It’s almost that time again – time to fill your belly with perhaps the best meatball around.
Lisa Meister and Kay Feeney-Caito, Italian Street Festival, share the details for this year’s family-favorite event!
Indianapolis Italian Street Festival
June 14 & 15, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5 – 11 p.m.
Holy Rosary Catholic Church is pleased to announce the ethnic event of the summer, Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the historic Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street and surrounding Lacy Park.
During the event, the area will transform into an outdoor Italian festival and celebration. The annual summer event is free and a treat for the senses.
New to the festival is an exceptional, music line-up, including four of Indianapolis’s most popular acts. Local favorite and headliner, the Woomblies, will entertain Festival crowds Saturday evening. Friday’s line-up includes the Indigos and the Carmel and Fishers School of Rock house bands and begins at 5:00 p.m. Fans of Caruso and Frank Sinatra will also be entertained as classic Italian music favorites are played over the Festival public address system.
The Italian Street Festival features over 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads and desserts. There is dancing, carnival rides and games for everyone. Twenty-five food stands in a festive, ethnic setting are decorated with strands of lights, Italian music. An old-world style procession and Saturday evening Mass add to the ambiance. There is free parking in the Eli Lilly lots on East and New Jersey Streets.
On Friday and Saturday afternoon of the festival, the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana will host Bocce demonstrations. All are welcome to play bocce at the courts in Lacy Park, or learn how to play the historic Italian game. The Lacy Park Bocce Courts are located at McCarty and Greer Street at the south end of the Church. Those interested in signing up a team of four to play in the IHSI League should register at www.italianheritage.org.
Additionally, there is a 7:00pm mass on Saturday, June 15th at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Before Mass at 6:45 p.m., a colorful, Italian religious procession, with a Blessed Virgin statue, along with priests, servers and members of the Knights of Columbus and the Italian Heritage Society will move through the middle of the food booths. The Italian Street Festival organizers, Holy Rosary Catholic Church along with the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Italian American community endeavor to create a fun, family-friendly environment where one can experience Italian American culture by providing the best in Italian cuisine, entertainment, Italian goods and service. Proceeds from the annual Festival support the Church Operation Fund.