September 2013

Italian-American Club of Hilton head to Host 5th Annual Festival


This year’s annual Italian Heritage Festival will be held Saturday, September 21, at Shelter Cove Community Park, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. With activities such as stickball, food prep demonstrations, Bocce demonstrations, dunk-tank, grape-stomping, silent auction, genealogy/Italian heritage booth, and both live Italian music and local radio coverage by 104.9 The Surf, the day-long festival is expecting in excess of 5,000 ticket sales. With that in mind, this is also the last year it will be a one-day only event, with plans in the making for 2014 to be a three-day extravaganza. In addition, 2014 plans call for a new event, an Italian Opera Weekend (dates TBD) in which regional Italian-American clubs (Atlanta and Charleston) may also partner.

From inception five years ago, the Italian Heritage Festival held in honor of St. Gennaro’s Feast, hosted annually in September by the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head (IACHH), has grown exponentially. In 2012, upwards of 4,200 attendees were counted in ticket sales, with over $31,000 benefiting area non-profit organizations, charities, and scholarships ($6000 in scholarships was awarded to local high school graduates.) 

Below are activities, entertainment and vendors for the 2013 celebration of Italian Culture on Hilton Head Island.

Bocce Ball
Stick Ball
Food Prep Demonstrations
Grape stomping
Kids activities
Dunk tank
Silent Auction
Hammer and Bell
Fiat Car Show
Genealogy booth
Wine Tasting

Staged & broadcast with live Italian music from 109.4 The Surf
Peter Weitz – strolling accordionist
Port Royal Sound Group, Italian sing-along
Ruggero Ridino, Italian singer
Meet Christopher Columbus

Bella Italia
Frankie Bones
Trattoria Divina
Michael Anthony’s
Pino Gelato
Cool Breeze Shaved Ice
Frosty’s Italian Ice
Zeppole’s- Italian-American Club
NY Pizza
Stellini Italian Restaurant
Flatbread Grill

If You Go

What: Italian Heritage Festival
Where: Shelter Cove Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC
When: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets: $6/person—pay at the door, or purchase from an Italian American Club member, or from non-profit affiliates of the IACHH.

For more information on upcoming events and festivals visit or call (843)-682-4625

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