Festa Italiana celebrates Italian culture and heritage of Italian-Americans in the Portland Metropolitan area. Local Italian-American organizations have united their efforts to produce this unique event with a special invitation to friends of Italy (wannabes) of the local community to share in this celebration. Nearly 300 volunteers, along with several generous sponsors, provide this "labor of love" and contribute to the success of this outstanding celebration.
The Festa Italiana week is generally held in the 3rd or 4th week of August. There are proposals of promoting individual events throughout the year leading up to the big celebration in August. Festa Italiana also is the Host of the Columbus Day dinner in October.