Don’t have a trace of Italian in you? Fuhgetaboutit! Celebrate Italian heritage anyway at the 18th annual Italianfest. The Southeast Tourism Society pegs this festival at one of the top 20 to check out this month. This weekend will be crammed with history, live music and, of course, lots of delicious Italian food. Be sure to check out the Family Photo Booth, which will showcase the history of Italian families that settled in Newport generations ago. There will be nightly fireworks shows, an authentic cooking showdown, a pizza-eating contest and tons of games and rides for the kids. Harbor cruises will be offered Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Come early and stay late; last year’s fest welcomed more than 90,000 visitors! 5-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-11p.m. Saturday; Noon-9 p.m. Sunday at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport.
Go here to find nearby bars and restaurants.