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DFW Italians' inaugural Italian Heritage & Food Festival will feature a schedule of wine tastings, food from around Italy, interactive cultural experiences, music, activities for the kids, and more.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

12pm to 10pm

5220 N. O'Connor Blvd, Irving TX 75039
(Southeast corner of Las Colinas Blvd & North O'Connor Blvd)

Festival Schedule

Saturday, October 7

Further details located on Activities page

10:00 a.m.

Bocce Tournament Begins

Bocce Court

11:30 a.m. 

Procession of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and Invocation

We will begin the festival with a procession led by Alfonse Nazzaro of Mary Immaculate Church from The Mustangs at Williams Square through the streets ending at the Main Stage on the Festival Grounds

Williams Square to Main Stage

12:00 p.m.

Remarks with Emcee Ali Turiano of Fox4 and Festival Organizers

Main Stage

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Italian Lessons

Education Tent

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

University of Dallas Chorale

Enjoy the beautiful creations of Giuseppe Verdi, as well as Mozart's nocturnes with text by Pietro Metastasio

Main Stage

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Italian Fairy Tales

read by Raffaele Raineri

Education Tent

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Accordionist Mike Borelli

Main Stage

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Violinist Marek Eneti

of the Irving Symphony Orchestra

Main Stage

2:00 p.m.

EATALY Presentation

Education Tent

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Italian Lessons

Education Tent

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Shakespeare in Padova: Taming of the Shrew

Performed by University of Dallas Drama Department

Education Tent

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DJ Bobby

Main Stage

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Experience Italy Travel Tips

with Mary Scanlan at

Education Tent

5:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Giulia Millanta

Main Stage

7:00 p.m.

Vespa Raffle Winner Announcement

Main Stage

7:00 p.m. 

Dallas in Prizzi 

presented by Dr. Dave Atkinson

Education Tent

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Amanda Pascali

Main Stage

9:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

DJ Roberto "Sounds of Italy"

Main Stage

9:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closing Ceremony with DFW Italians

Main Stage

*Times and content may be subject to change. Please check website for updates.

Festival Sponsors

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Welcome to DFW Italians, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Italian clubs throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex! Our mission is to promote, celebrate, and preserve the rich heritage and culture of Italy. The culmination of these efforts will be to host the inaugural DFW Italian Heritage and Food Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2023.

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