The Portland Italian Festa is an important part of the city's cultural life as it helps to preserve Italian culture. Hundreds of volunteers work to put together an important summer event for the city. There is no charge for admission to the event and it provides great entertainment for thousands of citizens and its visitors.
I love Italian Food and Entertainment. Portland is a great city to visit outdoor events such as the Festa Italiana. Fun to meet up with people and spend the evening enjoying a little wine and people watching. Free to get into and the prices for food and wine are reasonable. Viva la Festa
I have been with Festa Italiana Association, Inc since it's inception in 1992. I have served as boad member, publicity director,parlamentarian,and cureently coordinate the production of the Festa Brochure. The involvment is certainly rewarding as we strive to share the beauty of the Italian culturte with the local community.
Festa is a chance for a lot of people, Italians and "wanna bes" like me, to mingle and mangiano in downtown Portland. What I like about the annual Festa is the fun, and the scope ... everything from a Mass to kick the event off well and respectfully, to Opera students performing in the square (Pioneer Square, or Piazza Pioneer for the weekend) to food, fun and the pleasure of sharing Italian culture with anyone who happens by. The committee is very responsive to feedback; in 2010 it's restructuring the entire restaurant deal in response to concerns that Festa had lost a step on food quality. It's now adding a Green committee to improve that aspect of the public event .. something all groups NEED to do. I'm pleased to be on the host committee this year and look forward to seeing what will happen when we adopt "festa verde" (Green Festa) ideals ... how many plastic cups can we NOT add to the landfill! And still serve a bout 30,000 folks over several days of summer fun. Ciao and Grazie
The Festa is held in the Portland city square downtown and draws locals and visitors estimated at about 30-40 thousand over a 3-day period. Entertainment covers all ages from a puppet show to an Italian dance band. It is a fun event with never an altercation or fight. The mood is festive but family friendly. There is no charge for admission.
This is a great time to meet new people and then see them again year after year. Many are now considered friends. Its a quaint, fun event that the whole family can attend.