October is Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month. The month-long celebration recognizes the many contributions and achievements of Italian-Americans in the U.S. According to National Today, "Over 26 million Americans of Italian descent currently reside in the U.S. — making up America's seventh largest ethnic group." New York Public Library's,...

This event is a cultural arts and community engagement project centered around a one-toothed puppet from ancient Italian folklore, who is on a mission to spread love and inspire unity one neighborhood (and cookie) at a time.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, La Befana, in partnership with NYC Relief, has been engaging the public in a legendary...

Although geography tends not to be the most scintillation of subjects, plenty of the folks attending the Washington Italian Heritage Festival on Saturday spent quite a bit of time looking at map. “This is the most popular thing, I think, of the whole festival,” Tina Calabro said before thinking twice and adding, “Besides the food.” The South Straba...

If you were to shrink Italy and all of its culture, food and music into a 74-acre campus, you would end up with the Italian Festival at Seattle Center. This celebration of all things Italy runs Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center. With multiple wine gardens, live music, cooking demonstrations, bocce (lawn bowling) and more, the Italian Festival h...

The ITTV Italian TV Festival will be back in L.A. October 30 through November 2! This year's slogan is “Let Italy Entertain You" and media partners include The Los Angeles Times and "Extra." The L.A. events follow the successful ITTV sessions in Venice, Italy. The festival will celebrate the boom in Italian shows airing in America including "Gomorr...

Venice won the Leone d’Oro. The 78th edition of the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica has been truly special: it managed to overcome the pandemic,  gathering into one embrace the world of international cinema to celebrate together on the laguna. It has also emphasized this is a golden moment for Italian cinema and its ability to stir emo...

In Italy, in the month of September there are a lot of traditions that get celebrated: one of the most famous is the Palio of Castelfranco. It takes place over three weekends to evoke and share with a bigger crowd the glorious past of the old people that used to live in the village of Castelfranco, in the province of Treviso, in Veneto. What does t...

It’s been 529 years since Christopher Columbus sailed the “ocean blue.” In all that time, this Columbus Day is probably the most important to the legacy of the embattled explorer. Monuments are in mothballs, school curricula are being “corrected” and holidays are being challenged across the country, and especially here in Chicago. That’s why this y...

Raise the trumpets and beat the drums. The 39th annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, which is sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizations, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 9. It will likely be on a smaller scale due to the lingering effects of the coronavirus and the difficulty securing participation by some schools and bands. This y...

Following an historic year, 2020, the Saint Rocco Society was able to again continue its undisturbed tradition of Mass and procession for Saint Rocco in Little Italy, NYC. The Saint Rocco Society of Potenza diligently worked to ensure that their faith and tradition could continue despite a torrential downpour throughout the entire procession. A glo...