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5th Annual Italian Festival
November 7th & 8th, 2015
Indian Wells Resort Hotel
General Parking at Miles & Highway 111

This two day event is packed full of Italian American fun! Italian Fun! Lots of fabulous Italian food! A Family Fun Zone! A newly added Foodie Fun Cooking Stage! And Italian entertainment on the Main Stage all day! Our scholarship competition to find Miss Bella Italiana! Spaghetti Eating Contest and our fan favorite, the Meatball Dash!

About the Festival:
A community event to celebrate the Italian heritage and culture! With this event, Desert Arc is acknowledging the generous donation of land for our current campus from the Western Italian Golf Association in 1983…and the Italian heritage of Richard Balocco, Desert Arc President & CEO. This fundraising event supports Desert Arc. Desert Arc is one of the largest and oldest non-profit agencies in the Coachella Valley. Now in its 55th year, Desert Arc provides social services, vocational training and employment opportunities for 600 adult clients with disabilities. Desert Arc's main campus is in Palm Desert with a satellite facility in Yucca Valley and a major Recycling Center in Indio. Desert Arc's mission is to "Enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities".

Call 760-346-1611 for more information.

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last year’s Festival!

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Last year we enjoyed performances by:

Celebrity Emcee

Joey English

2014 Onstage Entertainment

Desert Arc Choir
with Special Appearance by Santina Pellegrino
Café Italia Operatic Singers

Peter Astorino
Live Performer - Jimmy Durante Impersonator

Strolling Entertainers

Lynne Lockwood

Come taste the delizioso Italian flavor of our fine restaurants and visit our merchandise & information vendors and more!

Food Vendors

Appetito Deli
Ciro's Restorante
E & E Pel's
European Desserts
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Fisherman's Market & Grill
Frankie's Old World Italian Bakery
Funnel Frenzy
Gourmet Delights
Le Donne Cucina Italiana
Livreri's Bella Napoli
Mario's Italian Café
Papa Cantella's Sausages
Pasquini Coffee
Pellegrino Biscotti Italiani
Pizzeria Villagio
Red Leopard Tea & Italian Ice
The Real Italian Deli

Merchandise & Informational Vendors

AcQPoint Wellness Center
Blest Blondies
Desert Recreation District - Bocce Ball
Eisenhower Medical Center
Especially For You / Sopratutto Per Voi
Italian Children’s Market
Italian Festival Merchandise
JFK Memorial Hospital
Loretta Ferraro Luxury Real Estate
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Photo Booth – The Italian Experience
Save 2 Give
Shakeel's Concepts
Turfstore Direct
Verengo Solar
Welk Resorts
Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Enjoy our Family Fun Zone!

  • Facepainting
  • Create your own Venetian mask!
  • Inflatable Attractions
  • Enjoy our special Italian-themed puppet show
  • And More!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Platino Regalo

Argento Regalo

Nancy & Ed Singer            Vernon & Paula Kozlen

Bronzo Regalo

Special Thanks To

Dr. Richard and Rosemary Fausel

Highway 12 Winery

Fantasy Springs

Barilla Pasta

Nestle Waters