There will be two categories: Drawings/Paintings (any form) and Photography, (black and white Read more about 2016 Festival Contests Announced[…]
Singers are being invited to take part in a mass Honoring the Elderly at this years 7th annual Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa. The liturgical celebration will take place at 4:00 PM Saturday July 29th on the Casey’s Stage in the Western Gateway Park area in downtown Des Moines. Bishop Richard Pates will officiate, assisted Read more about Sing in the Festival Choir![…]
The 2015 Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa was once again a huge success! Thank you to all who attended, those who volunteered, and the committee members who worked so hard to ensure the festival would show the positive contributions of the Italian people in our great state. Our festival would not be possible without the efforts of Read more about 2015 Festival Recap[…]