The Columbus Italian Festival is this weekend, here's everything you need to know


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Every year on Columbus Day weekend, the Italian community comes together for a three-day celebration.

Here's what you need to know about the 2019 Columbus Italian Festival:

Italian Village (720 Hamlet St. - MAP)

Friday, Oct. 11: 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13: Noon - 7 p.m.

$5 at the door; free for 12 and under with adult admission.
Call: 614-249-8259 or email to purchase tickets in advance.


Columbus Italian Festival


Shuttle parking is available at the Columbus State Community College south lot at Long and Cleveland. Parking and shuttle are both free.

Shuttle schedule:

  • Friday: 3 p.m. - midnight
  • Saturday:10 am - midnight
  • S​unday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Additional Public Parking: Available in the lot directly across from the festival on 4th St. The parking lot entrance will be off of 4th Street as you enter the festival just past the I-670 overpass. The parking fee is $10 per car.

Handicap Parking: Handicap parking will be available at the Capital City Awning Lot on 4th St. across from Smith Bros.


Parade: Celebrate Columbus and Italian Heritage pride by march or watching the family friendly Columbus Day Italian Parade & High School Marching Bands Competition.

For the kids: Rides and family friendly activities for kids all weekend long.

Cuciniamo - We Cook: Italian cooking demonstrations all day long in our cultural tent. Learn how to make some great Italian dishes.

Jackpot split: Do you feel lucky? Huge Jackpot to be awarded Sunday at 6:00.

More activities >>


The date of the first Italian festival was set for the weekend of September 20th and 21st 1980. The location chosen was the most central and accessible possible, the Lausche Building on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. In 1999, the Columbus Italian Festival was moved to its current home on the grounds of St. John The Baptist Italian Catholic Church. As one of Columbus’ premier festivals it now annually attracts over 35,000 visitors. Read more >>