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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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Endless Summer: Update on Woodlands Backyard volleyball dome

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About two years ago, year-around sand volleyball at Woodlands Backyard was but a conversation. Today, we're seeing a little less talk and a lot more action.

The rec bar has announced that they are in the midst of construction an all-seasons dome where volleyballers can bump, set, and spike in subzero temperatures. No matter if we're dealt another Polar Vortex this winter, the Woodlands Backyard dome will be kept at a balmy 72 degrees.

The dome will consist of six courts. Play is expected to begin in November, though the grand opening date has yet to be announced. The second session of indoor sand volleyball is scheduled for January 6.

League registration begins Friday, October 18.

We know this development has been a long time coming, so for those skeptics, Woodlands promises that if the dome falls though, "we will refund you and then go go crawl under a rock and never come out."

To learn more visit woodlandsbackyard.com.

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Watch: 2019 FIT Week hype video is LIVE

Regina Fox

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Columbus, we know it's becoming sweater weather, but that's no excuse to not give your body the exercised-induced endorphins it deserves.

Join (614) for a week of health, exercise, beauty, and discounts at dozens of gyms and business across the city during the 7th FIT Week.

From October 14- 19 spice up your workout regime with free classes to gyms and studios you've always wanted to try and discounted meals apparel from places you've always wanted to go—all for a mere $12!

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Plus, your pass gets you access to the Kick-Off party on Monday, October 14th at Gravity from 5:30pm- 7pm. Sample and shop participating FIT Week partners while getting your sweat on through four, 15-minute workout classes.

Even better? Stick around after for Gravity’s Monday Movie Night featuring Wonder Woman.

C'mon, Columbus, let's get FIT!

Available to you with your FIT Week Pass, classes and discounts from:

  • 614Fitness (50% off)
  • Abundant You Chiro (80%+ off)
  • Arena District Athletic Club (free classes!)
  • Berry Blendz (BOGO smoothie)
  • Cycle Bar Easton
  • Divine Impact Fitness (free classes!)
  • Grandview Chiropractic Center (free exam & x-ray!)
  • Hai Poké (free chips & drink)
  • Heartfelt (free classes!)
  • Melt House of Fitness (free classes!)
  • Mesh Fitness (25% off)
  • Oak Studio (free classes!)
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • PAI Yoga & Fitness (free classes!)
  • Pinnacle Performance (2 extra weeks free!)
  • Premier at Sawmill (1 week free – classes, pool..)
  • Restore Cryo (20% off)
  • Seven Studios (free classes!)
  • Shed (free classes!)
  • Shred 415 (free classes!)
  • The Fitness Loft (7-day trial!)
  • The Human Form (free class!)
  • Zen Yoga (first week free!)
  • Zyia Active ($10 off)

...and MORE!

**Already purchased a pass? Be on the lookout for class schedules and discount details to be emailed to you Friday, October 11th by 4p!**

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Sonic Temple 2020 books one of the biggest heavy metal acts of all time

Mike Thomas

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Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

One of the "big four" of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit sonictemplefestival.com/.

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