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Sunday, June 9th, 2024

Get into the spirit of Italy at Festa Italiana! Sunday, June 9th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds. This grand event brings the community together with the finest food, activities and entertainment of the Italian culture.

Renowned Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito, presented by John and Maxine Ferraiolo, will once again dazzle the audience as headliner on the Morada Produce Main Stage! Nino, d'Italiano, local opera singer Bianca Orsi, and the Trucco Band! The Balliamo! Italian Dancers will headline in the Pavilion while you stroll and enjoy wine tasting. Local entertainment will welcome festival attendees on the Benevenuti Stage, including Stockton Garage Combo, Opera Singer Kerri Scott, Louis Lodi, and the Nicolini Brothers on accordions. The Bambini Zone will delight your little ones - enjoying Sparkles and Ravioli the clowns, Rhymosaurs, and the Bambini Dancers who will also teach Italian Dance lessons! Strolling through the venue will be the Funambulus Italian Stilt Walkers who delight attendees of all ages!

In addition to the awesome live music - Festa offers delicious Italian food from local Italian 'chefs', a Mercato Marketplace, cooking demonstrations, Italian art and history, bocce ball, salami toss, the automobili show, wine tasting, olive oil and local product tastings, and much more! The "Boss of the Sauce" contest is back, and the Pavilion will have an Italian history display.

Festa Italiana! is a family-friendly event for all ages! You’ll get to taste food from the most esteemed Italian restaurants and chefs in the area, participate in authentic Italian activities and games and enjoy live music.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Festa Ticket Locations: Gian's Deli - 2112 Pacific Avenue, Stockton; SASS! Public Relations - 628 Lincoln Center, Stockton; Lodi Grape Festival Ground - 413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi; Rinaldi's Market - 4625 Duncan Road, Linden; the Fruit Bowl - 8767 E. Waterloo Road, Stockton.  Please visit for further event information!

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