When Are the 2023 Grammy Awards?

The Grammys are returning for their 65th year in 2023. The Recording Academy announced Thursday (July 14) that the revered awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023.

The 2023 Grammys mark a return to L.A.’s Crypto.com Arena, formerly the Staples Center, for the first time since 2020. For the past two years, the show’s usual venue and air dates were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Grammys ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the 2022 show occurred in Las Vegas at MGM Grand Garden Arena. This year will mark the 20th year the awards have been held at Crypto.com Arena.

The product eligibility period will extend from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022, while the online entry period runs from Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, and first round voting runs from Thursday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022.

Nominees for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Host and performers have not yet been declared for the show, and details surrounding the events of Grammy week will be revealed in the coming months. Comedian and late night host Trevor Noah has served as host for the past two years. Other recent hosts include Alicia Keys and James Corden.

The 2023 Grammys also come with some other new changes: In June, the Academy announced five new award categories: Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical, Best Alternative Music Performance, Best Americana Performance, Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games And Other Interactive Media and Best Spoken Word Poetry Album. There will also be other special awards and procedural changes for the 2023 show.

Country music had a good showing at last year’s show, with Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne and Carrie Underwood taking home awards.

The 2023 Grammy Awards will air live on CBS, and they will be available live and on demand on Paramount+.

See Carrie Underwood On the Grammy Awards Red Carpet

Carrie Underwood wore Dolce and Gabbana and De Beers on the 2022 Grammy Awards red carpet. She was all smiles alongside husband Mike Fisher. Earlier, Underwood won her eighth career Grammy Award, in the Best Roots Gospel album category.

2022 Grammy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

Mickey Guyton and Chris Stapleton lead country music in the 2022 Grammy Awards nominees. You won’t find either of them on this list of snubs and surprises.

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SoFi Stadium and Rose Bowl are among venue finalists for 2026 World Cup matches

FIFA will choose host cities for the 2026 World Cup from among 23 candidates in the U.S., Mexico and Canada on Thursday, setting the stage for the largest, most challenging tournament in World Cup history.

Two stadiums in Southern California — SoFi Stadium in Inglewood and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena — are among the finalists. FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, is expected to select 16 venues, as many as a dozen in the U.S.

The World Cup field is expanding to a record 48 teams and 80 games in 2026, with 60 of those games expected to be played in the U.S. and 10 each in Canada and Mexico. Canada has proposed staging games in Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto while Mexico is offering Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium, which has already played host to two World Cup finals.

Seventeen stadiums in the U.S. are among the finalists. SoFi Stadium, the world’s most expensive stadium at more than $5 billion, staged last February’s Super Bowl and has long been a favorite of FIFA officials despite the fact the artificial turf field is too narrow to accommodate a World Cup pitch.

The Rose Bowl, which played host to eight games in the 1994 men’s World Cup, including the final, and four games in the 1999 women’s World Cup, including the final, is also on the list.

It’s likely Southern California will be the site of multiple games, including a quarterfinal or semifinal. But the time difference between both Europe and Asia works against the World Cup final again being played here.

Angel City’s Christen Press announced on social media that she has a torn ACL in her right knee and will miss the rest of the team’s inaugural NWSL season.

AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas): A favorite home away from home for the Mexican national team, the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium is the largest venue in the NFL with 93,000 seats. Opened in 2009, it has a retractable roof and an artificial surface.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta): One of three NFL-MLS venues, the 5-year-old stadium has retractable roof and an artificial surface and seats about 75,000.

M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore): Home of the Baltimore Ravens, the stadium opened in 1998, seats about 71,000 and has a grass surface.

Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati): The stadium opened in 2000 and has a seating capacity of about 67,000 with an artificial surface.

Empower Field at Mile High (Denver): The city’s mile-high altitude will figure in its selection or rejection. The venue opened in 2001 and has a capacity of about 77,000 with a grass surface.

MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.): The 12-year-old stadium, home to both the New York Jets and New York Giants, is the heavy favorite to land the World Cup final. It has a seating capacity of about 87,000 and has an artificial surface.

Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass): Suburban Foxborough played host to games at the 1994 World Cup, but Gillette Stadium is a different venue. Opened in 2002, it and has a seating capacity of about 70,000.

NRG Stadium (Houston): One of two Texas stadiums on the list, NRG opened in 2002 has a seating capacity of about 72,000 and an artificial surface. Its retractable roof and air conditioning will be important given the area’s summer heat and humidity.

Megan Rapinoe, who has not started for her NWSL club this season, is among the U.S. players who will be competing at the CONCACAF W Championship.

Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.): The second-oldest stadium on the list, Arrowhead opened in 1972 and has been renovated several times, most recently in 2010. The seating capacity is about 76,000 and it has a grass surface.

Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.): Miami appears to be a cinch to get at least one game. The venue, which has a seating capacity of about 67,000, a grass surface and a roof that covers spectators, opened in 1987 and has been renovated multiple times. It has hosted numerous international soccer exhibitions.

Nissan Stadium (Nashville): A longshot, Nashville has playing up its cultural significance as the home of country music. The stadium, opened in 1999, staged group matches during the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and has also been the venue for World Cup qualifiers. It has a capacity of about 70,000 and a grass surface.

Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.): If Miami gets a game, it’s unlikely Orlando would. The market has World Cup experience since the stadium, then known as the Citrus Bowl, held matches in the 1994 World Cup. The 65,000-seat stadium opened in 1936 but has undergone several face-lifts. It has an artificial surface.

Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia): When the facility opened in 2003, its first event was a soccer match between Manchester United and Barcelona. The stadium serves as the home venue for the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple University. The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final was played at the stadium, with Mexico beating Jamaica 3-1. The stadium seats nearly 70,000 spectators and has an artificial surface.

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Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.): Opened in 2014, the stadium has played host to a Super Bowl and several major soccer games. It has a capacity of about 71,000 and a grass surface.

Lumen Field (Seattle): Home to the NFL’s Seahawks, the OL Reign of NWSL and the Sounders of MLS, the stadium opened in 2002 and has a capacity of about 69,000.

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Glenties actress and writer awarded Donegal Film Bursary

Donegal Film Office at Donegal County Council has announced that actress, writer and director, Dorothy Duffy is the recipient of the second Donegal Film Bursary funded by Creative Ireland.

Based in Dunfanaghy, Dorothy has spent over 20 years on film sets starting out as an actress in The Magdalene Sisters which was directed by Peter Mullan and won best picture at The Venice Film Festival.

She worked with Mike Leigh on his film Vera Drake, Grief for The National Theatre and the 2018 historical epic ‘Peterloo’.

She has also worked extensively for The Met Film school in London. Most recently, she acted in the Northern Ireland Screen funded short film ‘Childer’, directed by Aislinn Clarke.

Growing up in the Gaeltacht of Edeninfagh near Glenties, Dorothy developed a deep love of the Irish language and she remains passionate about including it in her work.

She is currently working on several exciting projects including a Donegal based comedy series and her first feature film.

She said ‘Massive thank you to the Donegal Film Office for all their tireless work in promoting Donegal as an incredible location for productions. I am really looking forward to working with some amazing Donegal based artists on this new project and am especially delighted that Tara Hegarty of Fishwife Films is producing.

“My work is informed by the stories that are often left untold, in the quiet, profound moments of life when huge events can happen for us. I want to make films that hold a mirror to the world, the way I see it.

“I love films that are rooted in their community and especially in communities that are not often portrayed in mainstream media. I am interested in the ordinary, in truth, in humanity’.

Aideen Doherty of the Donegal Film Office commented “The film office was vey encouraged by the response to the bursary this year and values the contribution being made by those involved in the sector across the county.

“It is really encouraging to see quality applications being submitted from Donegal born writers, directors and producers.”

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Sam Raimi says he isn’t directing a Spider-Man 4 with Tom Holland | GamesRadar+

Sam Raimi has confirmed he won’t be directing a potential Spider-Man 4 movie with Tom Holland.

Holland has starred as the MCU’s Peter Parker in all three solo Spidey movies so far (more may or may not be on the way), while Raimi directed the Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire – and recently joined the MCU with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

“I love Spider-Man,” Raimi told The Los Angeles Times. “And I love Tom Holland in the role. [But] if I made a Spider-Man movie, it would probably have to be with Tobey or he’d break my neck.”

Maguire returned to his web-slinging role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and a fan campaign to make Spider-Man 4 with Raimi directing and Maguire starring was launched in the wake of the movie.

“If there was a great story there, I think it’d be… my love for the characters hasn’t diminished one iota,” Raimi said recently of making a fourth installment with Maguire. “It would be the same things that would stop me now that stopped me then: ‘Does Tobey want to do it? Is there an emotional arc for him? Is there a great conflict for this character? And is there a worthy villain that fits into the theme of the piece?’ There’s a lot of questions that would have to be answered. If those could be answered, then I’d love to.”

It remains to be seen if either Maguire or Raimi will be back again, then, but in the meantime, there’s plenty on the way from Marvel Phase 4 to tide us over.

You can catch up on the MCU on Disney Plus now.

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Ellen DeGeneres preps for last show: She’s ‘been crying’

During the two weeks in the run up to the finale of her long running talk show, Ellen DeGeneres was emotional, sources told Page Six.

“Ellen’s been crying…the whole few weeks leading up to the finale were very emotional,” a source told Page Six.

At the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, Calif., that she has called home for almost 20 years, DeGeneres, 64, filmed her final episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on April 28. The last show, which will air May 26, features an A-list lineup of guests, including Jennifer Aniston and Pink — both of whom appeared on the very first episode on September 8, 2003. Billie Eilish, Michelle Obama, Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron also turned up for the last few shows.

But while DeGeneres was sad to see the end of her 19-year run, she didn’t want to go out with a bang. There was no red carpet at her final show, as some who know her had wanted.

“She wanted to go out quietly,” a highly-placed TV source told Page Six: “It was friends and family of the cast and crew in the audience.”

“Ellen – 100 per cent – did it on her own terms. She went out the way she wanted to. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house on the last day,” said another source who knows DeGeneres. Indeed, “Friends” icon Aniston started crying as soon as she walked on set and embraced DeGeneres. 

DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi, 49, was on set for the final two weeks to support her, as were many of the comedian’s friends and her brother Vance DeGeneres.

DeGeneres famously came out as gay on her hit sitcom “Ellen” 25 years ago. Her talk show was similarly groundbreaking. After a scandal that nearly made her quit in 2020, a senior industry insider who knows DeGeneres observed: “People forget this was a culture-changing show. 

“When Ellen started the show, she was told by the studio ‘you can’t say ‘we’ when you talk about your girlfriend,’ that’s what she was dealing with at the beginning.

“No-one ever thought that the show would be aired, even to sell it in the beginning was so difficult. She always wanted to go to 19 seasons, she had people who relied on her for their livelihoods….she pushed through those last two years. But it was a great run.”

DeGeneres announced her exit last May. It came 10 months after a Buzzfeed News exposé detailed allegations of a toxic workplace on the Ellen set. Staffers alleged they were banned from speaking directly to DeGeneres, and the star was blasted for not taking responsibility for her workers’ well-being. “If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” said one former employee.

One former employee also told the site that they had experienced racism while working on the show, which has won over 60 Emmy Awards since it first aired in 2003.

Others accused executive producer Ed Glavin — whom former “Ellen DeGeneres Show” producer Hedda Muskat dubbed DeGeneres’ “barking dog” — of inappropriate touching, and leading with intimidation and fear. Executive producer Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were also accused of sexual harassment by former staff.

Leman denied “any kind of sexual impropriety,” and Norman said he was “100% categorically denying these allegations.” Glavin did not respond to the claims.

But Ellen did make reference to them.

On her Season 18 premiere a year after the allegations arose, she told viewers: “I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”

After an internal investigation by “Ellen DeGeneres Show” producers Warner Bros., Glavin Leman and Norman were dismissed. Ratings dropped substantially in the 2020-2021 season compared to the previous one, from 2.6 million to 1.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen. But this current farewell season has seen a boost thanks to its starry guests.

In an interview with “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie to confirm her exit, DeGeneres admitted that she had thought about quitting in 2020, adding that she “really did think about not coming back because it was devastating.”

“Did she want to quit when the [scandal] happened? Yes, she didn’t want to go back and film even in September 2020, but she knew she had to fully finish out the show. She loves her team and she loves the show,” said the TV insider.

Exiting after 19 years makes sense because “she likes ‘1’ — it signals the beginning and ‘9’ signals the end. She didn’t feel like she had to hit 20,” the insider added.

DeGeneres — who has hosted over 4,000 guests, played over 2,000 games, and given away almost half a billion dollars to viewers and people in need — celebrated the end of the show at a party in Hollywood with only crew and friends — and no celebs — invited.

The intimate vibe was typical Ellen, insiders say. “When you look back at all the things she’s done for people over the 19 years, it’s powerful.

“The most important thing for Ellen during the final few weeks and for everyone on the team was to show the family that that show is — and so the emotion came from the feeling of togetherness they had,” said another source who knows her.

Last month, DeGeneres celebrated her 25-year coming-out milestone on her talk show. She married to de Rossi in August 2008, when gay marriage was legalized in California. They live in Montecito, Calif., where the property addicts have flipped more than 15 homes. Most recently, in February, they splashed out on a $21 million Montecito house called Villa Tragara.

Talking about her sexuality, DeGeneres told viewers: “When I came out, people warned me that it was going to ruin my career, and they were right for a while. Actually, for exactly three years, I lost my career. But look at me now.

“It really goes to show you how important it is to be your authentic self, and how important it is to accept others as their authentic selves,” she continued. “So, it’s been 25 years since my coming-out episode, and the only time I’m in the closet now is when Portia and I play hide and seek.”

There were 270 staffers on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” when DeGeneres bid farewell on her last episode, and according to those on set, she paid tribute to them. And they also praised her. She has paid out millions in bonuses to staffers, as Page Six reported.

Kalen Allen, whose became a regular after his food reactions videos caught the attention of DeGeneres, tweeted: “Before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, I was a college student with five jobs, a desire to be great, and $100 to my name. This place turned my life upside down in three months. It was never just a job or a 15-minutes of fame for me.”

Next month, DeGeneres is going to Rwanda, where in February, she set up the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. The Ellen Fund’s initial goal was to help secure a future for wild mountain gorillas by building The Dian Fossey Fund a permanent home.

She’s taking 20 friends and colleagues along with her on an all-expenses, trip where she will visit the campus for the first time. Those who know her are quick to stress that she quietly gives away millions of her money to those in need.

Sources said DeGeneres has another standup show that she wants to film for Netflix — her 2018 special “Relatable” was a hit — and is a return to acting is seriously on the table. The “Ellen DeGeneres Show” show will also continue to live on digital, run by Ellen Digital Ventures, with games and all her social content.

In an Instagram post on April 29, DeGeneres wrote: “When we started this show in 2003, the iPhone didn’t exist. Social Media didn’t exist. Gay marriage wasn’t legal.

“We watched the world change, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. But whatever was happening, my goal was always for the show to be a place where we could all come together and laugh for an hour.”

DeGeneres went on to thank viewers for allowing her to enter their living rooms, iPhones, and social media feeds as the years progressed. She wrote that it was “the greatest privilege” of her life. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

On saying goodbye: The source who knows DeGeneres said, “It was tough…she’s sad to leave her team, but she’s ready to leave her show.

“Ellen’s in a great place…it’s been a hard journey, but she’s learned a lot. I would not bet against her.”

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Florida Folk Festival 2022 in White Springs, FL | Everfest

See Who’s Going to Florida Folk Festival 2022 in White Springs, FL! Established in 1953, the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs is a Memorial Day weekend staple that boasts the music, art, dance and stories that make Florida truly unique. The three-day event features over 300 storytelling performances, jam sessions, folk music workshops, various demonstration…

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2022 ISDA Italian Feast Day and Parade Guide

We’ll routinely add celebrations to the 2022 Italian American Feast Day and Parade Guide as they become available, so if you don’t see your event on the list, please email the pertinent details to info@orderisda.org!

Los Angeles Italian Festival

  • Where: Los Angeles, CA
  • When: Oct. 1-2
  • Description:
    • The Los Angeles Italian Festival is a day to taste, hear and experience the food, music, culture and diversity of our collective Italian heritage in Los Angeles.

Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival

  • Where: Monterey, CA
  • When: Sept. 9-11, 2022
  • Description:
    • Come and celebrate with us with wonderful Italian food and drink and amazing entertainment. Mark your calendars now to attend this year’s gathering for three days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun and friendship.

Festa Coloniale Italiana

  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • When: August 27
  • Description:
    • Festa Coloniale Italiana is the only authentic Italian street festival held in San Francisco. Come and enjoy continuous live music, authentic Italian cuisine, wine tasting, the Ricco Italian Dancers directed by Toni Bava, and an expert pizza toss by a 13x World Champion and restaurateur.
    • Browse through the Italianissimi-inspired products of the vendors while you sip a beverage, taste some delicious Italian food and stroll to the live music. Then, make your way up Stockton Street to the display of vintage Italian autos and scooters.

San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival & Parade

  • Where: San Francisco, CA
  • When: Oct. 9
  • Description:
    • San Francisco’s Italian-American Community celebrates its 153rd Italian Heritage Parade, featuring Italian and Italian-American dignitaries, music, performances, floats and representatives of Italian and Italian-American organizations and businesses.

Taste of Little Italy

  • Where: San Diego, CA
  • When: June 21-22
  • Description:
    • This year, the event will be held over two days, with two time slots, allowing plenty of room for attendees and minimizing congestion. As attendees meander through the 48-square-blocks of Little Italy they will sample mouthwatering bites from some of Little Italy’s finest culinary gems. Each evening different restaurants will be showcased. The Taste Passport will be provided to ticketholders as a guide, listing all participating restaurants, menu offerings and COVID-19 procedures.

Italian Family Festa

  • Where: San Jose, CA
  • When: August 20-21
  • Description:
    • The annual Italian Family Festa in History Park is the premier event of the Italian American Heritage Foundation. Live “la dolce vita” and share the day with friends and family, savor authentic Italian foods, soak in the live entertainment, experience the cultural village, and peruse the many wonderful arts and crafts. There’s something here for every age, including a kids-size, bambini bocce court!

Festa! Italian Festival

  • Where: Ansonia, CT
  • When: August 2022 (Dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Festa! 2022 is a celebration of Italian heritage. It features freshly prepared Italian food delicacies such as suffrito and gelato, live music, and more!

St. Sebastian Feast

  • Where: Middletown, CT
  • When: May 13-15
  • Description:
    • Award-winning recipes, a carnival, live music and auctions await!

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

  • Where: Wilmington, DE
  • When: June 12-19
  • Description:
    • The Festival offers a wide variety of delicious and authentic Italian food specialties.

Feast of Little Italy

  • Where: Jupiter, FL
  • When: November 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • The Feast of Little Italy is a 3-day cultural community celebration, culminating into a large Italian street Festival. Live entertainment, delicious food and beverages, shopping and nonstop fun await.

The Taste of Little Italy

  • Where: Port St. Lucie, FL
  • When: Feb, 17-19, 2023
  • Description:
    • Embark on a cultural journey filled with authentic Italian food, art and tradition! Enjoy the food just like Mamma used to make and shop ’til you drop.

Chicago’s Little Italy Festa – Taylor Street

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: Aug. 11-14
  • Description:
    • The number one Italian festival in the Chicago area returns! Tens of thousands of festivalgoers fill one of the most historic Chicago neighborhoods on Taylor Street to celebrate Italian culture with authentic cuisine and top-notch entertainment.

Columbus Day Parade

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: Oct. 10 (new details pending)
  • Description:
    • The parade of over 150 floats, bands and marching units travels down State Street, from Wacker Drive to VanBuren Street. Many prominent Italian Americans have been honorary parade Grand Marshals, including Ernest Borgnine and Tommy LaSorda.

Festa!Pasta!Vino! Italian Street Festival

  • Where: Chicago, IL
  • When: June 17-19
  • Description:
    • Welcome to the best Father’s Day party in Chicago.

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Italian Fest 

  • Where: Collinsville, IL
  • When: September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Since 1984, we have featured authentic Italian food, grape stomps, bocce tournaments, parades, entertainment on three stages, a 10k run, 4- and 1.6-mile walks, and a moonlight bicycle ride.

Herrin Festa Italiana

  • Where: Herrin, IL
  • When: May 21-30
  • Description:
    • Herrin Festa Italiana features fun, food, art and entertainment. Don’t miss out!

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Naperville, IL
  • When: July 30 – August 5-7

Italian Street Festival

  • Where: Indianapolis, IN
  • When: June 10-11
  • Description:
    • Indianapolis’s much-loved and well-attended church festival is back! Some people say we Italians have three loves in life: God, our families, and good food…and not always in that order!

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Schereville, IN
  • When: Aug. 5-7
  • Description:
    • Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare celebrates the music, culture, food and spirit of Italy with our community, family and friends.


  • Where: Newport, KY
  • When: July 9-12
  • Description:
    • The Newport Italianfest has been named a Top 20 Event for June by the Southeast Tourism Society and held along Newport’s Riverboat Row between the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate Bridges. The festival has authentic Italian food and live Italian music performed by entertainers from around the nation and from “the old country.”

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

  • Where: Independence, LA
  • When: March 11-13

Fisherman’s Feast

  • Where: Boston, MA
  • When: August 18-21

Saint Anthony’s Feast

  • Where: Boston, MA
  • When: Aug. 25-28
  • Description:
    • Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests, and religious services are held daily.
    • Visitors walk along the beautifully decorated streets to enjoy arancini, sausage, peppers & onions, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta, and of course: zeppole, cannoli and gelato.
    • The highlight of the Feast is the 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats. The Statue of the Saint returns to his chapel as confetti and streamers cascade from the rooftops.

Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian

  • Where: Cambridge, MA
  • When:  September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Large Italian Feast celebrating 95 years. There are amusement rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, parades, live entertainment throughout the weekend, a cannoli eating contest, Disney characters, and more!

Feast of St. Anthony

  • Where: Baltimore, MD
  • When: June 4-5
  • Description:
    • This 2-day outdoor event is one of two summer festivals in Baltimore’s Little Italy. The Feast of St. Anthony has been a tradition of St. Leo’s Church since 1904 that includes delicious Italian food such as calzone, broccoli rabe, fried dough and pasta; plus vino and Italian beer.
    • Booths are packed with game wheels, souvenirs, vendors and kids’ activities. Take part in the Roma Sausage eating contest, bocce tournament and a cannoli filling contest!

Feast of St. Gabriele

  • Where: Baltimore, MD
  • When: August 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • This celebration has been hosted by St. Leo’s Church since 1928. Just like the Feast of St. Anthony, you can expect the same delicious Italian food paired with spirits from various regions.
    • This feast also brings the same booths, games, activities, and events. Don’t forget to go to see the street procession and parade after the 9:30 a.m. mass on Sunday with the entire family!

Italian Fest

  • Where: Iron Mountain, MI
  • When: August 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Italian Fest is a family friendly celebration of Iron Mountain’s strong Italian heritage that includes authentic and delicious cuisine, fantastic live music, fun activities, and refreshing beverages.

Kansas City Festa Italiana 

  • Where: Kansas City, MO
  • When: June 3-5
  • Description:
    • One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals. Festa Italiana, the unique celebration of Italian traditions and Italian-American culture, will once again kick off the summer season at Zona Rosa! This longtime local ethnic festival draws visitors from across metropolitan Kansas City and beyond.
    • Enjoy an amazing assortment of Italian food favorites, great entertainment on the main stage all weekend, a 3v3 soccer tournament, an Italian Motorsports Show, and much more!

Annual Festa Italiana

  • Where: Raleigh, NC
  • When: Sept. 24
  • Description:
    • Join us for Festa Italiana, a street festival with food, entertainment and more! Celebrate Italian Heritage!

Santa Lucia Italian Festival

  • Where: Omaha, NE
  • When: July 21-24
  • Description:
    • Viva Santa Lucia at the annual festival! Held in Downtown Omaha at Lewis & Clark Landing, the festival is filled with lively entertainment, Italian food vendors, and of course, the procession with the festival’s centerpiece — the statue of St. Lucia.
    • The statue was designed in Italy in the 1920s and is kept in St. Frances Cabrini Church, where descendents of the festival’s early Italian immigrants have agreed to put her on display year round.

Epiphany’s Italian Feast

  • Where: Brick Township, NJ
  • When: Aug. 18-21
  • Description:
    • Why not be a part of Epiphany’s Italian Feast? Rides, Arcade, Food Court, Beer & Wine Garden, Entertainment, Vendors, and more!

St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival

  • Where: Glassboro, NJ
  • When: Sept. 10
  • Description:
    • Join us on Saturday, September 10 for the St. Anthony’s Italian Heritage Festival! Carnival games, live entertainment, cultural exhibits, a homemade wine competition, cannoli eating contest, beer garden, and, of course, amazing Italian food

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast

  • Where: Hammonton, NJ
  • When: July 11-16
  • Description
    • This is the longest running Italian Festival in the United States and a Hammonton, NJ tradition since 1875!
    • A weeklong festival of live entertainment, carnival rides, Italian marching bands, Italian songs, fireworks, a beer garden, the Carmine Pantalone Mt. Carmel Society Band, Italian Concerts, Italian Gardens and the Food Stand at the Mt. Carmel Hall.

St. Ann’s Italian Festival

  • Where: Hoboken, NJ
  • When: July 22-26
  • Description
    • The St. Ann’s Italian Festival is the premier celebration in the state with one of the highest percentages of Italian Americans in the country.
    • Taste the variety of food, sip in the beer garden, or buy a star in memory of a loved one to shine bright on the wall in the Café Under the Stars for the Be a Star fundraiser. Between the crafts and kiddie rides, children are sure to be entertained, too!

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San Gennaro Feast

  • Where: Las Vegas, NV
  • When: Sept. 22 – Oct. 2
  • Description:
    • The San Gennaro Feast is the biggest Italian food and music festival held in honor of Saint Gennaro, the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy.

The Eldorado Great Italian Festival

  • Where: Reno, NV
  • When:  Oct. 8-9
  • Description:
    • Held annually over Columbus Day weekend, the outdoor festival is a celebration of Italian culture and traditions. Downtown Reno transforms into Little Italy with free live entertainment, a sauce cooking contest and of course, pasta – lots of pasta. The fun-filled weekend also features craft vendors, lots of delicious food vendors, grape stomp and other activities.

Dancing of the Giglio and the Feast of St. Anthony – Bronx

  • Where: Bronx, NY
  • When: June 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Belmont is bringing Italian tradition back to the Bronx with the “Dancing of the Giglio” in conjunction with the Feast of St. Anthony. The ancient tradition of the giglio originated in Nola, Italy in 409 A.D. and is still celebrated today.

Festa di Santa Rosalia – 18th Avenue

  • Where: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY
  • When: August 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • The Feast of Santa Rosalia/18th Avenue Feast is named after the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. In Palermo, the feast has been held continuously since 1624. In Brooklyn, the Feast — which features two stages, music and irresistible Italian fare — has been running for the last four decades.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast

  • Where: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • When: July 6-17
  • Description:
    • Every summer, thousands of New Yorkers flock to Brooklyn and witness the lifting of the Giglio: a 4-ton, 72-foot statue that’s carried through the crowd by 150 men. The giglio — bearing the likeness of St. Paulinus — will be hoisted and lugged down North Eighth and Havemeyer Streets to North Tenth Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 10th. Apart from this herculean spectacle, attendees can expect the usual feast attractions, including live music, authentic and street side Italian fare, games, spiritual dedications and more.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Giglio Feast

  • Where: East Harlem, NY
  • When: August 7
  • Description:
    • The East Harlem Giglio Feast was founded in 1908 by immigrants from Brusciano near Naples. Today, the larger-than-life tradition takes place along New York’s Pleasant Avenue in East Harlem, which at one time was the largest Little Italy in the United States.
    • The giglio — an 80-foot, 6,000-pound wooden statue honoring St. Anthony — will be lifted by scores of participants on Sunday, August 7th. Feast-goers will also enjoy live music, entertainment, mass services and Italian street fare.

Feast of San Gennaro

  • Where: New York, NY
  • When:  Sept. 15-25
  • Description:
    • As New York City’s biggest, most famous, and longest running festival, it’s easy to see why this 11-day event is nicknamed the Feast of all Feasts. The Feast of San Gennaro will be held along Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan’s Little Italy neighborhood. Mulberry and the surrounding blocks served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants.
    • Expect this gala to live up to its nickname with scores of food vendors, live music, festivities and much more.

Feast of the Assumption

  • Where: Cleveland, OH
  • When: Thurs. Aug. 12-15
  • Description:
    • Cleveland’s Feast of the Assumption, held each year in mid-August in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, is a four-day street fair that celebrates the Assumption of Mary. The Feast is a widely popular Italian street party with rides, live music and a sacred procession.
    • Mayfield Road is closed off to traffic for the major event. In its place are authentic Italian food vendors, arts and crafts booths and live music stages, playing everything from rock ‘n’ roll to “It’s Amore.” The event draws more than 100,000 visitors each year.

ISDA Columbus Day Parades

  • Where: Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA
  • When: Oct. 10th
  • Description:
    • Thousands of people descend on Cleveland’s Little Italy corridor and Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood every year to celebrate and honor our history and heritage. Planning for the 2022 parades is underway, and each will include floats, live music, Italian American street fare and entertainment.

Columbus Italian Festival

  • Where: Columbus, OH
  • When: October 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • The Columbus Italian Festival is a great way to enjoy delicious food and live music on two stages. Held every October at Saint John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio, the three-day celebration features an open-air market, Italian dancing, kid’s area, Italian food from various restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a bocce ball tournament, and volumes of information about Italian traditions and culture.

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • When: July 15-17, 2022

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Greater Youngstown Italian Fest 

  • Where: Youngstown, OH
  • When: August 5-7
  • Description:
    • The Greater Youngstown Italian Fest is an annual event in downtown Youngstown, hosted by the Italian Heritage Foundation of Youngstown, Inc. The fest is a family-oriented event that offers a taste of the Italian heritage through performances by international recording artists, delicious food offered by the area’s finest vendors and restaurants, Italian games and more.

Festa Italia Portland

  • Where: Portland, OR
  • When: Aug. 21
  • Description
    • The annual celebration of Italian American Culture in Portland takes over the Pioneer Courthouse Square.
    • Authentic Italian food, wine and beer gardens, grape stomping, and nonstop entertainment brings the fun for all ages

Butler Italian Festival

  • Where: Butler, PA
  • When: Aug. 26-28
  • Description:
    • In August in Butler, it’s all Italian all the time! Expect lots of music and food, games and activities for the kids, and more food!

9th Street Italian Market Festival

  • Where: Philadelphia, PA
  • When: May 21-22

Pittsburgh Little Italy Days

  • Where: Pittsburgh, PA
  • When:  Aug. 18-21
  • Description:
    • Little Italy Days will return once again in August!

La Festa Italiana

  • Where: Scranton, PA
  • When: Sept. 2-6
  • Description:
    • One of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions is La Festa Italiana, the four-day celebration of culture, cuisine and music that brings together people of all ethnic backgrounds from near and far.
    • About 40 vendors set up along the North Washington Avenue side of the square, and an estimated crowd of 20,000 patronize the event.

Italian Heritage Day

  • Where: West Mifflin, PA (Kennywood)
  • When: TBD
  • Description
    • This longtime tradition nears 90 years of celebrating with all the hallmarks of Italian heritage: specialty vendors around the Lagoon, musical performances, the traditional Italian Day parade, and fireworks to cap off what’s truly a molto bene day at Kennywood!

Fall Festa Italiana

  • Where: Myrtle Beach, SC
  • When: October 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Authentic Italian food, drinks, and continuous entertainment. There will be an Italian themed gift shop, arts and crafts vendors, kid’s activities, and more!

Festa Italiana

  • Where: Houston, TX
  • When: TBD
  • Description:
    • Festa Italiana has a long tradition of its affiliate clubs and their members making all of the wonderful foods that Houstonians love — pizza, pasta, stuffed artichokes, sfingi, faccia de vecchia, Italian sausage, meatball sandwiches, cannoli and Italian cookies.

Festival Italiano

  • Where: Hurley, WI
  • When: September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Enjoy a day of food, family fun, vendors, bags tournament, music and more!

West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

  • Where: Clarksburg, WV
  • When: September 2022 (dates TBA)
  • Description:
    • Launched in 1979, the festival includes fantastic foods, entertainment across three stages, a special children’s area, grand parade, cultural events and Queen’s pageant.

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Walmart heirs are reportedly launching an arts and music festival this fall in the company’s birthplace of Bentonville, Arkansas

Jim WaltonJim Walton, son of Walmart cofounder Sam Walton.

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  • Heirs to the Walmart fortune plan to launch an arts and music festival this September, WSJ reports.
  • Known as FORMAT, the festival will welcome up to 17,000 guests, with tickets starting at $275.
  • It’ll take place in Walmart’s birthplace of Bentonville, Arkansas, on a 300-acre field surrounded by land belonging to the Waltons.

Names like Coachella and Bonnaroo are fixtures of the music and arts festivals scene. But one newcomer is about to enter the mix, with the help of none other than America’s richest family.

Members of the Walton family, heirs to the Walmart fortune, are helping to launch a new art and music festival later this year, The Wall Street Journal reports. The event is known as FORMAT, short for For Music + Art + Technology, and it will kick off during the weekend of September 23.

Its launch is being led by two grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton, Steuart and Tom Walton, and the latter’s wife, Olivia Walton. They’re working with creative firm Triadic and Lollapalooza concert promoter C3 Presents on the festival, according to the Journal.

FORMAT will take place on a 300-acre field surrounded by woods belonging to the Waltons in Walmart’s birthplace of Bentonville, Arkansas; there will be 400 camping sites on the festival’s grounds. The event will target an older demographic than the typical music and arts festival, welcoming up to 17,000 guests in their 30s and 40s, with tickets starting at $275, the Journal reports.

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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