Columbus Day Festival

A reunion festival celebrating Columbus Day Festival on Federal Hill is being organized October 8-11, 2021 by the Federal Hill Commerce Association. There is a festival on Atwell’s Avenue between Dean and Sutton Street. Rick Simone, FHCA president, said, “The association is very excited about bringing back this annual tradition.”. At this year’s festival, there will be a cooking stage located at our American and Atwell’s Avenue locations each day. Chefs from the Providers will be doing demonstrations and the schedule will be announced soon.

On Federal Hill Avenue, guests can enjoy over 20 restaurants that have expanded seating or are offering additional menu items. Participating restaurants include Bacco, Zooma, Venda Ravioli, Tavolo, Plaza Kitchen & Bar, Opa, Federal Hill Taphouse, and Providence Oyster Bar. Atwells Avenue will also be lined with dozens of food and retail vendors, games, and amusement rides. Over the course of the festival grounds, there will be three stages for entertainment. Soon, a complete entertainment schedule will be released.

The festival begins Friday October 8th at 5pm until midnight. Saturday and Sunday, October 9- 10 the hours are 11am – midnight, and Monday October 11th 11am – 8pm. The festival’s opening ceremony is at 12pm on Saturday at the DePasquale Plaza stage.

Bob D’Uva, the former Chairman of the board who sadly passed away, is the recipient of this year’s Federal Hill Commerce Association honor. It’s time for the annual Columbus Day parade to begin at 11 am on Sunday, October 10. The There are two parade routes – Harris Avenue and Dean Street along Atwells Avenue. This entire area will be closed to vehicle traffic during the time of the parade. 

Columbus Day Weekend Festival on Federal Hill


Crowds of people at the Columbus Day Festival in Federal Hill

Throughout the weekend, live entertainment will be provided on three stages along the festival route. It will be announced soon what will be on the entertainment schedule. You can even enjoy cotton candy or a candy apple as a special treat as well as carnival games and rides.


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

We’ll have plenty of food and then some in true Italian fashion. Try freshly made meatball sandwiches from the food vendors along the festival route, relax by the fountain in DePasquale Plaza, or have lunch outside a famous restaurant on the Hill. You can enjoy a drink at the Plaza’s outdoor bar, Venda Bar, which serves famous sangria.

Do not let Federal Hill’s Italian cuisine deceive you; it offers so much more! You cannot go wrong with Don Jose Tequilas, which serves authentic Mexican cuisine, or Opa, which makes homemade hummus that is out of this world! Scialo Bros. offers a wide variety of desserts to round out your meal. Pastis or bakery.


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.

There are so many things to do in Greater Philadelphia from Friday, October 8 to Monday, October 11, 2021, that leisure-seekers in the region will find a long three-day weekend to be welcomed.

As of 2021, Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be celebrated on the second Monday in October in Philadelphia. There will be celebrations of Indigenous peoples throughout the weekend, as well as events like haunted houses, harvest festivals, and not-too-scary family-friendly activities.

The weekend will also feature Philly Music Fest, DesignPhiladelphia, a blockbuster Jasper Johns exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more.

Keep health and safety in mind if you’re out and about over the long weekend: businesses and attractions in Philadelphia require proof of vaccination or mask wear. It is still recommended or necessary to reserve tickets in advance at many places. Preparation is your best option. 

Trying to figure out what to do in Philadelphia? Call the Independence Visitor Center to speak with a visitor experience expert at 800-537-7676 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m seven days a week. They’ll help you navigate all the great things you can do right now in Greater Philadelphia.


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