Bella Italia's Sixth Annual

Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Downtown Columbia at
Robert Mills House & Hampton-Preston Mansion
1615 & 1616 Blanding Street
11am - 10pm
  • Open to the Public
  • Free Admission
  • Free Entertainment &
    Attractions for ALL!

Italian Festival 2013 - Watch our TV ad!

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 contact Bryan Kerouac, by e-mail.
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. Click to download the Sponsorship Brochure & Form. 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!

Features & Events

Ray Massa's EuroRhythms

"from Columbus, Ohio, the most recognized and dynamic Italian-American show band coast-to-coast"
The Fettuccini Brothers

"comedy & juggling wrapped into one, brothers Al & Al perform tricks galore...hilarious!"
"Castra Romana"

The impressive Roman Centurions in authentic period uniforms
TARANTELLA - Participate and Learn the Italian folk for adults & children!

Click here to see the video

Festival Contact

Nick D. Pizzuti, Festival Chair
Tel 803-600-3720 or 803-957-5522 - Pizzuti Builders, Inc.

Overnight Accommodations AT DISCOUNT RATES are only a click away! Through partnership with the following hotel in the downtown Columbia area, discounted room rates are being made available during the weekend of the 2013 Sons of Italy Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament for festival visitors, including members of any Sons of Italy lodge; and participating vendors. Dates that the discount applies include: Friday, September 27; Saturday, September 28 (day of festival); and Sunday, September 29. Simply click the hotel link and you will be directed to the hotel's homepage to begin the registration process.

1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

The Columbia Marriott is located just blocks from the festival site in the heart of this "Famously Hot" city. The hotel features all of the modern amenities including wired and wireless high speed internet access, the City Center Grille restaurant, Garnet's Sport Bar, Star Bucks Cafe, a recently renovated concierge lounge and a heated indoor pool, with hot tub & sun deck. Complimentary airport shuttle is available. Click here for reservation information. To obtain special rate, reservation must be booked by 9/3/2013.


per night