The festival will once again transform the grounds of the historic Catholic church, 520 Stevens St., and adjacent Lacy Park into a celebration of food, wine and song from 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Woomblies will headline Friday’s musical entertainment, taking the stage after Theotokos and Final Edition. Heartstone Crossing and Indy Polkamotion will perform Saturday. Fans of Caruso and Frank Sinatra will be pleased as classic Italian music favorites will be played over the public address system.
“We are thrilled to invite the community to this exciting event that brings together the best in local entertainment, fantastic food and cultural fun,” said the Rev. C. Ryan McCarthy, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish.
There will also be carnival rides and games and bocce (similar to lawn bowling) demonstrations both afternoons.
Free parking is available at the Eli Lilly and Co. lots on East and New Jersey streets.
Always a highlight is the Italian religious procession, which begins before the 7 p.m. Mass Saturday.
A small army of volunteers will team to pull off the extravaganza, which is expected to attract as many as 15,000 people. Hundreds of tables will be set up, food booths erected, miles of lights strung ... and don’t forget the beer trucks.