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Gala Concert & Evening Classical Concerts (Concerti)

  2019 Gala Concert Sunday, June 9 @ 3PM St. Anthony of Padua Church   The 16th annual Italian Festival Gala Concert, presented by the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture, produced by St. Anthony of Padua Parish, will feature music by Italian composers performed by inspiring musicians and dancers. The concert will be […]

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Home Winemakers Competition

2019 Italian Festival Home Winemakers Competition Competition  The 9th annual competition will be held on the opening day of the 2019 Italian Festival, on Sunday, June 9th.  Categories for Red, White, Cordials will be offered (with prizes in each category). as well as the Rob Torres Best in Show Award.  Entries may be dropped off […]

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Festival Insert in the Delaware Valley Italian-American Herald

The 2015 edition will be available in late May. View or download a copy of the 2014 insert on the website.

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Cultural Activities & Shared Cultural Tent

Stop by the tent near Il Mercato & around our grounds for a variety of Italian cultural info.  Planned guests include:   Italian Dancers from Glassboro (NJ) High School: A talented group of student dancers will be joining us on Sunday, 6/10, at 6PM in front of the church, & on Monday, 6/11,  at 7PM […]

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2019 Festival Theme

In 2017, we will focus on the captivating charm of Sicily, Italy’s island paradise!

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Il Mercato

    Il Mercato, our very own marketplace featuring hand crafted items from Italy; an assortment of ceramics, beautiful biscotti jars, jewelry and Italian made floral scarves–brought to you this year in partnership with Simpatico-Italy’s Finest, of St. Michael’s MD.  This year experience the classical feel of Puglia, the sun-bleached “heel” of Italy’s “boot”.. Mori […]

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The Expanded Bellini Bar…adjacent to the Best of Italy Cafe by Chef Giuseppe Furio

A favorite returns! The Bellini Bar is back! With a renewed menu and a dedicated team of experienced craft cocktail creators, the Bellini Bar continues to be a “place to meet” at the Festival.  Be sure to also visit visit renowned chef Giuseppe Furio–next to the Bellni Bar–for a selection of hand-crafted gourmet Italian dishes, created […]

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The Festival Welcomes Back Luigi & Giovanni Caterers To the “NEW” Scott Street!

The Italian Festival is pleased to welcome back renowned Italian food products purveyor Luigi & Giovanni’ Caterers & Specialty foods of Newtown Square, PA.  Their greatly expanded Italian food court is an anchor for our reimagined Scott St. vendor area, which is now a closed street featuing tented seating and a new, dedicated bar for […]

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Gala Concert

The 16th annual Gala Concert, presented by the Delaware Commission on Italian Heritage and Culture in collaboration with Concert Community Partner Wilmington University will feature a wide selection of celebrated artists, talented musicians, and stirring works. The concert will start at 3:00PM on Sunday, June 10th, in St. Anthony of Padua Church, featuring: Italian Festival Orchestra […]

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Church Tours

2019 Tour Schedule **NEW THIS YEAR** Saint Anthony of Padua Church is a National and Delaware Historic Landmark. It was built in the Romanesque style inspired by the Church of San Zeno Maggiore in Verona, Italy. Many of the architectural elements are representative of the Italian Renaissance including Brass Doors reminiscent of Filippo Brunelleschi’s Gates […]

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CHURCH LIGHTING ATTRACTION: St. Anthony’s Lights Up The Night!

(NOTE: Concept image only) In partnership with LightAction, the iconic St. Anthony of Padua Church building–a Delaware and national historic landmark–will again be lit in brilliant, high-definition lighting.  The entire church building will light up the night sky & will be the newest “jewel” in Wilmington’s skyline for the week of the Festival.  In addition, look […]

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St. Anthony’s Religious Goods Store

Be sure to visit our Religious Goods store, in a special location just in front of church. The store features a full selection of devotional items for all ages. Pick up an item for yourself or a special gift for a friend or family member. All proceeds benefit the missions work of the Oblates of […]

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St. Anthony’s Feast Day Mass and the Festa Patronale Procession

                            A cherished Festival tradition: the Mass in Italian and the Festa Patronale procession of many revered saints–and featuring the patron saint of the parish, St. Anthony of Padua–will be held on the closing Sunday of the Festival, 6/16.  Following the conclusion of […]

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Mosaic Workshop

        In celebration of the splendid mosaic mural which adorns the ceiling over  St. Anthonys altar, a Mosaic Workshop will be offered on Saturday June 15th from 4-6PM in the tent adjacent to Il Mercato. Stop by to create a tile, coaster, or garden stone from patterns inspired by the altarpiece (or […]

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2019 Advertising Opportunities Available

Looking for a reasonably priced opportunity to promote your business to a huge audience?

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2019 Dates & Times [subject to change]

Sunday, 6/9: 3-10:30PM
Monday-Friday, 6/10-6/14: 6-10:30PM
Saturday, 6/15: 4-10:30PM
Sunday, 6/16: 2-8:30PM

Admission Info

Admission Pricing:
Ages 14-61: $5/day
Under age 14: FREE (when accompanied by parent/guardian 18 or older)
Over age 61: FREE

8-Day Passes: Available for $12 pre-Festival (at parish office through Friday; 6/8) & for $15 on-site

Visa/MasterCard/Discover/Festival Gift Card accepted

Midway Ride Pricing

2018 Midway Ride Pricing

Advance Ride Tickets
25 tickets for $20

On-Site Pricing
2 tickets for $3
24 tickets for $25
54 tickets for $50

Cash/Visa/MC/Discover/Festival Gift Card accepted

Pet Policy

Only certified & identified assistance or guide animals are permitted on the Festival grounds.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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