​​Italian-American Festival

Stark County

June 21-23, 2018  -  Downtown Canton, Ohio

Pizza Eating Contest
Saturday, June 23rd - 2:00 PM
How many SLICES of Pizza can you eat in 5 Minutes? It’s a Challenge! We will be crowning the 1st Annual Canton Italian Festa  PIZZA EATING CHAMPION
It could be YOU! You’ll be on stage and your fans will cheer you on to victory.

Age Requirement: 18 & older 
Registration FEE - $5.00

You MUST REGISTER as a contestant by June 16th.

 To register phone: ANNA MARIE WILSON (330) 284-9158
Limited Spaces Available - Get YOUR name on the list ASAP

Viva il Vino

The Stark County Italian-American Foundation would like to announce the Viva il Vino - Wine Pairing. This event provides an amazing evening of wine tasting paired with a specific food sample. Every entry will receive a commemorative wine glass along with 6 wine tastings and 5 food pairing samples. There will also be an opportunity to purchase extra tastings. A wine pull will be executed on this evening.

Viva il Vino will be held at the center fountain location in Downtown Canton on Market St N and 2nd Day of event is Friday June 22nd from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Please bring ticket and drivers license. There will be a max number of tickets sold, so get yours early.

Price Online is $30.
Price at door if available is $40.

Click Here to Reserve your Tickets now!


​​2018 Newsletter

Click the image below to access the 2018 Newsletter (PDF) 

Italian Festival Raffle
Raffle Tickets will be available throughout the Festa Grounds

Tickets 6 For $5.00 ​

  • 1st Prize = $1,000
  • 2nd Prize = $500
  • 3rd Prize = $250


Tickets will be announced Saturday June 23 - 9:30 PM  (Winner Need Not Be Present) 


A new and exciting addition to our Festival this year will be the area that we call “THE KIDS ZONE”. The zone will be located on Market Ave at 4th Street.
The Zone will include:


Admission to our protected KIDS ZONE will be: ONLY $5.00 per kid for a Full Day Pass!

(Kids Zone available during Festa Hours only) 

2018 Entertainment Schedule
Please check our Entertainment page for the full lineup.

Ferrari Club of America Ohio Chapter Presents:
All Italian Car Show

Saturday, June 23, 2018, Noon – 3 PM

2019 Festival Dates

Thursday, June 13 

Friday, June 14  

Saturday, June 15

Exciting Bocce Tournament News!
The City of Canton has agreed to allow the Italian-American Festival to build two permanent Bocce Ball courts in the green space in Downtown Canton between 3rd and 4th Street NW! We are also very excited to announce that the Capuano and Desarro families, together with The Unique Club of Stark County, have agreed to organize and run the Papa Bears/Pizza Oven Bocce tournamentwith special thanks to Anthony DeSarro Construction for providing the time, labor, dedication, and expertise of constructing the bocce courts and a huge thank you to Dave and Steve DiPietro of Papa Bears/Pizza Oven for their generous sponsorship of the tournament!

Click here for more information and for registration info!

Join us at our monthly Open Meeting

All persons interested in getting involved in our festival are invited to attend our monthly "Open" meeting.  The meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the third Monday of each month at St. Michael Parish in one of the classrooms on the lower level.  On school holidays (or snow days), the meeting may be moved to another date.  Please check our Facebook page for meeting updates.

The Ferrari Club of America Ohio Chapter has been hosting the All Italian Car Show at the Stark County Italian American Festival for numerous years.  The Chapter is excited once again to showcase all Italian marques at the Festival on 4th Street NW, downtown Canton for 2018. 

Featured marques will be Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Pantera, etc.  All Italian cars are welcome.  Please contact David Bitonte, FCA OH Canton/Akron Rep at:  ferraricaneo@gmail.com  for further details.  There are limited parking spots.   Enjoy the Italian festival and the Italian cars!