Forty years ago, two men, Noe (Whitey) Marinelli and Bob (Corky) Corirossi had an inspiration, a festival that would join the Italian community in Rockford for one weekend a year. One big family reunion!

The Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA) will be hosting the 44th annual Festa Italiana Fundraiser August 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2024. GRIAA is a non-profit organization staffed solely by volunteers, and promotes the Italian Culture through social events, works of charity, and educational activities throughout the community.

Festa Italiana is one of the largest festivals in Rockford and the surrounding areas. For one very special weekend each year, everyone who passes through our gates is an “Honorary Italian.”

Festa Italiana is a subcommittee of GRIAA (Greater Rockford Italian American Association) and the largest contributor to GRIAA’s scholarship fund. GRIAA’s scholarship fund helps our Italian/America students with tuition in our parochial schools. To date, GRIAA has awarded nearly $700,000 in scholarships!

As your executive committee, we would like to invite you to browse our website. Use the site menu to check out Amici Italiani Adult & Youth Dance Troupe, our Italian culture, event times, wonderful pictures and the many other programs GRIAA supports. All of us look forward to seeing you on the grounds of Boylan Catholic High School!