Music – Main Stage Entertainment




DJ-Italia, two of the finest DJ’s this side of the Italian boot, doing Houston’s DJ scene for many many years. Anthony Porcarello and his son Anthony Porcarello, Jr. will rock your socks off with Italian music the likes of which you’ll only hear in Italy, not to mention our all American favorites like Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louie Prima, Sam Butera and the list goes on and on.


Houston International Folk Dancers


A recreational and performance group founded in 1947, HIFD is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of ethnic dance from around the world. Primarily a recreational group that meets twice weekly, HIFD also stages folk dance performances for many events and festivals throughout the calendar year. The group’s repertoire includes more than 300 dances from 39 countries, with emphasis on those of Europe, the Middle East, and Mediterranean areas.

HIFD has participated in performances at the Mediterranean Festival at St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, the Houston International Festival, the San Antonio Folk Dance Festival, and the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio.

HIFD welcomes the opportunity to bring song, dance and music from other cultures to interested parties, and hopes that by so doing, we help preserve the uniqueness of the individual cultures as well as promote peace among all ethnicities.


Tarantella Dancers


The Tarantella Dancers of Galveston have been performing at the Houston Italian Festival for over 25 years. This form of dance is the traditional folk dance of Sicily. Tarantella literally means “tarantula” because the dance is done by everyone in a large circle. Come and dance with the Tarentella Dancers.