DON’T MISS ‘THE’ ITALIAN FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR IN NASHVILLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NASHVILLE, TN - The sights, sounds and flavors of Italy will charm Music City this September at the 7th Annual Italian Lights Festival. This year’s event is moving to a new location, the Bicentennial Mall, Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. In prior years, the festival was held at St. Pius X Academy, but it has since outgrown the grounds.
The family-friendly event kicks off Friday at noon with three days of music, food and arts. Entry to the festival is free, but VIP tickets are available starting at $35 for an upgraded experience. VIP tickets include complimentary wine and beverages as well as gourmet appetizers, plus a relaxing retreat inside the VIP Lounge throughout the weekend. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at http://italianlights.org/vip-tickets.
Weekend activities include wine tastings, bocce ball, dance lessons, a Kids Zone, arts and crafts, the annual meatball eating contest and more. Anyone interested in participating in events may preregister online to avoid long lines at the event.
Free live music performances are scheduled all weekend. On Friday, highlights include a tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra and the Big Band era. Back by popular demand on Saturday evening is Italian-trained tenor Nathan Pacheco, best known for his stirring performance of “Nessun Dorma” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
In addition to the free music and activities, the Italian Lights Festival will host a four-course, candlelit dinner on the festival piazza in Bicentennial Mall. Tickets are available on both Friday and Saturday nights for $95 per person, and it includes complimentary wine with a front row seat to the concert of choice. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. on both nights, with the main music performance beginning at 8 p.m.
A new addition to the festival this year is the Sienna Champagne Brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, also held on the piazza. Tickets start at $55 and the menu will include courses suitable for both adults and children. It is recommended that brunch and dinner tickets be purchased online at http://italianlights.org/ as dinners in prior years have sold out in advance.
Proceeds from the dinners, brunch & other festival events benefit the Nashville Hospitality Association’s ProStart Program. ProStart provides funding and college scholarships for high school students entering the hospitality industry. ProStart also funds education/training programs in Tennessee high schools focused on the art of cooking, restaurant management and guidance programs for the culinary industry.
In the last six years, Italian Lights has developed into the Italian festival of Nashville, raising more than $160,000 for local charities in the process.
Festival hours of operation:
Friday - Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bicentennial Mall State Park is located at 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243. For more information visit http://italianlights.org/.