The beloved festival — which honors the Tri-State's Italian heritage with live music, historical displays and tons and tons of food — takes place July 15-18 at Festival Park at Newport on the Levee.
The foodie fest, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, averages 100,000 visitors from the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond. And while it typically has been held in June, fest organizers pushed this year's dates to July to allow more time to accommodate for COVID-related changes.
"We are excited because Italianfest will be one of the first festivals held in the region this summer," says Tom Guidugli Sr. of Newport, the longtime Italianfest Chairman. "We look forward to returning to the family traditions and roots of Newport's Italian heritage, which is why we celebrate with the Italianfest."
This year, folks can expect a family photo booth featuring Newport's Italian history, a cooking contest and Italian musicians.
Restaurants including Pagano's, Pompilios, LaRosa's, Trotta's, Alfio's and more will provide the authentic eats, which range from arancini to alfredo and zeppole to cannoli. Organizers also promise "ice cold drinks."
The event is free to attend for guests of all ages. Hours are 5-11 p.m. July 15 and 16; noon-11 p.m. July 17; and noon-9 p.m. July 18.
For more information, including a live music lineup, visit italianfestnewport.com.
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