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The Italian Cultural Center is dedicated to helping promote local events that celebrate Italian culture in fresh and thought-provoking ways. If you have an event that fits this criteria and you would like to see it featured on the ICC website please e-mail

Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • 3M Tartan Park, Tartan Tap/ Bocce Courts, 11455 20th St N, Lake Elmo, MN
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    Ferragosto, the mid-August Italian holiday, is celebrated in Italy with picnics and informal outdoor gatherings. The Italian Cultural Center invites you and your family to a picnic-style celebration to be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Tartan Park in Lake Elmo, on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Tartan Park is located at 11455 20th Street North in Lake Elmo.


    This year’s Ferragosto will feature an Italian- themed picnic buffet by Prom Catering. The buffet will include:

    •  Italian sausage cooked on the grill with pepper and onions
    •  Hot dogs and buns for the kids
    •  Farfalle pasta salad with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil vinaigrette
    •  Sliced watermelon
    •  Brownies and popsicles
    •  Soft drinks and bottled water 

    A cash bar, for the purchase of wine, beer (including some Italian varieties), mixed drinks, and additional soft drinks, will be available.  Please note that it is not possible to bring in alcoholic beverages at Tartan Park, but the cash bar will be open throughout the event.


    EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend. Cost for the event is $20 for non-members.  We are pleased to offer a special member cost of $12 per adult and all children under 10 will be admitted at a cost of $5. Registration will close on August 17.


    The event will feature our 3rd annual bocce ball tournament! There is no cost to play, but all bocce participants must purchase picnic tickets, and must indicate if they want to play. Please join us for some fun!


    The ICC will organize two-man teams; there will be a maximum of 16 teams (first to sign-up will play). Upon registering to play, indicate the name of your desired partner, and include an Italian name for your team. Be creative!  If you wish to play as an individual, let us know, and we will try to match you with another player.  Some prizes will be awarded.


    Register today, and meet us on the Tartan Park at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 23rd.     

    For further questions, contact Peggy at

    ICC Bocce Ball Tournament Rules:

    1) Play will begin with a coin toss; winner throws Pallino, loser chooses color.

    2) The Pallino must pass the center line, and it must not touch the backboard.  If the player fails to toss the Pallino properly, the opposing team takes the Pallino.  If the opposing team fails, the Pallino reverts back to the original team.

    3) Balls tossed, which hit the backboard, are out of play.  If a ball hits another ball first, and then hits the backboard, it remains in play.

    4) The first ball is thrown by the team that tossed the Pallino.

    5) The opposing team then tosses the second ball. They throw until their ball BEATS (not ties) the opposing ball.

    6) When a team beats the opposing ball, it steps aside and lets the other team roll.

    7) Teams keep throwing, in this manner, until all balls are gone.

    8) After all balls have been thrown, the winning team has the closest ball to the Pallino.  One point is awarded to that ball and any others that is closer to the Pallino than the closest ball of the opposing team.

    9) The winner of each frame throws the next Pallino.

    10) Play in each game will continue until 9 points are scored.

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Rebecca's Authentic Italian Bakery, 2111 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    • 6

    .Love Italian desserts?  In our new Dolci series, dedicated to desserts, you will have the opportunity to prepare Italian specialties.  In the first class of our series, join us at Rebecca's Authentic Italian Bakery to make your own tiramisu, decadent "pick me up" layers of ladies' fingers, mascarpone, cream and coffee.  Simple and elegant, this one will easily become your favorite!

    Raised and trained in Italy, pastry chef, Asse, will guide you through the process and tasting, which will be accompanied by Italian coffees.  Each participant will take home their own tiramisu!

    The event will be held at Rebecca's Authentic Italian Bakery, located at 2111 East Franklin Avenue, #2, Minneapolis, MN  55404.  The phone number is 612 455-0236. The event will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 4 until 6 p.m.  Cost will be $35 for ICC members, and $45 for non-members.

    Please register, and remit payment via Paypal, here.  Contact Anna at for additional information.  Space is limited.

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

Past events

18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
14 Nov 2013 Give To The Max Day!
11 Nov 2013 ENF13 Young Professionals----Meet and Greet!
21 Oct 2013 ENF13 Meet New Italian American Author, Deborah Stevens...Book Signing and Wine Giveaway!
31 May 2013 CineForum May: Zabriskie Point
02 May 2013 ES13 A Concert of Italian Songs and Arias with the University of Minnesota Department of Music
01 May 2013 Euro-American Celebration
26 Apr 2013 CineForum April: Zabriskie Point
03 Apr 2013 ES13 Spring Term OPEN HOUSE - Film Festival Tickets on Sale!
22 Feb 2013 CineForum 2013: Blow Up
25 Jan 2013 CineForum 2013: Il deserto rosso
15 Nov 2012 Give To The Max Day!
19 Oct 2012 We Need Your Feedback! Take a short survey here!
15 Oct 2012 Jovanotti at First Ave
21 Sep 2012 Festa Italiana Event
25 Aug 2012 Italian Exchange Students Need Host Families
23 Jul 2012 Festa Italiana Kickoff!
22 Jul 2012 AS Roma Soccer In Chicago
16 Jun 2012 ICC Soccer Team Mini World Cup Tournament
25 May 2012 CineForum 2012: Mio fratello è figlio unico (My Brother Is an Only Child)
27 Apr 2012 CineForum 2012: Giorni e nuvole (Days and Clouds)
24 Feb 2012 CineForum 2012: Quando sei nato non puoi piu nasconderti (Once you are born, you can no longer hide)
09 Dec 2011 Concert by Ivailo Giurov
16 Oct 2011 ICC Soccer Team
23 Sep 2011 Festa Italiana: First Italian Festival
11 Sep 2011 Recreational indoor soccer for men over 35
28 Aug 2011 Wheels of Italy
21 Aug 2011 Italian Exchange Students Need Host Families
18 Jul 2011 Festa Italiana Fundraiser; First Italian Festival
11 Jun 2011 ICC Soccer Team
10 Jun 2011 La Doppia Ora at Edina Theater
14 Apr 2011 Italian Films at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
05 Mar 2011 Minnesota Opera Presents: La Traviata
13 Feb 2011 Roberto Plano plays with Dakota Valley Symphony
10 Feb 2011 U of MN Italian Conversation Group
29 Jan 2011 Chocolate Tasting Classes by Chocolate BonaVita
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 298-2223 

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