There are so many wonderful cultural experiences waiting for you to enjoy at this year’s “Ilio DiPaolo Italian Heritage” tent and our main Piazza!

This beautifully recreated Italian Piazza features Roman Columns, fountains, tables and chairs adorned with red, green and white umbrellas. Relax on our park benches while people watching or catching “La dolce Vita”, just like they do in Italy!

Take a photo by our authentic 100- year old Venetian gondola or in front of our giant Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Don’t forget the ever popular Sicilian puppet shows that the kids will sure to love along with face paintings. Every day at our “Centro Bambini” we will have crafts just for kids!

One of our most popular traditions is our “Grape Stomping” which takes palace four times daily. Another festival tradition is the St. Anthony’s statue for devotes which started back when the first Italian immigrants arrived in Buffalo.

Learn about your genealogy, hosted by our genealogist researchers or just sit back and enjoy our strolling musicians. Whether it’s cultural displays and presentations along with a pictorial stroll of our Italian festival through the years. It’s all here waiting for you!

Bring the entire family to Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront and discover the wonderful culture and heritage of the great Italian people.

Peter LoJacono



The following events all take place in our Ilio DiPaolo Italian Heritage Tent or also in our Main Piazza

  • Genealogy Research: Daily varying times as per availability of genealogists
  • Grape Stomps: Daily 1, 3, 5 & 7pm
  • Sicilian Puppet Show: Daily 2, 4, 6 & 8pm
  • St. James Italian Heritage Dancers: Thurs 8pm, Fri 8pm & Sun 1pm till early evening; featuring dancing in the Piazza
  • “Centro Bambini” – Children Center – Crafts for Kids: Every day
  • Face Painting: Every day
  • St. Anthony Statue Devotional
  • “Casa Rico” Radio Program: Live Broadcast w/ Lenny Rico Sat. 5 – 8pm
  • Strolling Musicians: Paolo & Felice on Mandolin and Accordion
  • Meet “Francesca Harvey” – Miss Italian Festival 2018


Word/Phrase Meaning
Ciao Hi/Bye
Buon Giorno Good Morning
Buon Pomeriggio Good Afternoon
Buona Sera Good Evening
Buona Notte Good Night
Arrivederci See You Later?
Come Stai? How Are You
Sto Bene I am Well
Mangia Eat
Word/Phrase Meaning
Bevi Drink
Delizioso Delicious
Parli Italiano Do You Speak Italian?
Si Yes
No No
Per Favore Please
Grazie Thank You
Prego You are Welcome
Scusa/Mi Scusa Excuse Me