With our venue at the Western Gateway Park, we have plenty of space for children’s activities! In addition to an assortment of inflatables for the kids to romp in, there will also be a children’s craft tent where the kids can get creative. Face painting, balloon artists and puppet shows will also be on the itinerary.
You also won’t want to miss our annual pizza and pasta eating contests for the children! These begin at 2:00 pm on Saturday at the Graziano Heritage Stage.
Finally, for the sports-minded, there will be bocce ball tournaments for both younger and older children beginning Saturday morning at 10:45 am. Sign-ups begin at 10:00 am at the bocce courts.
Mass Honoring The Elderly
A mass honoring the elderly will be held on the Casey’s stage of the Viva L’Italia Festival on Saturday, July 29th at 4:00 pm. Italian priests and deacons of the Des Moines diocese, will be invited to concelebrate.
If you would like your loved one recognized at this year’s Mass Honoring the Elderly, please submit their name, and address, by July 2nd to:
IAHF Mass Honoring the Elderly
Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa
1961 Indianola Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50315
If interested in being a part of this year’s choir, please contact Jim Cacciatore at jimcacciatore @ ymail.com. You may also contact the Festival Cultural Events chairperson Patricia Civitate at 250-8804 or civitate9 @ q.com.