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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Promotional value expires Oct 13, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $5 for one-day festival admission for two (a $10 value)
  • $10 for one-day festival admission for four (a $20 value)

Held at the St. John the Baptist Italian Catholic Church, the festival takes place from Friday, October 11, to Sunday, October 13. It runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Live music includes performances from artists such as tenor Elio Scaccio backed by the Rick Brunetto Big Band. Sunday’s parade, which starts at 2 p.m., showcases Italian culture with troupes of dancers, high-school marching bands, and Italian cars that honk with a noticeable accent. Visitors can also compete in games of bocce ball; entertain their youngsters on the miniature rides; or feast on pizza, meatballs, and piping-hot italian sausages. Kids aged 12 or younger can enter for 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, a cultural parade, and a film festival featuring the work of famous Italian directors, actors, or boom-mike operators.

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.

Enter the Bocce Competition. On Sunday watch the Marching Band Competition and the International Final of The Pesto Championship. Winner heads to Genoa, Italy in 2018.

Customer Reviews

It is a GREAT festival full of delicious food. We were on the fence before, but with the Groupon it was a no brainer! Count us in again for next year!
Nicole D. · February 5, 2014
My family and I had a very nice time at the Italian Festival. I love the neighborhood and the festival activities and of course the food was delicious!
Victoria O. · October 20, 2013
Thank you for continuing this deal! I came last year and used this deal to save some money. I will definitely come back and tell others so they can enjoy the festival.
Kim S. · October 19, 2013

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