Festa 2015!

Italian Workmen’s Club Presents:

Festa Italia 2015!

We’ll be presenting Festa Italia in Fitchburg once again for 2015! Look for future updates.

McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Friday-Sunday May 29-31, 2015


We are charging $2 per day for admission to Festa Italia!
(pets are not allowed).

We also encourage everyone to purchase a $10 (3 for $25) raffle ticket for our annual fundraising raffle where we are awarding the following prizes:

1st Prize: $1,500CASH
2n Prize: $1,000 CASH
3rd Prizes: 10 – $100 Cash prizes

You are not required to be present to win!


McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg
Friday-Sunday May 29-31

The Story and History

One of many legacies in the annals of the Italian Workmen’s Club will forever be the unforgettable Festa Italia. Grown and nourished from a healthy past of innocently planned picnics held at a variety of Madison locations, the celebration of our ethnicity grew into an undeniable weekend of pride today known as Madison ’s Premier Ethnic Festival.

The memories of longtime members and residents will quickly carry them back to Olin and Hoyt parks, to name just a few, but for me growing up in the 1940s, the place to be was at Brittingham Park in a blaze of verde, bianca, and russo, the green, white, and red of Italian flags furling where a park was accented with colored Indian blankets spread over the grass, and chairs were set up under the trees to encourage family and friends to gather throughout the day and into evening hours with picnic baskets packed with homemade food.



The Italian Workmen’s Club and Festa Italia welcome the support of businesses sponsoring this event!

Major Sponsors (from 2014)

AFI_Logo_RedBlue_JPEG  American Family Insurance

Fiat500Logo  Fiat of Madison

HoChunk  Ho-Chunk Gaming of Madison

sii-logo  Southern Italy Imports

Contributing Sponsors

Pellitteri Waste Systems

Woodman’s Food Markets

WISCO Investment Mgt.

Sub-Zero/Wolf Foundation


Participating Sponsors


Friends of Festa

Oak Bank

Culvers Foundation

Sergenian’s Floor Coverings

Meicher’s CPAs

Clear Channel Radio


Gray’s Tied House

Cerniglia Products

Isthmus Publishing

Glass Nickel Pizza

Midwest Family Radio

JBM Patrol

Frank Liquor


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please fill out the form under “Contact Us” and note that you are interested in becoming a Festa Italia Sponsor and we’ll send you a list of the sponsor categories and benefits.

2014 Festa Queen


Angela Masino

It’s time again to bestow the honor of serving our Italian community on a special young lady who will don the Festa Queen crown during Festa weekend as well as other club related events throughout the year. Congratulazione, Angela!

Schedule of Events (tbd for 2015 – below is our schedule for 2014):
We’re working hard to bring you new cultural and entertainment events for 2015!

Friday, May 30     4:30PM Festa Opens
5:00 – 8:00 Pasta Dinner (Available all weekend)
5:30-7:00 The Mustache
7:30-10:30 Booze Brothers – Milwaukee
11:00PM Festa Closes
Saturday, May 31 11:00AM Festa Opens
11:00 AM Bocce Tournament – Singles
12:00-12:30 Scholarship Presentations
12:10-12:40 Italian Bagpipes Demonstration in Culture Tent
12:30-1:00 Miss Festa & Introductions
12:45-1:30 Cooking Demonstration in Culture Tent
1:00-1:45 Pasta Eating Contest
1:45-2:30 IWC and IAWC Member Recognition
2:30-4:00 Gerri DiMaggio
4:00-5:00 Italian Folk Dancers
5:00-6:30 Mama Digdown’s Brass Band
7:00-11:00 Universal Sound
(Featuring songs by Italian-American artists)
11:00PM Festa Closes
Sunday, June 1 10:00AM Mass (Culture Tent)
11:00 Festa Opens
11:00 Bocce Tournament – Doubles
11:15-12:00 Cooking Demonstration in Culture Tent
11:30-12:15 Mary’s School of Dance
12:15-1:00 Italian Folk Dancers
12:30-4:00 Vintage Baseball Tournament
1:00-2:30 Vince Amore
2:30-3:30 Flags of Italy
3:00-3:30 Italian Bagpipes Demonstration in Culture Tent
3:30-6:00 Joe Scalissi
6:00 Raffle
7:00 Festa Closes

*Times Subject to Change