Festival Overview & Information Page – Italian Lights 2017 2017-03-31T10:59:28-05:00
Total Solar Eclipse at Nashville Italian Lights Festival

ITALIAN LIGHTS 2017
FESTIVAL OVERVIEW & INFORMATION

FREE ADMISSION ALL WEEKEND!

WHEN: Friday August 18th through Monday August 21st.

Friday 2pm – 10pm
Saturday  10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 10pm
Monday 10am – 6pm

WHERE: Bicentennial Capitol Mall – Nashville, Tennessee

For directions and a map of the festival grounds – please click here.

FREE ADMISSION – ALL WEEKEND LONG!

Italian Lights is the Italian Festival of Nashville – Join us for 4 days of music, arts, food and wine celebrating the best of Italy! An elegant and family-friendly festival with free and fun activities for everyone!

NASHVILLE SOLAR ECLIPSE:

The highlight of the weekend is the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, which will be on Monday afternoon.  Nashville is in the direct path of the zone which will be 100% dark, and experiencing this from lawn of Bicentennial Capitol Mall will be a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime event. Over 1 million tourists are expected to travel to Music City to experience the total solar eclipse.

We are excited to be designated as an official NASA viewing location for the 2017 Great American Eclipse in Nashville.  NASA scientists and educators will be at the festival all weekend preparing for the big countdown on Monday afternoon. If you are coming to town for the eclipse, this is where you want to watch it! More details coming soon about our special eclipse events during the festival.

 

EVENT ACTIVITIES:

Festival favorites include the Wine Tastings & Seminars, the Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, the Meatball Eating Contest and the Grape Stomping Competitions. Additionally, specialty food vendors will be highlighted in our food tents featuring all your favorite Italian foods as well as in the Tuscan Wine and Beer Gardens.

FREE LIVE MUSIC: (Music Schedule TBD)

Music is center stage at the Italian Lights. The best part? It’s FREE ALL WEEKEND!  A variety of music and free concerts all weekend, highlighted by the Frank Sinatra Music Celebration on Friday night – and the return of television and recording sensation, Italian-trained tenor Nathan Pacheco, on Saturday.

INCREDIBLE DINING EXPERIENCES:

Dine under the stars and lights of Bicentennial Mall on the Italian Piazza with a pre-concert Four Course Dinner on Friday or Saturday, including wine and reserved seating for the show of your choice! More of a morning person? Then join us for the first ever Sunday Champagne Brunch in Bicentennial Mall!

UPGRADE WITH VIP ACCESS:

Admission to the Italian Lights Festival is FREE! However, we also have VIP Tickets available for an upgraded experience, which includes complimentary food & drinks, and reserved VIP seating inside the tent for all music and concerts. These tickets are extremely limited, you may learn about all the upgraded benefits of VIP Tickets here.

75+ ARTS, CRAFTS & SPECIALTY FOOD VENDORS:

What’s a festival without artisans? This year the festival will feature some of the best local artists displaying their arts and crafts. From jewelry to rosary beads, from wood crafts to canned vegetables and produce, just to name a few. We are proud to feature a number of Tennessee Craft members at our festival.

FAMILY AND KID-FRIENDLY!

We are excited to once again feature a Kids Zone area – a great place for the kids to have fun while Mom & Dad enjoy the sights and sounds of Italian Lights. Lots of free activities for kids and families as well:  Kids will also enjoy free Grape Stomping, and can even enter the annual Grape Stomping Competition. Free Art Lessons are also provided at the festival, please visit this page to signup in advance: Art Lesson Sign-Up.

THE BEST PART? IT’S FOR CHARITY!

The History behind our festival:

In 2010, Michael King – owner of one of Nashville’s top restaurants, Monell’s and the Executive Director of the Oktoberfest (2nd largest Oktoberfest in the USA) – created Italian Lights with three main goals:

  • To showcase a Nashville charity & community cause while raising funds for financial support.
  • To bring together the sights and sounds of Nashville’s Italian community.
  • To commemorate a historic side of Nashville that is becoming more popular again.

Over the past 7 years, the festival has raised over $200,000 for local charities!

In 2017, the Italian Lights Festival is proud to again benefit the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation, ProStart.

Help Support our Cause: Meet ProStart

ProStart is the premier Culinary Arts Program for High Schools Students. ProStart gives students the exciting opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction. It’s also a way for students to earn college credit and make money while they’re in high school. ProStart gives deserving students the tools and foundation they need to succeed in the culinary industry. Learn more about ProStart here.

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MUSIC SCHEDULE

Select the festival day below to see the schedule of music!

Friday, September 9

1pm – 1:50pm TSU COMMERCIAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE
3pm-3:45pm GINO FANELLI
5pm-6pm LOU GALTERIO
6pm-7pm KARAOKE
7pm-7:30pm KATHY CHIAVOLA
7:45pm- 8pm RADIODAZE
8pm-10pm MAIN CONCERT: RADIODAZE WITH BEN CYLLUS AND GINGER NEWMAN

Saturday, September 10

11am-12m VINTAGE MANDOLIN QUARTET
1pm-1:45pm LOU GALTERIO
1:45pm-2pm FEATURE KARAOKE
3pm-3:45pm TSU COMMERCIAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE
3:45-4:45 MICKELA MALLOZZI and ENZO CILENTO
5pm-5:35pm GINO FANELLI
5:45pm-6:15pm BEN CYLLUS
7pm-7:45pm GINGER NEWMAN
8pm-10pm NATHAN PACHECO

Sunday, September 11

11am-11:45am VINTAGE MANDOLIN QUARTET
12am-12:35pm KATHY CHIAVOLA
12:45pm-1:30pm GINO FANELLI
2pm-3pm KARAOKE
3pm-4pm MICKELA MALLOZZI and ENZO CILENTO
4:15pm-4:45pm BEN CYLLUS
5pm-5:45pm LOU GALTERIO
5:45pm CLOSING REMARKS
6pm SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!