Bella Italia's Eighth Annual

Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament


Saturday, October 3, 2015
Downtown Columbia at
Robert Mills House & Hampton-Preston Mansion
Historic Grounds
1615 & 1616 Blanding Street
  • Open to the Public
  • Free Admission
  • Free Entertainment &
    Attractions for ALL!

The Bella Italia Lodge 2808-Columbia hosts this event each year to increase awareness of the local Italian community - its heritage and culture. Taking place in the heart of downtown Columbia, visitors enjoy a day of free entertainment, great Italian foods and refreshments, dancing, a display of classic Italian autos, an Italian market, and much more!

Feeling competitive? Get a partner and enter our Bocce Tournament. Bocce, an old world game similar to lawn bowling, is fun, easy to learn, and enjoyed by both men and women. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three winning teams. Teams can sign in on site or call in advance to reserve a spot - entries are limited. Click here for more info on the tournament or e-mail Domenico Santoro at
Want to help out and be a part of the festival? Sponsorships are available that can highlight your business and show your support for our community. The Italian Festival has grown in popularity and size since the first one held in 2008 and attracts thousands of visitors for the event. . With your contribution, our lodge goal to "serve and give back to the community" can be achieved and this year's festival will be the best ever!
In addition to celebrating all things Italian, our festival raises funds for various charities throughout Columbia. Our lodge has contributed to Harvest Hope Food Bank, The Oliver Gospel Mission, Christ Central Mission; paid for Veterans Memorial trips to Washington, DC; and assisted various other humanitarian efforts around the region. A portion of our proceeds is also earmarked to provide college scholarships to worthy students in the Midlands.

Tickets are required for purchase of food, beverages, festival merchandise and some events. Ticket sales are available on site. Purchases from retail vendors selling merchandise are cash basis. Click here for more information on reserving vendor space.

Mark you calendar and come enjoy the day at this year's Italian Festival!

TARANTELLA - Participate and Learn the Italian folk for adults & children!

Click here to see the video

Festival Contact

Domenico Santoro, Festival Chair
Tel 803-413-7124