The Columbus Day Weekend Festival returns to Federal Hill Oct. 12–14. Don’t miss the three-day festival, full of amazing food, savory pastries, live entertainment, games and, of course, the much-anticipated annual parade. The smell of sausages on the grill, fresh ravioli and grilled pizza are just a sample of some of the diverse offerings served up and down Atwells Avenue. Have no fear, parts of the street are closed for the duration of the festival, perfect for strolling through the outdoor event with family or friends.
Live Entertainment, Games & Rides
There will be three stages along the festival route featuring live entertainment throughout the weekend. Stage areas will be set up at DePasquale Plaza, Bank of America and St. John’s Park, at the corner of Atwells Avenue and Sutton Avenue. Bring along the kids to enjoy carnival games and rides, and maybe even some special treats like cotton candy or a candy apple.
Mangia, Mangia, Mangia!
In true Italian fashion, there will be plenty of food and then some. Stop at the various food vendors along the festival route for a freshly made meatball sandwich, dine at the tables outside the noteworthy restaurants on the Hill, or have a bite by the fountain in the iconic DePasquale Plaza. Don’t miss Venda Bar’s famous sangria, served at the outdoor bar in the Plaza. Federal Hill offers so much more than Italian cuisine. Stop by Don Jose Tequilas for authentic Mexican cuisine or Opa for their homemade hummus, which is to die for! Don’t forget about dessert — finish off your day with some sweets from Scialo Bros. Bakery or Pastiche.
Bring Your Family for the Annual Parade
The Annual Columbus Day Parade, a real treat for the whole family, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. on Atwells Avenue. Colorful floats, marching bands, dignitaries, fire trucks and more make this a not-to-miss event during the festival.