Sagra del Cinghiale - Wild Boar Festival Nov. 8-9 and Nov. 15-16, 2014, in Chianni (Pisa); food booths at noon and at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 15: 9:30 p.m. live music; on Sundays, entertainment for children in Piazza del Castello; live music and flag throwers exhibit; face painting and balloons twisting.
S. Andrea in Festa - Saint Andrew Festival Through Sept. 7, 2014, in Vicenza, Saint Andrea District, Via Pizzocarro 49; food booths feature bigoli, gnocchi, grilled meat, goulash and trout; art exhibits and charity raffle; live music and dancing nightly at 8:45 p.m.
Irlanda in Festa – Irish Fest March 15, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; March 16-17, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., in Padova, Geox Theatre, Via Tassinari 1, about 24 miles southeast of Vicenza; typical Irish cuisine and beers; live Celtic music and Irish dances, kick boxing; free entrance to all concerts and events; for a detailed program, visit http://www.granteatrogeox.com/irlanda-in-festa-padova/.
Spring Festival, May 14-24, 2015, in Camisano Vicentino, about 11 miles east of Vicenza; nightly food booths in Piazza della Costituzione featuring local specialties; live music and dancing every night; May 15: American Festival – The American community is invited to the annual spring festival; at 7 p.m. welcome speech at the town hall; food booths featuring Italian and American food, wine, beers open at 8 p.m.; live music at 9 p.m. with the Steel Horse band in Piazza Umberto 1.
Sagra della Bistecca - Steak Festival, Aug. 22-24 and Aug. 29-31, 2014, in Pieve Fosciana (Lucca, Tuscany); food booths open at 7:30 p.m. and feature typical Fiorentina steaks and many other Tuscan specialties; live music and entertainment start at 9 p.m.; Aug. 28 American Dinner + Country Dance lessons; Aug. 29, arm wrestling tournament.
Festa del Maron-Chestnut Festival, Oct. 10, 2015, from 7:30 p.m., in Bassano del Grappa, Loc. Valrovina, about 22 miles northeast of Vicenza; chestnuts, fruits, and mushrooms exhibit and sale; food booths feature local specialties; 8 p.m. live music and dancing.
2016 Streeat Food Truck Festival, May 27, 4 p.m.-1 a.m., May 28-29, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., in Verona, Ex Arsenale, Via Prato Santo; street food fair; entertainment for everyone and games for children; live music; free entrance.
2017 - Art & Ciocc Art & Chocolate Feb. 3-5, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., in Asiago, Piazza Risorgimento, about 37 miles north of Vicenza; the main Italian chocolatiers will display their best selections of chocolates; the event will include chocolate tasting, chocolate art display, and chocolate sculpting with stalls and workshops for children.
2016 - Sagra del Fungo Porcino - Porcino Mushroom Fair, Sept 2-4 and Sept. 9-11in Montebonello (Pontassieve, Florence); food booths feature many local specialties and open at 7 p.m.; from 9 p.m. live music.