Italian Festival

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Italian Festival Southeast Expo Center
4500 W Hwy 270
McAlester, OK 74501

Phone: 918-470-8958   918-421-9403
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The annual Italian Festival in McAlester has been one of the finest annual events in Oklahoma since its inception. Held on Saturday and Sunday, the festival draws thousands of visitors to the Southeast Expo Center for this two-day event. Join the many thousands of festival-goers who enjoy delicious Italian food, live entertainment for all ages and shopping among the hundreds of vendors, craft show booths and fine art booths.

The first Italian Festival in McAlester was held in 1971. The brainchild of Krebs restaurant owner Bill Prichard, owner of  the "world famous" Pete's Place, the Italian Festival was created to honor the Italian heritage in this area of Oklahoma. During the first four years, the festival was held around Columbus Day in McAlester's Chadick Park. Food was prepared in the homes of the area residents and brought to the site for the one-day festival. In 1975, the festival became a two-day affair on Labor Day Weekend, and in 1977, it moved closer to Memorial Day.

The annual Italian Festival in McAlester has been one of the finest annual events in Oklahoma since its inception. Held on Saturday and Sunday, the festival draws thousands of visitors to the Southeast Expo Center for this two-day event. Join the many thousands of festival-goers who enjoy delicious Italian food, live entertainment for all ages and shopping among the hundreds of vendors, craft show booths and fine art booths.

The first Italian Festival in McAlester was held in 1971. The brainchild of Krebs restaurant owner Bill Prichard, owner of  the "world famous" Pete's Place, the Italian Festival was created to honor the Italian heritage in this area of Oklahoma. During the first four years, the festival was held around Columbus Day in McAlester's Chadick Park. Food was prepared in the homes of the area residents and brought to the site for the one-day festival. In 1975, the festival became a two-day affair on Labor Day Weekend, and in 1977, it moved closer to Memorial Day.

The festival has grown into one of the largest festivals in the state, and features one of the largest arts and crafts shows in Oklahoma, as well as delicious and freshly-prepared Italian food. The festival grounds include a giant expo center building and several smaller buildings. The buildings are used primarily for arts and crafts exhibitors, as well as other festival activities.

McAlester's Italian Festival also features a wide array of activities designed exclusively for children including pony rides, Italian games, an obstacle course and plenty of summertime amusements.  Stick around for the carnival, midway games and rides, as well as live music and karaoke. Whether looking to win the festival's famous spaghetti eating contest, or just searching for a pleasant way to spend a late-springtime day, McAlester's Italian Festival will keep you entertained and well-fed.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-270

  • Projected Attendance: 5,000

Located 1 mile east of Indian Nation Turnpike and 3 miles west of McAlester on Hwy 270.

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From owner on 05/08/16

For a inside booth you need to contact Cindy @918-424-5752 after 5:00. For outside booth you need to contact Bob @918-470-9430. Thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/07/16

For vendor information, please use the phone number or email address listed at the top of this page to reach the event coordinator directly.


From Frances Henry on 05/07/16

I am interested in an outside space 10x20 for vendor. I have done your festival before both inside and out.


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