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The Italian Cultural Center routinely organizes special opportunities for students of the adult language school to foster new friendships and practice their Italian language skills in informal social settings.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 15 Nov 2017
    • ICC, 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Autumn is on its way, and it is time to improve your Italian!

    Classes will begin the week of September 11, and will end the week of November 13.  Registration will open on Monday, July 24.  The Early Bird Discount will be available from July 24 through August 11.

    Small groups, informal atmosphere and university-educated qualified instructors provide the ideal environment to learn a foreign language. Our instructors, born and raised in Italy, bring first-hand experience and cultural background of Italian life and current traditions to the classroom.

    Our Language courses, based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), range from Beginning to Advanced level and provide a full program of study, all year around.  In addition, we offer conversation classes, grammar workshops, book clubs, opera, and literature classes. 
    Students of the school have numerous opportunities to attend a great array of cultural events to further expand their
     knowledge of Italian language and culture.

    Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter with your questions, and enroll today!




    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Lake Calhoun West Lake Street kiosk behind Tin Fish


    Summer has arrived in Minnesota, and so has the ICC's popular Passeggiata!  What better way to enjoy the sunny Twin City days than to walk around beautiful Lake Calhoun, and speak a little Italian in the process!

    Those interested will gather at the West Lake Street kiosk behind Tin Fish at
    11 AM, on Saturday, August 19,  and walk clockwise. ICC native Italian instructor, Mirella, will lead the group.

    Join Mirella for this great opportunity to meet fellow Italian speakers while enjoying one of Minneapolis greatest outdoor locations.

    The event is free and open to all, and registration is required so Mirella will know how many to expect.

    For additional information, please contact Peggy  at

    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Start & finish lines at E. Lake Como Dr. & Lakeview Ave

    Giro del Lago di Como

    5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on

     Sunday, August 20 at 8:30 AM


    An Italian inspired 5K Fun Run / Walk.

    Meet Italians and Italy lovers! This is the perfect early morning social event for individuals and families.

    Music / Prizes / T-shirts / Gelato

    Exhibit on Italy’s elite athletes

    Cari italiani, questo è un appuntamento annuale da non mancare , ideale per incontrare altri connazionali e trascorrere insieme un momento tutto italiano. Vi aspettiamo!

    The Start Line is on the east side of Lake Como in Saint Paul.


    • $20 adult members, 
    • $25 adult non member, 
    • $10 child member, 
    • $15 child non member, 
    • $55 family member ( two adults, two children ) 
    • $70 family non member (two adults, two children)

    Registrations must be cancelled 72 hours in advance in order to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.

    This event is proudly sponsored by



    Looking for sponsorship opportunities? Click here


    By registering for this event, I agree with the statement below:

    Waiver: I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of race officials relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in the event, including, but not limited to, falls, contact with any participants, the effect of the weather including high heat and humidity, traffic and the condition of the road with all such risks being known and appreciated by me. In consideration of the foregoing, I, for myself, or heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against the Italian Cultural Center, volunteers, organizers, and any individuals of organizations otherwise involved with the operation of this event for any and all claims or damages, demands, actions whatsoever which may arise as a result of my participation in this event. I grant all foregoing to use any photographs or any records of this event for any legitimate purpose. Because of the nature of this event, registration fees are non-refundable. I have carefully read this Waiver and Release and fully understand its contents. If I am under 18 years of age at the time of registration, my parent or legal guardian has completely reviewed this Waiver and Release and understands and consents to its terms, and authorizes my participation by his/her signature below. I am aware that this is a RELEASE OF LIABILITY, a contract between me and the persons and entities mentioned above, and I sign of my own free will.

    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    NEW! Italian Higher Education - A Comparative Analysis

    Don't miss this wonderful educational opportunity, as St Cloud State professors, Christine Imbra and Steven McCullar, join ICC scholarship recipient, Jessica Gehrke, as they compare Italian higher education to our system in the United States!

    The SCSU team has a long term relationship with the University of Macerata, in the Marche region of Italy.  Join us to learn how the Italian system compares and contrasts to higher education and university life in the United States.  

    The FREE event will be held at 528 Hennepin Avenue, in suite 502, on Wednesday, September 6, beginning at 7:15 p.m.  Additional details will be forthcoming, but register here today, and don't miss an enlightening discussion!

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul, MN 55105
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    Now is your opportunity to meet Olivia Kate Cerrone, Sicilian American and author of the historical fiction novella, "The Hunger Saint". Olivia will travel from Boston and will visit the Twin Cities on Thursday, September 7th, for a book discussion/reading event. She has received numerous literary honors, and her historical fiction novella, about the child sulfur miners of Sicily, has been highly praised.

    Join us in an exciting new venue, Common Good Books, located at 38 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul, and learn more about Sicilian history!  Olivia will discuss her career path, her discovery of the "carusi", her research in learning more about them, and she will read some powerful passages from her book.  This is an evening you won't want to miss!

    This is a FREE event!  Please register here today, welcome Olivia to the Twin Cities, and take part in what promises to be a fascinating evening!

    Date: Thursday, September 7
    Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
    Place: Common Good Books
    38 Snelling Avenue South
    St. Paul, MN  55105

    Please contact Peggy at with your questions.  

    Light refreshments will be served.


    Olivia Kate Cerrone's Bio:

    Olivia Kate Cerrone’s The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press, 2017) was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a well-crafted and affecting literary tale.” Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Jack Dyer Prize from the Crab Orchard Review. Cerrone’s writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, New South and other journals. She's received various literary honors, including residencies at Ragdale, the VCCA, and the Hambidge Center, where she was awarded a "Distinguished Fellowship" from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently at work on a novel called DISPLACED.

    Reviews of "The Hunger Saint"

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 14 Oct 2017
    • Solemar Academy, Cefalu, Italy
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    The Cefalu Adventure has sold out, however, we will accept additional deposits on a "wait list" basis. Remit $250 to be placed on a list, and if we receive a cancellation in the upcoming months, we will add you to the roster of travelers.  If no space becomes available, we will refund your deposit.

    CEFALU ADVENTURE - 2017!!!

    Do you dream of studying Italian in Italy?  Would you love to visit the city of Cefalu, and explore the island of Sicily?  Now is the perfect opportunity for you to join fellow travelers at the ICC, study at a well-renowned language school and experience one of the most beautiful regions of Italy!

    For complete details go to our Educational Travel page. The first 10 openings sold out in 24 hours!  We need 2-3 additional participants to allow additional space on the trip. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required. You can remit your payment via this Paypal link.  

    Please contact Peggy at for more information.

    NOTE: All participants must hold an active ICC membership.

    • 31 Dec 2017
    • 31 Mar 2018
    • Lucca Italian School, Lucca, Italy


    The ICC is pleased to announce our new collaboration with the Lucca Italian School, located in Lucca, Italy!  

    In the fall of 2016, a group of ICC members ventured to Lucca, Italy, for a two week program of study at the Lucca Italian School.  It was an amazing experience, and we are now able to offer a special arrangement for those of you who wish to travel on your own and study at the school.

    For the cost of $75, remitted to the ICC via our website, you will receive one of these opportunities at the ICC:

    * a $40 credit to be used towards an ICC event of your choice, good for one year

    * a complimentary, one year individual ICC membership (value $40), or

    * a $50 credit towards one ICC adult group language class, good for one year

    In addition, the ICC will pass your contact information on to the administration at the Lucca school.  When you have confirmed a course of study with them, they will offer you a 10% discount towards the cost of your program.

    For additional information in regards to the Lucca Italian School, please follow this link.  Be sure to read the Lucca Adventure 2016 Blog entries, under Educational Travel, on the ICC website, and contact Peggy at with your questions.

    To participate in the special opportunity, please select which of the three opportunities you wish to receive, and process your payment of $75 here.

Past events

20 May 2017 EN17 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - Passeggiata at Lake Calhoun – Saturday, May 20
04 May 2017 ES17 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Art Guided Tour
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
29 Mar 2017 ES17 Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
16 Mar 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Mia tours series: Ancient Greco-Roman Art Guided Tour
19 Jan 2017 SOLD OUT! EW17 Donna Leon and Venice: The Tale of Two Cities
05 Jan 2017 EW17 Winter Open House
14 Dec 2016 AJ16GW NEW! Grammar Workshop - Verbi al presente
11 Dec 2016 EF16 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 11
06 Dec 2016 AJ16GW NEW! Grammar Workshop - Congiuntivo in Musica
15 Oct 2016 EF16 Discover the Caponi Art Park
08 Sep 2016 Earthquake Fundraiser: CLOSED, Thank you for the overwhelming response!
07 Sep 2016 EF16 NEW! Fall Open House - Travelogue: A Student in Macerata
28 Aug 2016 ES16 2nd Annual "Lago di Como" 5K Fun Run/Walk
13 Aug 2016 EN16 Passeggiata @ Lake Calhoun – Saturday, August 13, 2016
07 Aug 2016 EN16 Passeggiata @ Lake Calhoun – Saturday, August 13, 2016
23 Jul 2016 EN16 PLEASE NOTE: Change in Start Time! Passeggiata @ Lake Calhoun – Saturday, July 23, 2016
25 Jun 2016 EN16 Passeggiata @ Lake Calhoun – Saturday, June 25, 2016
21 May 2016 EN16 It's Back! Passeggiata @ Lake Calhoun – Saturday, May 21, 2016
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
30 Mar 2016 ES16 Travelogue: A student in Perugia – Pictures and memories
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
03 Mar 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Puccini’s Tosca – Thur. 3/3
19 Feb 2016 Servizio passaporti a Minneapolis – Venerdi, 19 febbraio
11 Feb 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Modern Art Guided Tour
09 Feb 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Carnevale di Venezia - Tuesday, Feb 9
31 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT!! DOLCI series: Tortelli dolci ripieni (Italian sweet pockets) – Sunday, 1/31
28 Jan 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Baroque Art Guided Tour
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
06 Jan 2016 EW16 Winter Open House - Travelogue: Study Italian in Lucca, Fall 2016!
10 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance Art Guided Tour - Thursday, December 10
06 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 6
03 Dec 2015 EF15 Make & Take Class: il VOV (Italian holiday drink) December 3
19 Nov 2015 SOLD OUT! EF15 Mia tours series: Ancient Roman Art Guided Tour
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
04 Nov 2015 AE15 NEW! Italian Heritage: il giorno dei morti-The day of the dead, Wednesday, November 4
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
04 Oct 2015 EF15 NEW! Al mercato: in search of tasty Italian food at Whole Foods - Sunday, October 4th
03 Oct 2015 EF15 Passeggiata @ Lake Calhoun – 1st Saturday of each month (June – Oct)
27 Sep 2015 EF15 DOLCI series:SOLD OUT! Frittelle di mele (Italian Apple Fritters) - Sunday, 9/27
09 Sep 2015 EF15 NEW! Fall Open House - Travelogue: A Student in Macerata
19 Aug 2015 ES15 Cocktail Reception at Historic Clifton House
25 Jul 2015 ES15 Registration closed! 1st Annual "Lago di Como" 5K Fun Run/Walk
07 Jul 2015 ES15 SOLD OUT! - Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man.
13 Jun 2015 EN15 Quartetto Rosso - A Free Outdoor Italian Concert!
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
20 May 2015 ENS15 NEW! Cena Sociale - An Evening at The Butcher Block Restaurant, Wednesday, May 20
19 May 2015 ENS15 Sorrento/Todi Travelogue--Tuesday, May 19
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
23 Apr 2015 Servizio Passaporti
22 Apr 2015 Chocolate for the Rainforest
18 Apr 2015 EN15 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-Saturday, April 18, 1-3
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
31 Mar 2015 AE15 Educational Travel: Todi, Umbria Meeting, Tuesday, March 31
31 Mar 2015 ES15 Open House
26 Mar 2015 AE15 NEW! Spring Meet Up and Italian Conversation
01 Mar 2015 The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
01 Mar 2015 Love in the City (L’amore in città)
01 Mar 2015 Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani)
28 Feb 2015 South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)
28 Feb 2015 Off Road (Fuoristrada)
28 Feb 2015 Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)
27 Feb 2015 Inside Buffalo
27 Feb 2015 The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)
26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 VIP Pass - Includes all films and opening night party
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
29 Jan 2015 ENW15 Sorrento Travelogue, Thursday, January 29
10 Jan 2015 ENF15 Sorrento Travelogue, CANCELLED Sat, Jan 8
06 Jan 2015 EW15 Open House- CANCELLED--Due to Weather
02 Dec 2014 Italian Ambassador Visit/ Spoken in Italian - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
07 Oct 2014 EF14 NEW! MEMBER ONLY Appreciation Movie Night! - Tuesday Evening, October 7
04 Sep 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center-Sculpture Garden Tour in ITALIAN, Thursday, September 4
03 Sep 2014 FS14 Open House- Wednesday, September 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
31 Jul 2014 EU14 Walker Art Center-SOLD OUT!!!
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
10 May 2014 EN14 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-NEW LOCATION!
01 Apr 2014 ES14 Open House- Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
08 Mar 2014 Il restauro dei luoghi Verdiani - da Roncole a Sant'Agata passando per Busseto (Restoring Verdi's Places - from Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto)
25 Jan 2014 EW14 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
11 Jan 2014 RESCHEDULED! Open House- Saturday, January 11, 2-4 pm
17 Dec 2013 ENF13 Sorrento Travelogue, Tuesday, December 17
07 Dec 2013 EN13 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
21 Nov 2013 ENF13 Italian Wine Tour
18 Nov 2013 ENF13 Festeggiamo Fall 2013
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!
04 Sep 2013 Fall Term OPEN HOUSE
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
25 May 2013 EU13 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
02 May 2013 ES13 A Concert of Italian Songs and Arias with the University of Minnesota Department of Music
07 Apr 2013 È stato il figlio (It was the son) tickets and sponsorship
07 Apr 2013 La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 L'estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Un giorno speciale (A Special Day) tickets and sponsorship
05 Apr 2013 Terraferma (Dry Land) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Italian Film Festival 2013
03 Apr 2013 ES13 Spring Term OPEN HOUSE - Film Festival Tickets on Sale!
07 Mar 2013 EW13 Dario Fo: EVENT RESCHEDULED!!
08 Jan 2013 Winter Term OPEN HOUSE
05 Jan 2013 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
04 Sep 2012 Open House
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
04 Apr 2012 Open House
01 Apr 2012 20 sigarette (20 Cigarettes ) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Into Paradiso (Into Paradise) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Senza arte né parte (Make a Fake) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Fughe e approdi (Return to the Aeolian Islands ) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Una vita tranquilla (A Quiet Life) tickets and sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Caravaggio Tickets and Sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
07 Nov 2011 EN11F Festeggiamo Fall 2011
06 Sep 2011 Open House
20 Jun 2011 EN11S Festeggiamo Spring 2011
04 Dec 2010 Giochi Per Parlare
22 Nov 2010 Festeggiamo Fall 2010
08 Sep 2010 Open House
09 Jun 2010 Book Club
07 Apr 2010 Open House
06 Jan 2010 Open House
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