Italians were not only the first people to put tomatoes in cuisine but also the first to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today’s Groupon to the Italian Family Festa on Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, February 19, from noon to 5 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $9, you get two adult weekend passes (a $20 value).
- For $16, you get four adult weekend passes (a $40 value).<p>
Each adult admission also includes $2 off to-go orders of Italian fare from one of the festival’s food vendors, Brickyard Pizzeria. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission.
Italian Family Festa’s fully loaded schedule of events celebrates Italian culture with festive activities, snacks, and contests for kids and adults. On Saturday, guests can snap photos of Ferraris during the Italian-sports-car exhibit, shout encouraging words to players during the bocce tournament, and gaze at traditional madonnari sidewalk-chalk painting as fireworks erupt overhead to close out the evening. Sunday’s lineup begins with the Tomato Trot 5K run or walk, which canvasses the community in search of projectiles to throw at potty-mouthed marionettes, and concludes with raffle and silent-auction prizes. Throughout the weekend, cooking demos and musical acts deluge the senses, and children’s activities—such as grape stomps and pizza-dough-throwing contests—entertain tykes.
Tallahassee Italian Family Festa
At Tallahassee Italian Family Festa, held each year since 2010, Italian and Italian-American culture is celebrated in all of its forms. Bocce tournaments, a Madonnari sidewalk-chalk art competition, and a silent auction are just a few attractions, and spectators can fuel up with gelato, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beer and wine. Italian cars and motorcycles gleam in an exhibition, showing off their sleek surfaces and revving their motors with an Italian trill. There's also a children's area where kids can participate in face painting, a grape stomp, and other activities.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida State University's international travel programs and CIAO! Italian Club Tallahassee.
5100 Terrebone Dr.
Tallahassee, Florida 32311