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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.

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Rain or Shine


Join us as we celebrate our Italian and Italian American Heritage and Culture at the 18th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival, September 22, 23, 24 2017.

Festival Hours

 Friday SaturdaySunday
3pm - 11pm12n - 11pm12n - 9:30pm


Adults: $5.00

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

Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE
compliments of XFINITY

The Mercer County Park Commission has implemented a new parking fee of $5.00 per vehicle for festival parking. The fee will be collected by and go directly to Mercer County. Parking is located on-site in Mercer County Park. Use Park entrances located on Hughes Drive and Old Trenton Road. Parking and Admission are FREE for those arriving for Mass on Sunday before 11:00AM.

Persons using a wheelchair or walker receive FREE Admission. Parking is not free. The $5.00 County Parking Fee applies to handicapped parking, as well as general parking. The location of handicapped parking is still to be determined by the Mercer County Park Commission.

Military personnel in uniform receive FREE Admission and FREE Parking.


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.

Italian Market Tents
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.

Play Bocce...Learn Bocce...Love Bocce.  Bocce is available to all who come to the festival, free of charge. There will be tournaments, bocce lessons, and time for everyone to play.  Come check us out at the Bocce Tent. If you would like to participate in a tournament or need additional information, contact the festival office at 609-631-7544 or buongiorno2000@optonline.net.

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

Dining Tents
Dine in covered seating areas
Provided by K McCoy Insurance Agency, Rose Hill Assisted Living Community, and First Bank.

Dance Tents
Dance to your favorite performers on covered dance floors. 

Amusement Rides
Enjoy more than twenty amusement rides for the whole family, provided by Majestic Midways. Rides are open all three days of the festival (Fri. 4pm - 10pm, Sat. 1pm -11 pm, Sun. 1pm-9:30 pm). Rides require two to five amusement ride tickets with most in the three to four tickets range. Tickets cost $1.50 each for quantities below 25 and $1.00 each for quantities of 25 or more. (Minimum purchase is two tickets).

SPECIAL REDUCED RATE HOURS: Ride for one less ticket than posted for all rides - Friday 4-6:30pm, Saturday 1-5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Amusement Ride Ticket Booths at the festival.

New This Year: Munchkinland. The area is designed for guests who are too small to ride many of the other rides. Munchkinland will be housed in a tent and will have a soft play area for children under 36" tall and coin operated rides and games for those under 42" tall. There will be a changing station with hand sanitizer as well and benches for adults to rest.

Enjoy performances on two stages including the Investors Bank Stage and the Cabaret Tent. Entertainment 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.

Fireworks Spectacular
Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival's spectacular fireworks display at 9:40 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

Sunday Mass
Start Sunday with Mass at 11:00 am at the Investors Bank Stage. The Mass will be offered by Monsignor James Innocenzi in honor of military veterans. Then be part of the re-creation of a long-time Chambersburg "Feast of Lights" tradition when the statue of the Madonna di Casandrino is carried in procession immediately following the service.  Parking and Admission are FREE for those arriving for Mass before 11:00AM.

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! 

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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.



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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!
Football while enjoying great Italian food and cold beer at the Mercer County Italian American Festival - three screens, two days, one Eagles/Giants game. Presented by Kmart of Hamilton.
Italian Car Show
: An Italian Car Show is coming to the festival on Saturday, Sept 23, 12-5pm, with a rain date of Sunday, the 24th, 1-5pm. Have an Italian car? Join the show by clicking here .
Play New Jersey Lottery's newest game, Quick Draw, in the new Quick Draw Lounge onsite at the festival.
Parking Alert
: The County of Mercer has implemented a new parking fee of $5.00 per vehicle. It will be collected by and go directly to the County. Admission fees remain the same.
Welcome our new festival partners: Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, First Bank, and Saker ShopRites.
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 9-25-17
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


The Festival Association introduces Memberships to our great organization!

Tab on news articles to see membership application for downloading. Download application, fill out and return as instructed on application letter 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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