05/13/2017 to 05/14/2017 - McAlester, OK - Italian Festival
Italian Festival - May 13, 2017 to May 14, 2017
Southeast Expo Center
4500 W Hwy 270
McAlester, OK 74501
Phone: 918-470-8958 918-421-9403
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.