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Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament

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, [masked] by e-mail or Adrian Falgione at [masked] to sign-up.

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!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun.

    September 28, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    If they had whole wheat flour I could try much more at these events

    September 28, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    Did not get the message of the sudden time change as I left my house about that time or a little earlier, Met Rob at the event though

    September 28, 2013

  • Robert G.

    The late change in the scheduling was unfortunate.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone...I have moved the meet up time to 1pm....At 1 pm I will be at the entrance to Robert Mills House... & will even have a little sign..I have no idea if anyone is attending...but I will be there...
    again... [masked] text if you will attend

    September 28, 2013

  • Michele

    Unexpected family in town

    September 27, 2013

  • Lisa

    I wanted to go but things have come up. I know it's going to taste great!! Have fun!

    September 27, 2013

  • Candace

    I had something else come up. I won't be able to make it. :(

    September 26, 2013

  • Yolanda

    Is it too late to purchase tickets?

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    following the leader..the leader..the leader...ok.. Everyone - lets meet at 11:30 am - At the entrance to the Robert Mills house. How is that? everyone please take my cell number.. we can all meet...eat... & do what ever.. I am playing in the tournament @ 2:30pm. If one other person wants to play on a team.. its only $25 - it is easy & fun.. & would love to have some folks join me...
    [masked]

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    alita.. i can't host. no telling when i'll actually get down there. might be closer to 4 or 5.

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i will host... I am attending.. & playing in tournement..... here is my cell.. we can all meet by 11am[masked]

      September 24, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    One of my Co-workers is finally getting out of Pathways in Atlanta. There is some work to do on his yard, I may be there but late, Will see who is there when I arrive.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ok, it is only $50 dollars to have a team.. not sure again how many are on a team.. 2 - 4 or so?.. but.. who wants to join me & play..its really fun..& easy.. &.. if a few want to do it as a 'meet up' group.. let me know.. i have the form from the organizer of the tournament. Also.. if anyone wants to meet prior to the event.. & go together.. please let me know
    text/call[masked]

    September 23, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    Ok that answers my question, see all there date and time

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.osiacolumbiasc.org/festival.htm is the festival page. not sure when ill get down there.. but italian food always sounds good.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to Robert Mills House

    September 22, 2013

  • Anthony M.

    Bella Lodge????? Where????

    September 22, 2013

  • April H.

    New job put me on schedule Saturday,

    September 22, 2013

  • Robin

    Will try to make it

    September 22, 2013

  • April H.

    Does Meet up have a team I can join? Does it cost anything to enter a team? Is it too late to sign up a team and how?

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bryan Kerouac <[masked]>
      I am going to attend.. & I have emailed this guy & he said he will get me on a team. I love Bocce! So.. let me know if you're attending & I will look for you

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to volunteer at the event.. but would love to someone join me in a round of bocce..its a really easy game.. think bowling minus pins.. I love it! if anyone intersted.. emal me.. & we can meet.. [masked]

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    love bocce ball.. looking forward to this!~

    September 12, 2013

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