Columbus Day Weekend Festival

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The Federal Hill Commerce Association is celebrating the 28th Annual Columbus Day Festival on historic Federal Hill from October 12-14, 2019. The Association is pleased to announce this year’s festival will feature three entertainment stages each day. Additionally, dozens of food and retail vendors, the annual parade, games and amusement rides will line Atwells Avenue.

The festival begins on Saturday, October 12th at 10am. This year’s opening ceremony is 12pm on Saturday at the Depasquale Plaza stage.

This year the Federal Hill Commerce Association will honor two people who have made positive impacts on the hill. William DiStefano Jr of the Omni Group will receive the Cianci Civic Award for his commitment to development on Federal Hill. Salvatore Marzilli of the Old Canteen will receive the Associations Legacy Award for over 60 years of family operation at the restaurant.

Renaissance Wine Festival and Cheese Tasting

Returning to Providence we welcome the Renaissance Wine Festival on Saturday, October 12th from 5:30-8:30pm. The festival will take place at St Johns Park located at 354 Atwell’s Avenue, Providence, RI. To celebrate its return to Providence this year’s festival will offer the opportunity to taste up to 80 wines from around the world as well as enjoy a selection of cheeses from Galbani. Guests must 21 years or older. This is a separate event from the Columbus Day Festival. Tickets are $35 per guest and may be purchased at A limited amount of tickets will be available on site.

La Cucina Glabani Cooking Stage

New this year to the festival we welcome Galbani as they bring together Chefs from throughout Providence to showcase various recipes with live demonstrations. The stage will be located in the beautiful St. Johns Park at the corner of Atwells Avenue and Sutton Street. The demonstration tent will feature children’s activities, cheese tastings, and live chef demonstrations all weekend long. Please click here to view the 2019 Galbani Cooking Schedule for each day.

On Sunday, October 13th the annual Columbus Day Parade kicks off at 11am. This year’s parade will feature marching bands, dozens of floats, and civic groups. The parade route is from Harris Avenue to Dean Street along Atwells Avenue. This area will be closed during the time of the parade.

Columbus Day Festival Entertainment Schedule 2019

There will be three Entertainment Stages during the Columbus Day Festival: DePasquale Plaza, Bank of America at Dean Street, and St. John’s Park (Atwells & Sutton).

Please download the 2019 Columbus Day Festival Entertainment Schedule


Please download the 2019 Columbus Day Festival Vendor Application

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