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101 Things To Do In Memphis #68: Memphis Italian Festival

Join in on a celebration of all things Italian this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 1-3rd for a “can’t miss” Memphis tradition - The Memphis Italian Festival!

For 25+ years the Holy Rosary Parish has hosted what is considered to be the finest family oriented, community event in the entire Mid-South, according to Memphis Parent Magazine. Demonstrating the value of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition through music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School. Take a seat on the lawn, visit with friends, listen to outstanding musical entertainment, and enjoy the food, beverages and all around good time! 

There are numerous vendors serving everything from toasted ravioli to cannoli, along with classic festival fair from funnel cakes to Pronto Pups. Escape the heat and enjoy your dinner in air conditioned Luigi’s Café overlooking the park and enjoying the music or grab a picnic basket from Luigi’s Market and have your supper on the field. Looking for a more interactive dining experience? Join one of the many area restaurants conducting cooking demos or participate in one of the team cooking contests including the Spaghetti Gravy Contest!
Step right up and try your luck on any of our carnival games including Plinko, The Great Pig Race, Roller Bowler, Potty Toss, Balloon Pop, and so much more!  Mini carnival rides are also back and have multiplied!  Adults and children can ride Pirates Revenge, Tubs of Fun, Mechanical Bull, Mini Ferris Wheel, and many more!  Smaller children can also enjoy our inflatable bounce houses. This year Luigi Land will have face painting, balloon artists, and special guest appearances by characters including princesses, superheroes, and many more!  901 Rocks will also be present. Come paint and hide your own 901 Rock within the festival and find 901 Rocks too!  During the evenings, Luigi Land will be showing short movies on our outdoor movie theater. Whether you want to play games, ride rides, paint rocks, or watch a movie, Luigi Land is the place for you.

No festival would be complete without live music! Rock out the Italian way on two stages of nationally renowned and local musical artists performing blues, rock, and pop acts. Get the full line-up here.

Admission is $8 on Thursday, $10 on Friday, $10 on Saturday until 4pm and $15 Saturday evening. Buy discount tickets on line at www.memphisitalianfestival.com
 
Located at Marquette Park, on the corner of Mt. Moriah and Park Avenue. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st and at 11 a.m. on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd. Visit the website for more information. 

A little taste of Italy, right here in Memphis!

By and photo credit: memphisitalianfestival.com