Hot Italian Sports Cars, Hot Italian Sausage Meet in Dallas West End

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The Dallas Historic West End is the new home for the Italian Club of Dallas's Italian Festival, following its inaugural season in Addison last year. Event organizers say the West End's downtown location provides the perfect urban setting for the Saturday, Sept. 13, Noon - 9 p.m. event, evoking the spirit of festivals in Chicago, New York and Boston.

The Italian Club of Dallas has partnered with the Dallas West End Association to host the second annual Italian festival in the historic Dallas West End from noon till 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13. Details:

  • Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008
  • Time: Noon - 9 p.m.
  • Location: Dallas West End, extending on Market Street from the West End DART rail station to Munger
  • Official Name: Lamborghini Dallas & Boardwalk Maserati Present Syracuse Sausage Italian Festival in the West End
  • Entertainment: Two stages with continuous entertainment; live music by local bands, including King Creole; traditional Italian dance and cultural entertainment, Spaghetti Warehouse spaghetti eating contest, Italian fashion show
  • Car Shows: Lamborghini Dallas & Boardwalk Maserati Car Show, Italian Car Club of the Southwest Vintage Car Show
  • Family Friendly: Plenty of activities for kids of all ages, including bounce castles, face painters, puppeteers, crafts, Segway tours, carriage rides, and more surprises to come

Greyhound Rescue: Petropolitan's Pooch & Pet Parade benefiting the Italian Greyhound Rescue (adoption center at festival)

  • Food & Beverage: West End restaurants, along with other DFW Italian eateries, will offer ethnic and Italian favorites including sausage sandwiches, pizza, pasta, Italian ice and other Italian specialties
  • Parking: Multiple lots on Houston (one block West of the event); several on Lamar (one street East), as well as a large and secure parking garage at the corner of Lamar and McKinney (1½ blocks northeast of the event). Valet parking is available at the corner of Market and Ross for $3.00.

The Italian festival is the third in a year-long series of block party celebrations in the West End this year. Previous festivals for St. Patrick's Day in March and Cinco de Mayo in May drew good crowds. The West End also hosted the 2008 Trinity River Fiesta 4th of July Festival, followed by A Taste of Dallas.

Other upcoming events include the always highly charged Texas-Oklahoma Sports Weekend, Oct. 10-12; The West in West End, Nov. 8-9; Holidays in the West End, Dec. 6 and Mardi Gras in Feb 2009. Sponsorship opportunities are available for all events.

West End Association Event Director Bob Allen said the block parties have become popular with people in the DFW Metroplex, and for out-of-towners, as well.

"We attract a good-natured crowd for these events, not a bunch of rowdies," Allen said. "We get young professionals, families and tourists alike because of the West End's reputation for throwing parties that are fun and safe -- and people can get in and out fast driving or taking DART."

About the West End:
The Dallas West End Historic District offers visitors a window to the past with beautifully preserved and masterfully renovated historical buildings on tree-lined brick streets. Visitors - locals and movie stars alike - find restaurants and pubs offering steaks to sushi, live music, dance clubs, museums, authentic western wear and boot makers as well as ethnic and cultural celebrations scheduled throughout the year. For more information, please visit

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