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Moving after 18 years

After 18 glorious years in Mercer County Park, the Mercer County Italian American Festival is moving!

The need to look for a new home became evident to us after determining that the Mercer County Park Commission's new fee schedule and the mandatory use of Mercer County Staff at overtime pay, increased our costs for the use of Mercer County Park by some 364%. In previous years we were permitted to use volunteers for tasks like collecting garbage and parking cars to contain costs. Attempts to work out a more equitable arrangement with the Park Commission were unsuccessful.

Besides the increase to the festival association, the Mercer County Park Commission also charged our patrons $5 to park. In the end, as a non-profit organization, we had to make a responsible business decision that was in the best interest of our organization, our patrons and our budget.

The Festival Association is proud to have had its roots in Mercer County. We enjoyed a great relationship with the County and are saddened that we will not be continuing our event at Mercer County Park. We are excited, however, to be bringing the Festival to Burlington County Fairgrounds, where we will continue to provide a quality family experience. It is a beautiful venue that is easily accessible to the greater Burlington/Mercer area.

We encourage our families and friends from Mercer to come and visit our new site, and invite all those from Burlington and beyond to join us in experiencing the fun and excitement of our Italian American Festival!


Rain or Shine 


Festival Hours

 Friday SaturdaySunday
4:30pm - 10:00pm12:30pm - 10:00pm12:30pm - 10:00pm


Admission is $10 per carload (Parking Fee). There is no individual admission fee at the entrance gate.

Parking is located directly across the street from the festival entrance.

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 amusement rides for the whole family. Rides are open all three days of the festival.

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 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.

Super 50/50
The winning ticket number for the 2017 Super 50/50 was 32325. The winner received $15,692. 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! 

 Click here to get on our Mailing List.

Italian Car Show
Bella macchina! On Saturday from 4PM to 10PM, enjoy our display of antique, classic and modern Italian cars, motorcycles and scooters, and cast your ballot for the People's Choice award. If you have an Italian car that you'd like to display, we'd love to have you! Click here for more info and to register your car, motorcycle or scooter.

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

Italian Car Show at the festival. Click here to register your Italian car, motorcycle or scooter.
Click here to learn about an easy and no cost way to support the festival - the Investors Bank Care2Share program.
Food Vendor Applications now available. Click here  to download.
The festival is heading south! Click
here for directions to the new location.
Super 50/50 winning number for 2017 was 32325. The winner received $15,692. Congratulations to the winner and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket!
Like our facebook page to see the latest news on the festival!

Add your story to My Story Growing Up Italian. New Story added 9-25-17
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

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

Click here to download application. Complete and return per instructions 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
K McCoy Inc
Rose Hill
Coccia Foundation
Hopewell Valley Vinyards
Saker ShopRites
Barry Chiorello
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