For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is returning to Clarksburg. On Wednesday, the Harrison County Commission granted festival organizers $3,000 in funding. County Commissioner David Hinkle says the festival is not only a staple for Clarksburg but for West Virginia and beyond. “It’s a very impo...

This month, Bensonhurst will once again host one of Brooklyn’s most storied traditions. The annual Feast of Santa Rosalia begins Thursday, Aug. 18 on 18th Avenue – aka Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard – from 68th to 75th streets. It will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 28. As usual, the 10-day event, sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizatio...

Film director Joe Russo is returning home this weekend to pour drinks during the Feast of the Assumption celebration in Cleveland’s Litty Italy. Russo, who along with his brother Anthony, is one half of the most commercially successful directing duo in movie history, will serve as a guest celebrity bartender at TOLI on Saturday. You can find him on...

The 55th annual Holy Rosary Italian Festival is underway. The event is also taking place on Friday and Saturday. Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into this event. There is homemade food, live music, and even rides for the kids! This event is bringing people together. “I think for us it’s just a wonderful time for us where families have come t...

We spent last week filming in one of the most overlooked (and criminally underappreciated) corners of Italian America… deep in the Ozarks in a little Italian village called Tontitown, Arkansas! In this week’s episode of The Italian American Podcast, we’re sitting down with two of the new paesani we met during our travels, Heather Ranalli Peachee an...

The Ocean Township Italian Festival happens this weekend! This year marks the 46th anniversary of the fest. It’s also the 46th anniversary of the The Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean (IAATO) as an organization that is dedicated to children, families and the fostering of the Italian-American heritage and culture. The Italian Ame...

Bradford’s annual Festa Italiana is returning from a two-year hiatus. The festivities will include Italian food, live entertainment and fireworks. Mary Ann Colestro is the president of Festa Italiana. She said the event originated from smaller Saint Rocco’s Day celebrations in Bradford’s tight-knit Italian community. The LaStella Lodge and Auxiliar...

The 2nd Annual Bella Notte Italiana / Italian Festival will be in Orange Square Park in Port Jervis on August 20. The entertainment lineup will include the return of Sal Valentinetti, Golden Buzzer winner from America’s Got Talent. Also performing will be award winning singer and PBS television host Cristina Fontanelli and the Uncle Louie Variety S...

The annual Little Italy Days festival will soon be back in Bloomfield. Liberty Avenue from Ella to Gross Streets will transform into the city's largest heritage festival from Aug. 18-21. "Little Italy Days is coming back for the 20th year, and it's going to be a fantastic day of entertainment and Italian pride," said recent KDKA retiree Paul Martin...

Judging by the notes and messages that we receive around here, it’s clear that some Dig readers are new to the city and looking for unique activities to keep themselves occupied. That’s not only totally cool but also the way it’s always been; Boston, after all, is a metropolis built on the sweat and love of transients. Always will be.  What’s impor...