Festival: Italian Festival
Why you should go:
Buon appetito! At the Italian Festival, you can chow down on fresh pasta and pizza. The weekend event hosted by St. John the Baptist parish will also feature a parade, music and dance performances, and a bocce ball competition.
What to eat & drink:
Pizza lovers, take note: The Italian Festival is the only time of the year that St. John serves its famous Sicilian-style pizza. Other popular Italian vendors will include Berwick Party House and Carfagna's Supermarket.
Ordinarily you'd have to visit the Italian Alps to see folk group Sot La Nape. The 30-member song-and-dance troupe is making its first trip to the U.S. for the Italian Festival, where the group will perform each day.
In addition to a variety of other music and dance performances, check out the American-Italian Idol competition. Italians and non-Italians between the ages of 15-26 can sing songs in Italian for a chance to win $1,000.
You literally can't miss the 800-pound meatball, Columbus' attempt to break a world record. The meatball will be officially weighed at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, and profits from the brown behemoth will support the Columbus Italian Club's scholarship fund.
Italian Festival:What you need to know
When: Friday-Sunday, Oct.8-10
Where: Hamlet and East Lincoln streets, Italian Village
Cost: $5. Children under 12 are free.
Parking: At Sacred Heart Church or The Anchor Companies