The Columbus Day Weekend Festival returns to Federal Hill Oct. 8–11, 2021, presented by the Federal Hill Commerce Association. Don’t miss this festival full of amazing food, savory pastries, live entertainment, games, rides and, of course, the much-anticipated annual parade. This year’s festival will feature the La Cucina Galbani ® Cooking Stage each day, located at America Street and Atwells AvenueHave 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

Crowds of people at the Columbus Day Festival in Federal Hill

There will be three stages along the festival route featuring live entertainment throughout the weekend. The entertainment schedule will be announced soon. Bring the kids along to enjoy carnival games and rides and maybe even some special treats like cotton candy or a candy apple.

Mangia, Mangia, Mangia!

Cannoli with whipped cream, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle on a white plate

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.

But don't be fooled, 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

Clowns wave at the Annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade

The annual Columbus Day Parade, a real treat for the whole family, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10 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.