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The Mercer County Italian American Festival invites you to share your story of growing up Italian (or with Italian friends). We all have stories that our grandparents or parents passed down to us or that we lived ourselves that, when shared, create a common bond among all of us. So tell us your story in 250 words or less and include a photo related to the story. Selected stories and photos are published on the festival website.

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Rain or Shine


Join us as we celebrate our Italian and Italian American Heritage and Culture at the 18th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival, September 22, 23, 24 2017.

Festival Hours

 Friday SaturdaySunday
3pm - 11pm12n - 11pm12n - 9:30pm


Adults: $5.00

Senior Citizens, 65 years of age and older: $4.00

Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE

Convenient on-site parking is FREE. Enter through Mercer County Park entrances on Hughes Drive or Old Trenton Road. Handicapped parking is available by using the South Post Road entrance to Mercer County Park.

Persons using a wheelchair or walker receive FREE Admission. Use South Post Road entrance for handicapped parking.

Military personnel in uniform receive FREE Admission.


Food Piazza
Enjoy Italian specialties from many of the area's best Italian restaurants and vendors plus stop by our wine and beer gardens for a refreshing beverage.

Italian Market Tents
Peruse over 60 offerings in our Italian Market and purchase Italian and Italian-American handcrafted products from numerous vendors. 

Italian Heritage Pavilion
View memorabilia with over 200 displays of important and famous Italian-Americans who have made a contribution to our Country. Check out more Italian products, crafts and organizations.

Play Bocce...Learn Bocce...Love Bocce.  Bocce is available to all who come to the festival, free of charge. There will be tournaments, bocce lessons, and time for everyone to play.  Come check us out at the Bocce Tent. If you would like to participate in a tournament or need additional information, contact the festival office at 609-631-7544 or buongiorno2000@optonline.net.

Cultural Theater
Listen to guest speakers and watch cooking demonstrations. Located in the Italian Heritage Pavilion in front of the beautiful tapestry of Venice.

Dining Tents
Dine in covered seating areas
Provided by K McCoy Insurance Agency and Rose Hill Assisted Living Community

Dance Tents
Dance to your favorite performers on covered dance floors. 

Amusement Rides
Enjoy more than twenty amusement rides for the whole family, provided by Majestic Midways. Rides are open all three days of the festival (Fri. 4pm - 10pm, Sat. 1pm -11 pm, Sun. 1pm-9:30 pm). Rides require two to five amusement ride tickets with most in the three to four tickets range. Tickets cost $1.50 each for quantities below 25 and $1.00 each for quantities of 25 or more. (Minimum purchase is two tickets).

SPECIAL REDUCED RATE HOURS: Ride for one less ticket than posted for all rides - Friday 4-6:30pm, Saturday 1-5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Amusement Ride Ticket Booths at the festival.

New This Year: Munchkinland. The area is designed for guests who are too small to ride many of the other rides. Munchkinland will be housed in a tent and will have a soft play area for children under 36" tall and coin operated rides and games for those under 42" tall. There will be a changing station with hand sanitizer as well and benches for adults to rest.

Enjoy performances on two stages including the Investors Bank Stage and the Cabaret Tent. Entertainment includes national and international favorites, Italian folk dancers, big band music, traditional Italian music, Italian American favorites, opera, and children’s entertainment. Past performers have included The Duprees, Michael Amante, Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Sam Butera and the Wildest, The Happenings, Floyd Vivino, and Joey Dee & the Starliters. Click here for this year's schedule.

Fireworks Spectacular
Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival's spectacular fireworks display at 9:40 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

Sunday Mass
Start Sunday with Mass at 11:00 am at the Investors Bank Stage. The Mass will be offered by Monsignor James Innocenzi in honor of military veterans. Then be part of the re-creation of a long-time Chambersburg "Feast of Lights" tradition when the statue of the Madonna di Casandrino is carried in procession immediately following the service. 

Super 50/50
The Super 50/50 total for 2016 was $40,840 with the winner receiving $20,420. The winning ticket number was 24965. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and congratulations to the winner! Special thanks to New Jersey Assemblyman, Wayne DeAngelo, who sponsors the printing of our 50/50 tickets. For more information, please call our chair, Marion Bolton, at 609-396-2944. And make sure to get on our mailing list for 2016 - Big Winnings for a Small Investment! 

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We have announced our first entertainer for 2017! Click here for details.

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Add your story to My Story Growing Up Italian. New Story added 10-13-16
Hamilton Township has named Newkirk Avenue, at the corner of Liberty Street, Scarpati's Way, in honor of John's work in promoting Italian culture in Hamilton Township and Mercer County.
How to Make Capicola-
Part 1
How to Make Capicola-Part 2
John Scarpati, In His Own Words


The Festival Association introduces Memberships to our great organization!

Tab on news articles to see membership application for downloading. Download application, fill out and return as instructed on application letter to become a member of one of the best Italian-American Organizations in New Jersey!

Please visit our sponsors who make this festival possible.
Trenton Times
Investors Bank
Bud Light
New Jersey Lottery
XFINITY only from comcast
News 12 NJ
Italian Tribune
Impact Remodeling
K McCoy Inc
Rose Hill
Martin Financial Group
Windsor Dermatology
Hopewell Valley Vinyards
Coccia Foundation
Barry Chiorello
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