Steubenville Celebrates Its Native Son

As an entertainment icon, Dean Martin is remembered every year in his hometown of Steubenville. The 2024 Dean Martin Festival will highlight his music and life June 13-15.

The center of the celebration is held at The Spot Bar with a karaoke contest on Thursday evening, a tribute to Dean Martin by Russ Loniello on Friday evening, and entertainment by Bob Morelli (Dean Martin) and Dave Salera (Frank Sinatra) followed by Joe Scalissi with a Dean Martin tribute on Saturday evening.

On Thursday evening, the Fort Steuben Concert Series will present Dean Martin themed performances by Bob Morelli, the Vince Villanova Big Band, and a Rat Pack Tribute show.

Other events offered around town include opening the Dean Martin Room at the Jefferson County Historical Museum on Saturday from 11-4. Earlier on Saturday morning, runners & walkers can participate in the Dino Dash 5K in the beautiful Beatty Park with music (Nail City Brass Band, 8:30-10:30am), refreshments for all, and information canopies for Dean Martin Association, Friends of Beatty Park and Jefferson County Genealogy Society. The Steubenville Visitor Center will offer Dino’s Downtown Trolley Rides from 11-4 on Saturday highlighting the significant sites and many of the City of Murals artworks.

Throughout Saturday, the Visitor Center will host a display of Dean Martin memorabilia and run a video of clips from Martin’s movies and television show where he mentions his hometown: “Sweet Memories of Steubenville.” The Steubenville Art Association will have a show and sale of original work related to the day.

As part of the celebration, Historic Fort Steuben will offer reduced entrance fees and have displays on Steubenville history. Downtown shops will have Dean Martin specials as well.

For more information on these and other attractions in Steubenville, contact the Steubenville Visitor Center, 740.283.4935 or go to www.VisitSteubenville.com.