MASTERCLASS: GROW YOUR GARDEN WITH THE URBAN BOTANIST

Virtual

Join Emma Terrell, The Urban Botanist, for a one-hour interactive virtual lesson where you can learn how to grow your green thumb. We will be talking all things tomatoes, herbs, soil, fertilizers, and more!

Learn how to plant, prune, stake, and fertilize your tomatoes. Up your garden game this summer with lots of helpful tips and tricks from Ottawa’s own Urban Botanist.

Free

LIVE BEDTIME STORY | BIG ANTHONY: HIS STORY

Virtual

Strega Nona returns by popular demand and in collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Society. Join Canadian actor, playwright, and director Eleanor Crowder for an exciting new adventure with Big Anthony: His Story (read in English).

Strega Nona is a beloved children’s series featuring elements of Italian culture. Appropriate for all ages.

Free

DANTE’S PERSPECTIVE

Virtual

Dante's Perspective is a multidisciplinary event to appreciate Dante's poetry from three different perspectives: politics, nature, and love.

Princeton Professor and author Simone Marchesi will guide the audience in new approaches to Dante, and the artists from Jobel Art for Earth will bring to life some of the most famous and beautiful of Dante's verses. Woven throughout will be a storyline tracing some of the more mysterious aspects of Dante’s life.

Free

ITALIAN SCAVENGER HUNT

Think you know Little Italy and Italian culture? Prove it!

Join our very first Italian Week Scavenger Hunt, powered by Escape Manor. Solve riddles, answer trivia, find hidden items, and perform fun and humourous tasks on social media (if you want to), all from the comfort of your own home.

Amazing prizes!

$10

ITALIAN PUZZLE QUEST

Think you know Little Italy and Italian culture? Prove it!

Join the Italian Puzzle Quest, powered by Lockdown Ottawa. Solve riddles, answer trivia, find hidden items, and perform fun and humourous tasks on social media (if you want to).

Amazing prizes to be won, valued at over $4000!

$15

FILM SCREENING | PINOCCHIO

Plouffe Park 130 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7P3, Ottawa, ON, CA

Enjoy the fresh air and bring the whole family for a special outdoor screening of the 2019 version of Pinocchio co-written, starring, and directed by Roberto Benigni!

Free

Feast of St. Anthony Mass and Procession

St. Anthony of Padua Church 427 Booth St, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Join this annual event to celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony which includes an outdoor mass on the steps of St. Anthony’s Church, followed by a procession.

Free

BOOKS AND BISCOTTI

Italian-Canadian Historical Centre 1026 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON K2C 0A6, Ottawa, ON, CA

Join us for this literary event featuring prose and poetry read by local authors.

Free

MASTERCLASS | CREATING AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CHARCUTERIE BOARD

Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1, Ottawa, ON, CA

Join award-winning Chef Pino Posteraro as he leads you through the unique Italian tradition of creating beautiful charcuterie.

$45

LIVE BEDTIME STORY | STREGA NONA TAKES A VACATION

Virtual

Kids love the Strega Nona stories! Join for an exciting new travel adventure with Strega Nona (read in English).

Strega Nona is a beloved children’s series featuring elements of Italian culture. Appropriate for all ages.

Free

MASTERCLASS | MAKING FOCACCIA BREAD ART

Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1, Ottawa, ON, CA

Make focaccia art using vegetables to create idyllic scenes! Host Rebecca Drent will take you through this fun activity!

$30

LIVE BEDTIME STORY | STREGA NONA’S HARVEST

Virtual

Kids love the Strega Nona stories! Learn about gardening with Strega Nona and Big Anthony (read in English).

Strega Nona is a beloved children’s series featuring elements of Italian culture. Appropriate for all ages.

Free

MASTERCLASS | A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ITALIAN WINE

Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1, Ottawa, ON, CA

Experience Italy through the eyes of world-renowned sommelier Veronique Rivest and increase your knowledge of Italian wines!

$45

GRAND FINALE WEEKEND 2022

Corso Italia (Preston Street)

Italian Week Ottawa's Grand Finale Weekend includes comedy, music, performances, and more. Sponsored by the Preston Street BIA.

Free

Annual General Meeting

Villa Marconi - Banquet Centre 1026 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Join us as at our AGM as we look back at the 2022 Festival, review our financials, elect new board members, and take a sneak peek at the 2023 Festival […]

Flag Raising Ceremony

Marion Dewar Plaza

June is Italian Heritage Month in Canada, and we’ll be celebrating with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Mark Sutcliffe will make a proclamation, and we’ll raise the Italian Week Ottawa Flag!

Free

Opening Weekend

Little Italy Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N7, Ottawa, ON, CA

We're back, Ottawa! Join us in celebrating Italian culture as we kick off this year's festivities on the streets of Ottawa's Little Italy!

Free

Kids Zone

Preston Street

Kids Zone June 9 | 18:00 – 21:00 | Preston Street & Adeline June 10 | 12:00 – 21:00 | Preston Street & Adeline June 11 | 12:00 – 21:00 | Preston Street […]

Lunchtime Series | Mal’occhio 101

Ottawa Public Library - Main 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2, Ottawa, ON, CA

Come learn from Italian-Canadian author Agata De Santis as she shares the origins of the belief in the evil eye, how it happens, how to prevent it, and should one succumb to mal'occhio, how to cure it.

Free

Masterclass | Formaggi d’Italia

Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1, Ottawa, ON, CA

Join us as we look at different cheeses from around Italy including a demonstration of making traditional mozzarella!

$52

Children’s Event | Italian Stamp Art

McNabb Recreation Centre 180 Percy St, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Do your kids enjoy arts and crafts? Then you won’t want to miss our Italian Stamp Art event for kids!

Free

Lunchtime Series | Art Exhibition

Orange Art Gallery 290 City Centre Ave, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Meet some of Ottawa's most talented artists in person at Orange Art Gallery!

Free

Masterclass | Wines of Piedmont

Sala San Marco Event & Conference Centre 215 Preston Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7R1, Ottawa, ON, CA

Experience the Piedmont region through the eyes of renowned sommelier Veronique Rivest and increase your knowledge of Italian wines!

$92

Picnic all’Italiana

Ev Tremblay Park 108 Beech Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3J8, Ottawa, ON, CA

Join us to experience a true Picnic all’Italiana – picnic Italian style. Bring your blankets, and your appetites for this al fresco dining experience. Plus we'll have a mask-making workshop for the kids!

$15

Film Screening | Legacy

Virtual

We are thrilled to bring you back into the world of the Testa family in Vittorio Rossi's newest film, Legacy. Look in on the family again in this intense sequel as they deal with betrayal.

Free

Mercato di Preston Street

Preston Street & Louisa Street West Ottawa, ON, Canada

Featuring local Ottawa artisans, our Mercato di Preston St is inspired by the street markets of Rome or Florence!

Free

Fonte d’Amore Registration

St. Anthony of Padua 427 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 7K8, Ottawa, ON, CA

Fonte d’Amore is an Italian cultural dance group that proudly celebrates Italian heritage. Welcome to the world of traditional Italian Folk dance. Fonte d’Amore is an Italian cultural dance ensemble […]