There have been a few different Italian street fair’s over the years here in Nashville, but none will compare to the authentic feel of The Nashville Italian Lights Festival. Michael King of Monell’s is helping to make sure this celebration will be the best yet. Nashville is a loving community that embraces the fast growing diversity of the city. Italian America’s have helped this community grow, let yourself dive into the sights and sounds of Italia.
The Festival will take place at the historic campus of St. Pius X School only minutes away from downtown. It is a three day party starting Friday September 10th – Sunday September 12th. It is free to all, but if you would like to participate in some of the activities make sure to bring your change purse. Events will include, a wine garden with grape stomping and all you can drink wine; when you purchase a commemorative glass for $15. There will also be an old fashioned Bocce Tournament, gelato, arts and crafts, a kids’ zone complete with bouncy castle and tea with Mother Goose and of course lots of delicious Italian food to sample. There will even be a meatball eating contest for feast goers ages 16 and up. The Meatball eaters will have 10 minutes to eat 50 spicy meatballs. The catch is your hands are tied behind the contestants’ backs.
The Nashville Jazz Workshop is sponsoring the event and providing the music. Let lose and dance and sing in the street to such Italian classics as “Cella Luna” and “Just a Gigolo”, a song that a spicy Italian crooner, Louie Prima made famous. The Century Gala is also being held, if you are interested in Catholic education. If you are an artist who wants to set a booth of your own, check out the registration page to find out how to make that happen.
As an Italian American and a native New Yorker now living in Nashville, I miss out on feasts like the famous San Gennaro in Little Italy. I am really looking forward to seeing how Nashville Italians do it. Now mater where you are in the world or what Nationality you are it is so important to respect and learn from others who are different than us. The Nashville Italian Lights Festival is a splendid way to get people from all walks of life mingling, eating and drinking wine together, that is certainly the Italian way.