The Federal Hill Commerce Association will be hosting its Annual Columbus Day Weekend Festival on historic Federal Hill October 7–9, 2017. This not-to-miss Italian feast is three days full of great food and entertainment. Parts of Atwells Avenue will even be closed down for the festivities. We put together a quick guide to be sure you're ready to go and you won't miss a thing.

Live Entertainment, Games & Rides

Columbus Day Festival Federal Hill
The kids will love the carnival games and rides mixed in throughout the festival route for a day filled with family fun. There will also be three entertainment stages with live performances all weekend, featuring well-known and top-notch musical talent such as The Driftwoods, Ambrosiani and Reminisce. 

Stage One: DePasquale Plaza
Stage Two: Bank of America Lot
Stage Three: St. John's at Atwell's & Sutton Streets

Saturday, Oct. 7: Performances from 12 p.m.–10 p.m., varying from stage to stage

Sunday, Oct. 8: Performances from 1 p.m.–10 p.m., varying from stage to stage

Monday, Oct. 9: Performances from 1 p.m.–5 p.m., varying from stage to stage


Sample something from food vendors, with offerings ranging from freshly made sausage and peppers to handmade cannoli and anything in between, or dine al fresco at one of the many restaurants and take in the beautiful scenery. Federal Hill restaurants have a taste of something for everyone, not only traditional Italian, but Mexican, Indian and Lebanese. And don't forget to stop into Scialo Bros. Bakery for some dessert before you head home.

Bring Your Family for the Annual Parade

Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade
The annual parade will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Harris and Atwells avenues, then continue down Federal Hill before ending at Dean Street. Always a family favorite, watch as the marching bands, dignitaries, dancers, floats and exciting participants stroll down Atwells Avenue. Make sure to get there early to grab a good spot for viewing! 

There are also many other fun fall events and activities to check out in the Providence area.  Make your plans now!