Activities

Italian Film Spotlight & VIP Reception

APRIL 19, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Seats must be purchased online by Wednesday, April 18. The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is hosting our VIP guests for a very special Italian Film Spotlight! Tickets are $25 and get you delicious food from Southern Table, a specialty cocktail, popcorn, and candy. AND it’s going to be a double-feature! Join us to watch “Moonstruck” and “I Sopravvissuti (‘The Survivors’).”

VIP Dinner

Help us make history at the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival presented by Relyance Bank to support the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas! Get ready for a delicious VIP Dinners.

Order your VIP Dinner tickets today for the Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival! The hottest ticket in town, dinners each night are catered by Ristorante Capeo, and wines by Stella Rosa. Only a few tickets remaining, so do not miss out!

Bocce Ball Competition

Participate in the first ever Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival bocce ball tournament. Whether you’ve never heard of the game or are a competitive champion, you won’t want to miss out on this exciting game along the Arkansas River. 

Get ready for an awesome bocce tournament. Registration is $160 per 2-person team–there is a maximum of 2 people per team. Play times will be Saturday (4/21) 8:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Tournament payouts will be based on how many teams register – so encourage your friends to sign up to increase how much YOU CAN WIN!

  • First – 45%
  • Second – 30%
  • Third – 15%
  • Fourth – 10%

Be sure to share a cell phone number so you can receive text message updates about play times.

Before registering, review the Festival’s Bocce Tournament liability waiver form available here. After completing, paying for, and submitting your registration, a copy of this form will be shared with you via email. The form must be completed and provided to Festival Staff before your team’s game begins to be permitted entry.

Video credit: Major League Bocce

Soccer Tournament

Italians’ passion for soccer is simply powerful. Join us in celebrating the world’s biggest game by putting on your cleats and kicking the ball into the goal! 

So get ready for an awesome soccer tournament:

  • $120 per 7-person team (7-person roster max)
  • Age categories: U10, U12, U14, U16, Open (U17 – Adult)
  • Adults: Friday (April 20) – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Youth: Saturday (April 21) – 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Be sure to review the Festival’s Soccer Tournament liability waiver form available here. After completing, paying for, and submitting your registration, a copy of this form will be shared with you via email. The form must be completed and provided to Festival Staff before your team’s game begins to be permitted entry.

 

Video credit: Danny Daring

Baggo Competition

Help us make history at the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival presented by Relyance Bank to support the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas! Get ready for an awesome Baggo tournament. Registration is $50 per 2-person team–there is a maximum of 2 people per team. Play times will be  Saturday (4/21), 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Tournament payouts will be awarded to the top four finishing teams.

Please review Baggo Tournament rules:

  • Play to 21 points
  • Three points in the hole, one on the board
  • Throw from behind foot foul line – like a free throw
  • A good throw is an 8 foot arch at a 45-degree angle
  • Play the front half of the board and play the slide
  • Stand opposite of your partner
  • Alternate shots
  • After all eight bags are thrown, calculate your score
  • Points cancel out
  • Last team to score on previous round, tosses first
  • If bags hit the ground, it’s a dead bag and will not be re-thrown
  • If a bag bounces off the caddy onto the board, it doesn’t count
  • If you knock in the opponents bag, it counts for the opponent, not you
  • You don’t have to hit 21 exactly, you can go over
  • At no point should you be holding your opposing teams bags 
  • Skunk rules are NOT in effect; all games to 21 unless otherwise noted
  • Flip for sides of the board to play from if there is a discrepancy; winning team designates first pitch box, losing team picks second pitch box
  • Winning team reports score to the scorers table

Before completing the registration form below, review the Festival’s Baggo Tournament liability waiver form available here. After completing, paying for, and submitting your registration, a copy of this form will be shared with you via email. The form must be completed and provided to Festival Staff before your team’s game begins to be permitted entry.

Video credit: Bag Toss

Car Show

From Ferrari to Lamborghini, Italy produces some of the most stylishly daring cars on the planet. Check out these beautiful powerhouses at our Italian Car Show. 

 

Video credit: Speed Comparer

Grape Stomping

Arkansas has a long history of making exceptional wine in large part thanks to our state’s rich Italian-American history. Learn how to make wine with us using your … FEET! Check out how they do it in Arkansas wine country in Altus and get ready for a great time!

Video credit: Arkansas Tourism