Subsequent to the City of Ottawa’s statement this week announcing that it is extending its closures of City facilities, services, and public gatherings until June 30th, we must sadly confirm the cancellation of this year’s edition of the festival. We deliver this news with a very heavy heart. 

The importance of home and community are some of the best Italian values, and we can all turn to each other in this time of great uncertainty. 

Grand Finale Weekend, a joint initiative under the banner of the Preston Street BIA, is organized by the following groups, who join us in expressing their regret that the 2020 festival is cancelled:

We regret that we have to cancel the 2020 FCA Ottawa Ferrari Festival for this year, and we want to thank all the sponsors, FCA members and volunteers who have all expressed their support during this time. Please be safe and see you all in the future.

Bikerace Ottawa, the organizer of the Preston Street Bicycle Races,  fully understands the need to cancel this year’s festival activities, given the Covid-19 pandemic. The health and safety of everyone is always our top priority. We will get through this and our group will be back to stage this long standing event which is unique in the City of Ottawa. We’ll see you at the races!

The Italian Car Club of Ottawa regrets that, following the direction of public health officials, our 2020 Italian Car Parade is cancelled. Our community’s health and safety is of the utmost concern, and we wish to thank our sponsors and supporters for their understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Preston Street in the near future.

Our hearts go out to everyone being affected by this pandemic, and we wish to thank all the exceptional frontline workers and all those continuing their efforts in service of our community. We would like to encourage everyone to support the local Italian business community. You can buy gift cards and find a full list of businesses that remain open on Preston Street at Now more than ever, these businesses need your support. 

Please remember to follow the directions of our health officials, and work on your perfecting your homemade pasta… ancora pasta! We will be here to welcome you when it’s time to gather again. 

Andrà Tutto Bene,
The Italian Week Ottawa Team

Media Contact: Lydia Di Francesco
Chair of Community Engagement