Newport's 28th-Annual Italianfest Returns This July

Holy cannoli, Italianfest is back!

May 12, 2021 at 10:22 am
Newport Italianfest - Photo: Patty Salas
Photo: Patty Salas
Newport Italianfest

After a long, festival-less year, events are slowly emerging on the horizon, ready to satiate our longing for great food, live music and plenty of booze. 

The City of Newport has announced the return of the beloved Italianfest, which will take place at the Festival Park between Taylor Southgate Bridge and the Purple People Bridge from July 15-18. 

The foodie fest, which typically takes place in June, was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but Italianfest organizers feel confident that shifting the date further back into the summer of this year will allow appropriate time to prepare and schedule vendors and performers.

“Due to the uncertainty concerning COVID protocols, the Italianfest was canceled for its traditional time in June. Subsequently, there has been loosening of restrictions which will allow us to move the event to a later time,” explains Newport city manager, Tom Fromme in a release.

“After examining various dates it appears that July 15th to July 18th will be the new dates," Fromme says. "This allows time to properly prepare for the event as well as assuring that the vendors and musicians are available.”  

The event typically averages 100,000 visitors from the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond, and features Italian eats, live performances and drinks. This year, folks can expect a family photo booth featuring Newport's Italian history, a cooking contest and a festival kick-off bocce ball tournament at Newport's Pompillio's Restaurant on Wednesday, July 14. 

"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."  

The event is free to attend for guests of all ages. Vendors and musicians will be announced as the event draws closer. Visit for more info.