Montreal’s well-represented Italian community will be celebrating it’s 26th annual Italian Week in August.
The week-long festival will be celebrated throughout the island, promoting the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops, and obviously, food.
Anchored primarily in Little Italy, the festival also branches out to Montreal-Nord, Laval, Lasalle, NDG, and St-Léonard.
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“The Italian community is one of the largest ethnocultural groups in Quebec and contributes significantly to its social and economic development,” reads the Italian Week website. According to the 2016 census, Quebec now has nearly 326,700 people of Italian ethnic origin, including more than 147,015 in Montreal alone.
You can’t have an Italian festival without the food, it’s a no-brainer. The street’s restaurant terraces will be in full swing, local outlets will be on-site and there will be a dessert contest that festival-goers will be able to sample.
As if trying heaps of tiramisu isn’t enough to entice you, Italian Week will also showcase a slew of over 500 vintage Italian cars.
Italian fashion will also be celebrated as Italian-Montreal designers showcase new trends at various outdoor fashion shows throughout the week.
The festival also includes an Italian film festival, a musical play titled “La Dolce Vita en Exil,” a pasta-making workshop, a scopa tournament, an outdoor opera, and a dessert-eating contest.
Visit the Italian Week website for more details and full schedules.
When: August 9 to 18
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Various locations throughout Montreal
Price: Free admission