About HerrinFesta Italiana

HerrinFesta Italiana founded in 1991 and voted Best Festival in Illinois in 2014 is a tremendous crowd-pleaser.  A celebration of the rich Italian heritage in Herrin, IL.  We offer a music entertainment venue, a large carnival, and more than 30 other events that welcome thousands of visitors during Memorial Day Weekend it is a “don’t miss” festival to kick off your summer.
Festa features great Italian food, family fun for the whole family including our grand parade, contests and pageants, bocce and golf tournaments, and a fine arts and crafts exhibit to spotlight the creative talents of regional artists and craftsmen.   The City of Herrin rolls out the red carpet for the major yearly event of the city for a week-long run in May.  The Festa is run by volunteers.  They work under the umbrella of The Herrin Chamber of Commerce and in tandem with the City of Herrin and The Herrin Civic Center.

Entertainment Venue

Musical entertainment venue at HerrinFesta Italiana. Located on the north side of the Herrin Civic Center, the Entertainment Stage and the Beverage Garden are where you can enjoy your favorite adult beverages.

Our Mission Statement

We host an annual local festival to celebrate the town of Herrin’s Italian heritage.  We strive to promote a spirit of volunteerism as we connect with our community.  With the help of the festival revenue, we provide economic assistance to our local businesses and fellow not for profits, in an effort to serve the greater good of the Herrin area.

The Midway

HerrinFesta’s Midway features great food, a carnival, and a variety of vendor booths. Entry into the Midway is free, and open to all ages.


One of HerrinFesta’s premier events is the annual Bocce tournaments. Bocce is an Italian sport that combines the precision of horseshoes with a bowling-style play. Read more about Bocce here.


If you would like to volunteer at Festa, please fill out our online request form.

HerrinFesta Committee:

Cris Trapani, President
Joey Helleny, Vice President
Kelly Green, Secretary-Treasurer
Cheryl Ranchino Trench, Trustee Emeritus
Jim Storch, Trustee Emeritus
Frank King, Trustee
Brett Crouse, Piazza Chairman
Kevin Frost
Joe Helleny
Nina Helleny
Tabatha King
Bob Scillufo
Ashlee Spiller
Brandon Watson
Evan Youngblood

The 2nd Vice President of the Herrin Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Herrin also serve on this committee.

Denise Coffman, Executive Secretary