Italian Festival on the Strand in Kingston

Photo of cannoli by Jeremy Keith

Kingston, City of Festivals? While the O+ Festival primarily stakes out Uptown and Midtown and plies its unique art-for-healthcare bargain and designer Brad Ford’s carefully curated Field + Supply modern makers’ craft fair inhabits the Hutton Brickyards, the Ulster County Italian American Foundation presents a celebration of a different and more traditional kind: the tenth annual Italian Festival on Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rondout waterfront, 1 Broadway in Kingston.

The Ulster County Italian American Foundation (UCIAF) was founded upon the premise that the 35,000 Italian Americans living in Ulster County were looking for an organization to help focus ethnic pride and the preservation of traditions. Combining food and fun with a sense of heritage and service, the free festival offers a large variety of food and beverage, vendors, activities and music, along with the recognition of the Italian Signora and Signore of the Year and a visit from the reigning Miss Italy New York.

The proceeds from the Italian American Festival will be used to continue the UCIAF Scholarship Fund for graduating Italian American high school seniors in Ulster County who exemplify the values and vision of the Foundation in their community. For more information, visit