Columbus Italian Festival

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Three-day festival celebrates Italian heritage with live shows, a parade with marching bands, and authentic Italian food

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Held at the St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, the festival runs from October 5 to 7. It runs from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday. Live music includes performances from artists such as Dennis Tufano, the original voice of the popular 1960s band The Buckinghams. Dom Tiberi the weekday sports anchor on 10TV News leads Sunday’s parade, which starts at 2 p.m. and showcases Italian culture with troupes of dancers, high-school marching bands, and Italian cars that honk with a noticeable accent. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, fans can nosh on Italian food and listen to music from Reaganomics at ItaliaGate while gearing up to watch the Buckeyes play Nebraska on a 13-foot screen. Visitors can also compete in games of bocce ball, entertain their youngsters on the miniature train and other rides, or feast on pizza, meatballs, and piping-hot italian sausages. Kids younger than 12 can enter free with a paying adult.

Columbus Italian Festival

Founded 38 years ago to foster cultural pride in Italian American heritage, the Columbus Italian Festival still hews to its original trifecta of values: faith, family, and friends. Held at St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, the festival has swelled from its inaugural crowd of 10,000 to more than 35,000. The festivities, which go on for three days, honor Columbus’s vibrant Italian community with live music, a smorgasbord of Italian cuisine, and a cultural parade.

Visitors can also enjoy cooking and language classes as well as a travelogue to assist with travel plans to Italy. Guests can also learn about Italy's diverse regions and history of Italian saints from sponsor The Bishop Watterson Italian Language students.

Customer Reviews

always amazing.
Erin I. · July 8, 2013
Great food!!!
Ashley D. · October 22, 2012
Best festival in Columbus!
Bob H. · December 11, 2015

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