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Back Home for Our 20th Anniversary Festival!

After one year away, Central New Jersey's number one festival is returning home.


"We are happy to be back at our home," said an excited John Scarpati, founder and president of the festival. "We have worked with the Mercer County Park Commission over many years to get the festival grounds to where they are today. We are thrilled to be, once again, working with the Park Commission to bring our great festival to the citizens of Mercer County."


Rain or Shine


Festival Hours

 Friday  Saturday Sunday
3:00pm - 11:00pm 12:00pm - 11:00pm 12:00pm - 9:30pm


Adults: $5.00

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

Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE

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

Artists and Crafters

Peruse our Italian Market and purchase Italian and Italian-American handcrafted products from numerous vendors.

Amusement Rides

Enjoy more than twenty amusement rides for the whole family, provided by Majestic Midways.


Entertainment takes place on the Investors Bank Stage and 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 DupreesMichael Amante, Southside Johnny and The Poor Fools, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn BridgeSam Butera and the WildestThe Happenings, Floyd Vivino, and Joey Dee & the Starliters. Click here for this year's schedule.

Italian Market Tent

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.


Bocce is back. Have fun enjoying Italy's number one game. There will be tournaments, bocce lessons, and time for everyone to play.

Cultural Presentations

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

Fireworks Spectacular

Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival's spectacular fireworks display.

Dining Tents

Dine in covered seating areas

Super 50/50

The winning ticket number for the 2018 Super 50/50 was 18772The total collected was $18,498.00 with the winner receiving $9,249.00Thank 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 2019 - Big Winnings for a Small Investment! 

 Click here to get on our Mailing List.

Italian Car Show

Bella macchina! The NJ Chapter of FIAT Club America will be presenting our display of beautiful Italian cars, motorcycles and scooters on Saturday, September 28 from 3pm-9pm. Vote for your favorite car and enter a random drawing for two tickets to the world-renowned Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

Do YOU have an Italian car, motorcycle or scooter you would like to display at the Festival? We'd love to have you! Click here to learm more and to enter.


Mass on Sunday

Start Sunday with Mass at 11:00 am on the festival grounds at the Investors Bank Stage.


Go to our Directions Page for the best way to get to the festival - Click here


The Mercer County Italian American Festival is a presentation of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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.

Click here to submit your story.
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Festival News

Check out this video about Italian Americans' role in America's fight for freedom even as far back as the Revolutionary War. Click here.
The 2018 winning ticket number for the Super 50/50 is 18772. The total collected was $18,498.00 with the winner receiving $9,249.00. Congratulations to the winner and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket!
Click here to learn about an easy and no cost way to support the festival - the Investors Bank Care2Share program.
Like our facebook page to see the latest news on the festival!

Add your story to My Story Growing Up Italian. New Story added 9-4-18

Become a member of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association!

Click here to download an application 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
News 12 NJ
Italian Tribune
K McCoy Inc
Hopewell Valley Vinyards
Luxury Bath NJPA
New York Life
Coccia Foundation
Barry Chiorello
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