McAlester Italian Festival
May 08, 2020 to May 09, 2020
4500 W Hwy 270
The annual Italian Festival in McAlester has been a beloved Oklahoma tradition since its inception. Held on Friday and Saturday, the festival draws thousands to the Southeast Expo Center for this two-day event. Join festival-goers to enjoy delicious Italian food, live entertainment for all ages and shopping among the hundreds of vendors, craft show booths and fine art booths.
First held in 1971 and created by Pete's Place owner Bill Prichard, this festival was created to honor the Italian heritage in this area of Oklahoma. During its 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.
Currently one of the largest festivals in the state, today's festival features one of the largest arts and crafts shows in Oklahoma, as well as delicious and freshly-prepared Italian food. 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 you're 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.