Welcome to Ottawa Italian Week Festival!

June 8 -18, 2017

Join us for our party before Canada's big 150th party
and be Italian for 10 days with us!


As we prepare to celebrate Canada's 150th, the Ottawa Italian Week Festival Organizing Committee prepares to bring you yet another amazing festival offering to everyone from anywhere, the experience of "Being Italian" and celebrating all that is Italian Art, Culture and History, for 10 special days in June. Join us to create new memories, share in the experience and be Italian.

The Ottawa Italian Week Festival is a collaborative event, brought to you by Settimana Italiana Inc., The Preston Street BIA, the Ottawa Ferrari Festival, the Italian Car Show & Parade and the Preston Street Criterium Bike Race.

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Ci vediamo!

2017 Event Experience

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
June 8, 2017
Launch Party & Dance
Italian Week Festival Gala
June 9, 2017
Italian Themed Paint Nites
St. Anthony's Feast Day
June 10-11, 2017
Italian Themed Paint Nites
Italian Themed PaintNites
to be announced
Grand Finale Weekend
Kids' Zone
June 17-18, 2017
Grand Finale Weekend
12th Annual Ferrari Festival
June 16-18, 2017
Grand Finale Weekend
37th Annual Italian Car Show
June 16-18, 2017
Grand Finale Weekend
Preston Street Bike Race
June 18, 2017
Grand Finale Weekend
Grand Finale Weekend
June 16-18, 2017

Take a tour of the 2016 events

Sponsor or advertise with us

Be a part of it all!

In the heart of Little Italy on Preston Street, your business would benefit from a sponsorship with us that would include live entertainment, food and drinks as well as activities for kids. Gain exposure to an attentive audience of over 150,000 festivalgoers during the Grand Finale Weekend, June 16-18 weekend. People from the Greater Ottawa area and beyond will see your message.

Other benefits include:

  • Access to a captive audience from the greater Ottawa-Gatineau region
  • Onsite display and sampling of your product and enhancing of your brand profile.
  • Create an interactive experience
  • Generate interest and gain exposure
  • Target your specific demographics

Find out more in our Sponsorship Opportunities Guide for 2017.
If you prefer, you can also choose to advertise in the Festival Program Guide.

Volunteer with the Ottawa Italian Week Festival

Ciao! Want to get involved with this great cultural event?
Come celebrate being Italian with us and volunteer! Volunteers are the bloodline of our festival and we are growing our team and we need YOU!

You'll receive an event T-shirt to wear during your shifts, delicious food and non-alcoholic beverages and share in the experience! We are looking for people from 14 to 99 that are interested in offering their time. This year's festival will take place over several days mostly on Preston Street, from June 8th to the 18th, 2017.

Ci vediamo a presto!

Our Mission

As the Organizing Committee for the 2016-2017 Ottawa Italian Week Festival prepares the programming, we want to share with you our vision and mission for the 2017 Ottawa Italian Week Festival.

The vision of the Ottawa Italian Week Festival is to bring an event that shares in celebrating the rich diversity of the Italian-Canadian community where we can share our culture, food and drink, music, artisans and the vibrant passions of its people. Now in its 43rd year, the Ottawa Italian Week Festival remains one of the oldest and largest cultural festivals in Ottawa. It continues to grow each year drawing a large number of residents and tourists to Ottawa's Little Italy on Preston Street. The Italian Week Festival wants to reach the greater Ottawa community, non-Italians, to celebrate what it means to be Italian.

The Organizing Committee would like to acknowledge our important partners in this event:

  • The City of Ottawa
  • The Preston Street BIA
  • The Ferrari Festival of Ottawa
  • The Italian Car Show and Parade
  • The Preston Street Criterium Bike Race

We also want to acknowledge St. Anthony's Church, the Ottawa Police and Festivals Ottawa for their continued support and collaboration. It is the collective effort of all these organizations and generous contributions of all the sponsors that make the Ottawa Italian Week Festival possible. This collective effort is the driving force which inspires us to improve and enrich the Italian experience, year after year.

Meet members of the committee

Tony Mariani
Tony Mariani
Gina Maddalena
Gina Maddalena
VP - Operations & Treasurer
Isabelle Moroni
Isabelle Moroni
VP - Marketing & Sponsorships | Artist Liaison
Tony Lofaro
Tony Lofaro
Media Relations
Gina Maddalena
Gianna Inglese
Social Media & Communications

Our Partners

BIA Ferrari ICCC City of Ottawa Ottawa Festival L'ora di Ottawa CHIN Radio HOT 89.9FM


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