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Saluti! Complete guide to Columbus Italian Fest

Faith. Family. Friends.

Those are the three pillars put into place by Fr. Casto Marrapese who began the dream of an extraordinary event intended to make American/Italians proud of their heritage, faith and morals.

Today, those pillars and that dream have taken the form of Columbus Italian Fest, an annual, 3-day celebration of the finest food, entertainment and Italian Culture.

Welcome to the 38th year, Columbus.

Visitor Info

  • Hours:
    • Friday, October 5 from 5- 11pm
    • Saturday, October 6 from noon- 11pm
    • Sunday, October 7 from noon- 7pm
  • $5.00 at door, free under 12 with adult admission
  • Free parking and shuttle service available at the Columbus State Community College south lot at Long and Cleveland
    • Shuttle times: Friday- 3pm- 12am midnight
      Saturday- 10am to 12am midnight
      Sunday- 9am-8pm
  •  Parking available in the lot directly across from the festival on 4th St
  • $10 parking available in the lot off of 4th street as you enter the festival just past the I-670 over pass
  • Handicap parking will be available at the Capital City Awning Lot on 4th St. across from Smith Bros
  • All Volunteers will park at the Columbus State Lot

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Food & vendors

There will be more than 50 booths to visit at the fest including plenty of food options, coffee cosmetics, #SaveTheCrew and many more.

Food

  • St. John’s Pizza
  • Mangiamo
  • Gold Star
  • Carfagna’s
  • The Berwick
  • Miller’s Nuts

Other Vendors

  • Italy in Color
  • #SaveTheCrew
  • Top Golf
  • Hello Fresh
  • Twist on Olives
  • Das Kaffe Haus
  • Jazz 98.5

Don’t forget the beer and wine tents!

More vendor information on festival map

Entertainment

Entertainment ranges from dancers, to singers to choirs, to marching bands and more.

Friday highlights:

  • PMSAN GIOVANNI DANCERS, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE @5:30 PM – 6:15 
  • PMSAL (THE VOICE) VALENTINETTI WITH THE RICK BRUNETTO BIG BAND, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE @7:00 PM – 8:00

Saturday highlights:

  • ITALIAN CONCERT BAND, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE @2 PM – 3
  • URBAN TRANSIT, ROSATI WINDOWS CONTEMPORARY STAGE @5:30 PM – 8
  • MICHEAL CASTALDO WITH THE RICK BRUNETTO BIG BAND, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE @9 PM – 11

Sunday highlights: 

  • COLUMBUS ITALIAN PARADE @1 PM – 2
  • MARCHING BAND COMPETITION, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE @2 PM – 2:45
  • ARISTOS, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE @5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

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Culture

Parade

  • Sunday @1 PM
  • Route: From Line-up on Dennison Avenue, East on Buttles Ave, North on High Street, to East on Warren Ave to end at 4th Street
  • 2018 Grand Marshal: Linda Shetina Logan, founding and current Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports
    Commission
  • Marching band competition

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Demonstrations

Bocce Ball Tournament

Watch the competition beginning Saturday at 12:30pm. Finals begin at 8pm.

Kids activities

There will be rides operating all day long for the kiddos plus balloon animals, rock climbing and so much more.

 

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