Sticky: 2016 Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Award Banquet



The 2016 Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Award Banquet is Saturday, October 8th at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

Music will be provided by the Mike Alongi Trio!

6:00 pm Social Hour
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Awards Program

Cost is $40.00 per person.  R.S.V.P by 9/30/2016 (make checks payable to GRIAA).

Visit the Hall of Fame page for more information and reservation form.  You can also download the reservation form here!

Announcing Little Miss Italian American Pageant 2016!


Festa Italiana 2016 is proud to host its 2nd Annual Little Miss Italian American Pageant!

Press Release:

The pageant will take place on Saturday August 6th, 2016 on the Festival Grounds at the Gambino State (next to the Culture Tent).  The pageant will host two groups:  one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12.  Contestants will be judged on Speech, Stage Presence, and Prepared Questions. Look for more information on our website,

If your child is interested in participating, please download the applicable forms below and follow the instructions within.  Space is limited.  All entries must be postmarked by July 27th, 2016.  No late applications will be accepted.

Application Forms:

You may also download the forms on the Little Miss Italian American Pageant page.

Sketch and Sip

SketchIf you haven’t heard, you can join us for a Sketch and Sip Session!  The event takes place Sat. 8/1/2015  and Sun. 8/2/2015 4:00 p.m. in the Culture Tent!

Cost is $25 per person and Space is limited!  Includes one (1) Complimentary glass of wine!

Please visit the Sketch and Sip page for more information!

You can also directly download the reservation form and instructions here!

Facebook Friday 7/3/2015 – How excited are you for Festa Italiana 2015?


Buon Venerdì!!!  We’re one month away from Rockford’s Festa Italiana 2015!  We hope you are all excited as much as we for another amazing weekend of awesome food, fun, and entertainment!

How excited are you for Festa Italiana?  You can tell us!  Just leave a comment below, or you can join in on the conversation on the official GRIAA and Festa Italiana Facebook pages!  “Liking” our pages will also allow you to keep up with all the latest updates as we approach closer to Festa Italiana 2015!  Hope to see you on there!

Official GRIAA Facebook Page
Official Rockford Festa Italiana Facebook Page