Catch These Three Upcoming Festivals
August 4, 2022
Festa Italiana
ROCKFORD—The 43rd annual Festa Italiana will be Aug. 5-7 on the campus of Boylan Central Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Dr. Times for each day vary. 
-- Aug. 5: 5-11 p.m.
-- Aug. 6: 12-11 p.m.
-- Aug. 7: 12-8 p.m.
Admission is $8/person. Both military veterans and children (under 10 years) accompanied by an adult are free. Wristbands for carnival rides are $25, available Saturday, 1-6 p.m., and Sunday, 12-7 p.m.
Available online is a family 4-pack special for $75, which  includes 4 admissions, 2 ride wristbands and $20 of food and drink tickets. 
Festivities will include Italian food and pastries, live music of many genres, crafts, cultural exhibits, bocce tournaments, carnival rides and more. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David Malloy on Sunday (Aug. 7) at 10 a.m. in the rest tent. 
The festival will also include a book signing at the cultural tent with Laura Padron, author of the book “How to Build St. Joseph Altars: A Feast for the Soul.” 
Multicultural Parish Festival: Mexican, American and German
AURORA—St. Therese of Jesus Parish will hold a multicultural parish festival Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at 271 N. Farnsworth Ave. 
Festivities will include traditional Mexican, American and German food. Games and raffles, as well as a draw-down event, will be available.  
The festival will feature the DJ La Torre and live music by Los Gatilleros del Norte, Dinamita and more. 
Polish Fest
ROCKFORD—The 39th annual Polish Fest will be Aug. 14, starting at 10 a.m., on the campus of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, 201 Buckbee St. Admission is free, and all parts of the festival except the John Paul II Cultural Center are accessible to those with limited mobility.
Polish Fest will open with a bilingual Polish/English Mass at 10 a.m. in the church building. Artifacts from Poland will be on display all day in the John Paul II Cultural Center. 
Festivities will be outside in the parish parking lot, where Polish festival foods and drinks will be available. Attendees of all ages can join in games and dancing. Cash raffles will be held during the day. 
The festival will also feature live music by the I.P.A. Band and Polish dancing by the Syrena Polish Folk Dancers from Milwaukee, among other groups. 
Info: Margaret Borowski, 815-965-3913,
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