Watkins Glen Italian Festival

Bring your family and celebrate with us at the 38th Annual Schuyler Co Italian American Festival! To be held on August 11-13, 3017. Don't miss out!

In order to assure a safe, enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere with the focus on family fun, outside alcohol is prohibited on the festival midway and the amusement area. Our staff provides a large, comfortable and inviting "beer & wine garden" where alcoholic beverages can be purchased and consumed. The beer garden is a great place to meet with friends or make new ones and it includes a tent with seating for those who want to relax in the shade or enjoy a beverage with a meal from one of the many food concessions.

Daily highlights include a live band to be announced soon on Friday. On Saturday the bocce tournament begins at 10 a.m., One of the biggest parades in the region starts at noon, a Roman Catholic Mass will be held in the pavilion, followed by a pasta eating contest which is open to the public. The festival feature performance will be MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - "The Classic Rock Experience" who will rock the sound stage beginning at 8 PM in the evening. Festival visitors can come to enjoy this well known national touring band with FREE ADMISSION and NO COVER CHARGE. The band will take a break while the festival presents the best fireworks display in the area with our famous ground-shaking finale at 10:15 PM. When the firworks concludes the band will continue their performance until 11:30 PM. Sunday will feature amazing skateboard and roller blade stunts at the on-site skate park; a motorcycle show with prizes awarded for several categories, and music all day at the beer and wine garden. Other special events will be added to the agenda as planning continues.

Except for the amusements, all of the entertainment is free. There is no admission fee to the festival and parking on Clute Park grounds is only $5 per vehicle, with no time limit, so you can park all day and enjoy all the festival has to offer. There are plenty of handicapped parking spaces available.

Photos from the 2017 parade!!! Thanks to all who participated and especially to Jim Howell for his magnificent emcee skills!!!

Our Pasta eating contest was a crowd pleaser this year. Thank you to our sponsor Fidelis and to Curly's Family Restaurant for providing the pasta!! Our youth winner was Braydon Sincock.

[08/14/17] For the past few weeks we had sent out pleas for volunteers for the Italian Festival and we just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped us out!!! We had a wonderful weekend and we couldn't have done it without all of our amazing volunteers!!! P.S. pencil in a shift or two for next year 😬

[08/13/17] Congratulations to the winners of our Second Annual Kenny Larson Memorial Bike Show!!! Winners were announced as follows:

Most Unique - Jeremia Ranck (Elmira)
Best in Show - Willie Hayes (WGlen)
Kenny's Choice - Dave Sawyer (Elmira Heights)

[08/11/17] For a list of all festival activities and times please check our website at watkinsglenitalianamericanfestival.org


[08/09/17] Don't forget this year's festival parade to be held Saturday, August 12th at Noon. The parade will run from 12th street to Clute Park. Our wonderful emcee Jim Howell will be announcing from in front of the park office by the end of the route. Come out to see some of our parade classics as well as some new entrants this year. Highlights of the parade will be Ethan and Gabrielle Crane, our festival Prince and Princess; and our Grand Marshall Phil Simiele.

Come on down to Lafayette Park and listen to some great music and find out about how you can order a Legacy Lane brick!!!

Elliana Bacon sitting by her late grandfather, "Pete" Canfield's, memorial brick at Legacy Lane in Lafayette Park.

[08/08/17] Tonight the IAF Committee held our dedication ceremony for the initial installation of bricks into our Legacy Lane. A very special thank you to Mayor Sam Schimizzi and County Administrator Tim O'Hearn for being our guest speakers! Don't forget this is an ongoing fundraiser and brick orders are taken on a continual basis.

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Clute Park, Rt 414
Watkins Glen, NY
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