Ottawa Italian Festival Grand Finale Weekend

Italy is a place that is known for its culture, food and beauty among many other things. While many of us dream of visiting Italy sometimes experiencing Italy in your own hometown can be just as rewarding. This year in Ottawa the Italian Festival Grand Finale is even bigger than ever! With more participants, more events and more fun. This opulent festival brings Italy to Preston Street in Ottawa and is sure to be the event of the season. Whether you are looking for fine dining, live music or even Ottawa's largest gathering of Ferraris you will not want to skip Little Italy this weekend. This blog post will break down the full lineup of events and point you in the right direction to enjoy la dolce vita in Ottawa. 

Ottawa Italian Festival 2024 - Location 

The Ottawa Italian Festival is taking place in Little Italy once again this year. The event will take over Preston Street. Events that will take place on Preston Street include Stilt Walkers & Performers, Ferrari Display, and Latin Dancing in the Street. On Saturday from 1-3pm will be the Italian Car parade which is an event you will not want to miss if you love vintage cars. 

Ottawa Ferrari Festival

If you ask a child to sit down and draw a car, what colour will the car be? The child will certainly colour it red. That is because of Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari founded the luxury racing car company in 1939. Now synonymous with opulence, meticulous craftsmanship and ridiculously fast cars for nearly a century these world-class vehicles will be on display in Ottawa on Preston Street. Find the full schedule below. 

CONCORSO D'ELEGANZA
Friday, June 14, 2024
9:00 AM 2:30 PM
Queen Elizabeth Driveway 

DOW’S LAKE CONCORSO D'ELEGANZA
The Concorso will take place on Queen Elizabeth Driveway beside Dow’s Lake along the Rideau Canal Waterway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A section of Queen Elizabeth Driveway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic and the Concorso will be open for free public viewing. This area is just a few minutes walk from Preston Street / Corso Italia also known as Ottawa’s Little Italy.

The Concorso celebrates Italian heritage, culture and style as well as future vision. It will feature displays of vehicles from Ottawa area Vintage Italian Moto Museum and Italian electric/hybrid vehicles.

The Concorso itself will be organized as separate sub-events with classes by Italian vehicle manufacturer’s such as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. Other classes may be available based on interest and number of entries received. All Italian manufacturers are welcome in the “Tutti Marca Italiani” (all Italian Marques) class where we expect entries from such marques as Maserati, Lamborghini, Lancia, Fiat, Abarth and more.

PRESTON STREET FERRARI DISPLAY
Friday, June 14, 2024
6:00 PM 11:00 PM
Corso Italia
Ottawa's Little Italy, Preston Street will be closed starting at 6pm. The Ferraris and friends will be parked on the street from 6pm for public viewing pleasure. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Italian Week and sample the many fine restaurants along the closed “Corso Italia”

ITALIAN CAR PARADE
Saturday, June 15, 2024
1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Corso Italia 
Always a family favorite. Come early to Preston Street so you can get a good spot and watch more than 100 Italian cars as they drive the parade route between Norman and Somerset Streets. Why not grab lunch at one of the many fine restaurants on Preston Street and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ferrari?

FERRARI DEMO ZONE
Saturday, June 15, 2024
2:00 PM 4:00 PM

PRESTON STREET BIA FERRARI DEMO ZONE

Come and watch, and hear, the Ferraris and friends stretch their legs on this safe, short course in front of thousands of Ferrari fans and feel the enthusiasm of the `tifosi` gathered along the entire route.

Taking place in an enclosed, three block section of Carling Avenue, this venue will provide an excellent `road side` opportunity for visitors to hear and see Ferraris in their natural habitat: in motion.

PRESTON STREET FERRARI DISPLAY
Saturday, June 15, 2024
6:00 PM 11:00 PM

Corso Italia
Ottawa's Little Italy, Preston Street will be closed starting at 6pm. The Ferraris and friends will be parked on the street from 6pm for public viewing pleasure. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Italian Week and sample the many fine restaurants along the closed “Corso Italia”

Dining on Preston Street 

Ottawa Italian Fest takes place on Preston Street. Known across the city as the go-to destination for Italian food and fine dining the streets are lined with delicious options. While there are too many to name them all we will list a few but encourage all visitors to explore and find even more. The video below has some options from years past at Ottawa Italian Festival 2022. 

Restaurants On Preston Street In Little Italy Ottawa

Giovanni’s 

Giovanni's restaurant is an elegant Italian restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy Ottawa. For over 20 years Giovanni's has enjoyed serving its fine Italian Cuisine to Ottawa residents and visitors. They offer an extensive variety of traditional dishes and specialties which are unique to our restaurant. They state “our warm and inviting restaurant is perfect for a dinner or lunch for two or for large gatherings of up to 60 people. A private room is also available for up to 30 people.

When you come to Giovanni's, expect nothing but the best. Outstanding service, hospitality, ambiance and food. Giovanni's is also home to one of the most extensive wine cellars in Ottawa as well as a great selection of spirits.”

La Favorita 

“In 1986, when Nick Shallal came to Ottawa after years in the Mediterranean, he introduced the concept of gourmet pizzas after he opened La Favorita as a small takeout restaurant on Preston Street. Nick pioneered the wood burning oven to make his designer seafood pizzas and calzones among the best in the Nation’s Capital. Word spread quickly: within a few months, rave reviews appeared in The Ottawa Citizen, The Toronto Star and even The New York Times, bringing so many customers that he had to expand to meet the demand for his delectable pizzas, calzones and salads. The great food, friendly atmosphere and mood created by La Favorita’s now famous host and chef, Nick Shallal, have kept everyone coming back”

Mati’s

Modern European style cuisine, Mati’s is well recognized throughout Ottawa for its service and unique dishes that will leave people talking about them. They seem to pride themselves in elegant servings and dish presentation. The seafood tower for two will redefine your expectations for fine dining when it comes to seafood. Arguably Ottawa's best meal. 

Dreamland Cafe 

The pasta you have been dreaming of. Since 2017, sisters, Coco and Marlo, have owned and operated their fresh pasta restaurant. This restaurant evolves each year as they hone their craft to deliver better pasta with each new outing. The fun bright atmosphere of this dreamy pasta spot makes it stand out from the rest on the street as a vibrant fixture of the community. 

The Prescott

An Ottawa tradition since 1934. Famous for our meatball sandwiches, pasta dishes and unique, original square pizzas. 

The Prescott shares a reputation with The Lafayette House in the Byward Market as the oldest licensed drinking establishment in Ottawa. Originally called The Preston Hotel (it stopped renting rooms in 1978), the establishment was re-baptized The Prescott in 1941, it is held, in recognition of its status as the last watering hole between Ottawa and the town of Prescott.

La Roma

Located in Ottawa's Little Italy, they're an Italian, from scratch kitchen, focusing on contemporary Italian cuisine that is rooted in tradition. With a large dining room on the main floor, and three semi-private dining rooms upstairs, they have the space for all your party needs. In the summer, they have a covered rooftop patio available for small private functions, as well as three ground level patios. They are proud to work with local farmers and producers wherever possible.  Tuesdays for half price wine (on select bottles).

Del Piacere

A traditional Italian restaurant located on Preston street, Ottawa. You can taste true Italian cuisine, the chef/ owner is from Lucca, Tuscany.  An authentic touch on Italian dishes, what more could you ask for in Little Italy?

DiLorenzo's Specialty Deli 

Looking for Ottawa's best Italian Sandwiches? You may have just found them! 

Ottawa Italian Festival Parking

Available Public Parking Lots
301 Preston Street - City of Ottawa
410 Rochester Street - Preston Square
75 Beech Street - Pay and Display Parking Lot

We Hope To See You There!

Wherever your interest lies, we hope to see you at the Grand Finale Weekend for Ottawa Italian Fest this weekend June 14-16 on Preston Street in Little Italy. Ferraris, fine Italian food and more! You do not want to be seeing the photos online when you could be there in person to experience it. 

Schedule For Ottawa Italian Festival Grand Finale Weekend

Friday, June 14
Aberdeen Stage (Preston and Aberdeen)

6:00 pm-6:05 pm – Welcome!
6:05 pm-6:50 pm – Fonte D’Amore Tarantella dance group @fontedamore.tarantella
7:30 pm-8:15 pm – Joe Cacchione Comedy Set @joecacchione
8:30 pm-9:30 pm – DJ MoMentum with singer Regina Bianca @dj_momentum70 @reginabiancamusic

Street Artists and Animators (various locations)

François Pelletier @franky.chalky 4:00-10:00 pm (across from Dreamland Cafe)
Stilt Walkers 7:00-8:30 pm (along Preston St)
Arthur Murray Dance 8:30-10:00 pm (by Young St)
Unicyclist 5:00-8:00pm (along Preston St)

Saturday, June 15
Aberdeen Stage (Preston and Aberdeen)

11:30 am-12:30 pm – Joe Cacchione Children’s Magic Show @joecacchione
12:45 pm-1:45 pm – Children’s activity presented by Dante Alighieri Society of Ottawa @danteottawa
2:00 pm-3:00 pm – Tween bracelet-making workshop
3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Pop Shop @thepopshopallstars
4:00 pm-4:45 pm – Fonte D’Amore Tarantella dance group @fontedamore.tarantella
5:00 pm-6:00 pm – Children’s activity presented by Dante Alighieri Society of Ottawa @danteottawa
6:00 pm-6:30 pm – Rob Serra Comedy Show “Time’s Up” @robserracomedy
7:00 pm-8:00 pm – Perry Canestrari @perrycanestrari
8:30 pm-9:30 pm – DJ ALAMUSIC @alamusicdj

Street Artists (various locations)

François Pelletier @franky.chalky 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (across from Dreamland)
Gina Mazzolin @gina_mazzolin 2:00-9:00 pm (across from Preston Hardware)
Stilt Walkers 3:00-8:30 pm (along Preston St)
Face painter 3:00-8:00 pm (by Roberto’s Pizza)
Balloon Artist 3:00-8:00 pm (by Roberto’s Pizza)
Ottawa Fire Services Band 6:00-8:30 pm (along Preston St)
Unicyclist 5:00-8:00pm (along Preston St)

Sunday, June 16
Bike Race 10am-6:30pm For details, click here.

We are excited to share Enchanted Booth will be with us, showcasing their Digital Photo Booth on June 16th. Be sure to drop by their booth at the corner of Preston and Aberdeen on Sunday, June 16 for some fun!

Aberdeen Stage (Preston and Aberdeen)

11:30 am-1:00 pm – Children’s activity presented by Dante Alighieri Society of Ottawa @danteottawa
1:00 pm-1:15 pm – Rossano Giamberardino, Accordion player
1:15 pm-2:15 pm – Tween bracelet-making workshop
2:00 pm-3:00 pm – Malinda Aiello @malindaaiellomusic
3:00 pm-3:45 pm – Fonte D’Amore Tarantella dance group @fontedamore.tarantella
3:45 pm-4:45 pm – Children’s activity presented by Dante Alighieri Society of Ottawa @danteottawa
5:00 pm-6:00 pm – DJ Flash Prime

Street Artists (various locations)

François Pelletier @franky.chalky 10:00am – 9:00pm (across from Dreamland)
Gina Mazzolin @gina_mazzolin 10:00am – 6:00pm (across from Preston Hardware)
Stilt Walkers 1:00-8:00 pm (along Preston St)
Face painter 1:00-6:00 pm (by Roberto’s Pizza)
​​Balloon Artist 1:00-6:00 pm (by Roberto’s Pizza)

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