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Saluti! Complete guide to Columbus Italian Fest

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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, three-day celebration of the finest food, entertainment and Italian Culture.

Welcome to the 40th year, Columbus.

Visitor Info

  • Hours:
    • Friday, October 11 from 5pm- 11pm
    • Saturday, October 12 from noon- 11pm
    • Sunday, October 13 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- 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, venders, and more.

Food

  • St. John’s Pizza
  • Butch’s Italian Cafe
  • Pelino’s Pasta
  • Carfagna’s
  • Corbo’s Supper
  • Miller’s Nuts
  • And many more!

Other Vendors

  • Italy in Color
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Top Golf
  • Hello Fresh
  • Twist on Olives
  • Shen Yen Chinese Dancers
  • Beauty Box

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:

  • AUSTIN GIORGIO (FROM “THE VOICE”) WITH THE RICK BRUNETTO BIG BAND, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE.
  • SAN GIOVANNI DANCERS, 7:45 PM – 8:15 PM, ROSATI WINDOWS CONTEMPORARY STAGE.

Saturday highlights:

  • ITALIAN CONCERT BAND, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE
  • THE SICILIAN TENORS WITH THE RICK BRUNETTO BIG BAND, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM, CARFAGNA’S TRADITIONAL STAGE.

Sunday highlights: 

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

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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
  • Marching band competition

Other Activities

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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Brick by Brick: Lego popup bar is the ultimate nostalgia trip

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With playsets encompassing everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Legos remain a go-to for kids of all ages. Now, the colorful little blocks are preparing for their greatest team-up of all—with booze, of course!

A new popup event called "The Brick Bar" is bringing the fun of Legos to a bar near you for an exclusive 2-day engagement this March.

Bringing over 1 million blocks to the party, the event organizers will transform The Kitchen at 231 E Livingston Ave. with unique lego sculptures, as well as an abundance of blocks for people to shape into their own creations. Prizes for the best builders, DJs, and a ping-pong table (built entirely from Lego bricks, of course) are also in the mix for your nostalgia-driven enjoyment.

For ticket information, dates, and more, visit The Brick Bar Eventbrite page or follow them on Facebook.

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Hit Your Peak: 3 worth-the-drive ski slopes near Columbus

Asa Herron

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The cursed Ohio Winter Monster has made its presence known to all with its 5pm sunsets, snow storms, and seasonal depression for all. How are you going to fight back against the gloom this year? It may seem like it’s impossible to do fun things with your friends or to stay active in the winter, but I’m here to tell you that not all hope is lost. Finding a new hobby is a great way to kick your winter woes to the curb and start the new decade on a good foot.

Skiing can be a great way to casually exercise with friends and resuscitate your serotonin levels. Here are three high quality places to ski within driving distance of Columbus for you to check out.

MAD RIVER MOUNTAIN

Located in Zanesfield, Mad River Mountain is about an hour's drive northwest of Columbus. They have the most reasonable prices of all the nearby ski resorts. Plus, their on-property bar, The Loft, has 12 taps of craft beers on rotation to add a little more fun to the night. Mad River is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays, too, so you’re getting a full Friday night of flurries.

Mad River is home to over 20 trails (spanning 3.9 miles) and four terrain parks making it the largest ski resort in Ohio. They also bolster ten ski lifts (the most in Ohio) and are tied with Snowtrails for the largest vertical drop in the state with their 300 foot slope. An added perk of Mad River is that they just built a new $6.2 million facility in 2016 to replace the space they lost to a fire in 2015. Plus, most of their trails are designated “easy” difficulty. Mad River has everything you need to have a relaxing, affordable day of skiing.

Details on hours and pricing can be found at www.skimadriver.com.

SNOWTRAILS

Founded in 1961, Snowtrails is Ohio’s oldest ski resort. It is located in Mansfield, so also about an hour drive north. This resort is only slightly more expensive, with lift rates starting at $31 for midweek evenings and $52 for all-day on the weekends, with skis, boots, and pole rentals are $37. If there’s one day this month that you visit Snowtrails, let it be January 25 for their mid-season party. Get ready for an outdoor DJ, a custom built snowbar, and a fireworks show 30 minutes after the slopes close for the night. Not into skiing? No problem! The party is free and open to the public, so let your expert friends hit the slopes while you hit the spirits at the snow bar.

Snowtrails is the second largest resort in the state with six ski lifts and 3.3 miles of trails. The majority of their trails are designated “intermediate” difficulty, so more experienced skiers will enjoy their time here.

More information can be found at www. snowtrails.com.

BOSTON MILLS & BRANDYWINE

Boston Mills & Brandywine is the farthest ski resort from Columbus on this list, but great for a full weekend away. This quaint resort is in Peninsula, OH is a two hour drive from Central Ohio. Their pricing is $40 after 3:30 p.m. and $45 for an all-day pass. Staying another night? Come back on Saturday for $5 Late Nights admission from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Boston Mill & Brandywine ski resort is known for being especially conducive to beginning skiers. They offer high quality lessons and will walk you through the process. This is the place to go if you have “stupid” questions about skiing, or just want to tube. However, they also appeal to veteran skiers as the majority of their 18 trails are designated “advanced”. Despite the high quantity of trails, this resort is much smaller than the other two, with only 1.2 miles of skiable trails, and their largest vertical drop being 264 feet. But for these prices? Could definitely be worth the trip.

Learn more about Boston Mills & Brandywine at www.bmbw.com.

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Watch: “World’s largest mural” in Short North is more than meets the eye

Regina Fox

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At a glance, "The Journey AR Mural" adorning the Graduate Columbus hotel in Short North is stunning. Look a little harder, and it actually comes to life.

Standing at over 107 feet tall and over 11,000 square feet of augmented reality, "The Journey AR Mural," is the world's largest AR mural, offering technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.

The gaily-painted snapdragons, hibiscus, Easter lilies, and hummingbirds bloom and fly when viewed through the Journey AR Mural app (free for iPhone and Android). Watch the murals come to life in the video below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7PRvBxpBkI/

Los Angeles-based artists Ryan Sarfati and Eric Skotnes (going by “Yanoe” and “Zoueh," respectively) are the creatives behind the project.

In an interview with Short North Arts District, Skotnes revealed he was inspired to take on the project after learning that Columbus is home to the second largest population of Somali immigrants in the country—he hopes the murals symbolize strength and prosperity for its viewers.

To learn more about The Journey AR Mural, visit shortnorth.org.

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