The 30th Anniversary Italianfest 2022 starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday on Newport’s Riverboat Row, featuring (as usual) several Italian specialties, live music, Newport’s Italian heritage story and more.
The summer festivals have everything, including a free bocce court, and everyone can attend for free.
This city-sponsored event is hosted by a group of dedicated volunteers who create a piece of Italy in Newport every year. It began in the fall of 1991, when Mayor Thomas Guidugli and Commissioner Jerry Peluso recognized the need for a family event that would celebrate the region’s rich cultural history and reflect Newport’s pride in their community.
It has grown from an event with only food vendors and 5,000 attendees to one of the busiest, family-oriented festivals in the region.
More than 120,000 visitors are expected to visit the exhibition.
Here’s what you need to know:
Thursday, June 9, from 17:00 to 23:00.
Friday, June 10, from 17:00 to 23:00.
Saturday, June 11, from 12:00 to 23:00.
Sunday, June 12, from 12:00 to 21:00.
New Entertainment Location for 2022: Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses are a rowdy New Orleans-style 10-brass band known for their high-energy performances that will raise the roof and lift Newport Italianfest on Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 pm
Music schedule Italianfest 2022
Thursday, June 9:
17:00-19:00 – Pete Wagner Band with Nancy James
19:00-20:00 – Opening ceremony
20:00-23:00 – Vinyl countdown
Friday, June 10:
18:00–19:00 — Pete Wagner Group
19:00–20:00 Moreno Fruzzetti
20:00–21:00 — Pete Wagner Group
21:00–23:00 Four C-Notes
Saturday, June 11:
Noon-14:00 – Piet Wagner Group
14:00–15:00 Moreno Fruzzetti
15:00–16:00 — Pete Wagner Group
16:00–17:00 Moreno Fruzzetti
17:30-20:30 – Joey said no
21:00–23:00 — Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses
Sunday, June 12:
Noon-13:00 – Piet Wagner Group
13:00–14:00 Moreno Fruzzetti
14–16:30 – Piet Wagner Band
18:00–21:00 Naked karate girls
Visit the Newport Italianfest website or the Newport Italianfest Kentucky Facebook page for more information.