La Vita e Bella in Little Italy at Italian Festival June 14th to 16th
Find the best sights, sounds and flavours of Italy, right here in Ottawa during this weekend long street party on beautiful Preston Street. From Friday evening until Sunday evening, the streets will be closed to cars and open to people, patios and performers.
Ferraris will line the sides of Preston Street for your admiration in the evenings on Friday and Saturday at the Italian Festival. See everything from classic racing legends, to modern supercars. Saturday afternoon the Ferraris join a fleet of Italian cars for the Italian Car Parade up and down Preston. See the finest examples of Italian automotive design, from the tiny Fiat to the fierce Lamborghini. Following the parade, the Ottawa Ferrari Club will take their machines onto a closed course on Carling Avenue where you will see, hear and feel the power of these sports cars.
Throughout the weekend, Little Italy will be animated with fun and food for everyone. Catch the world famous, SWRL Freestyle Soccer Jugglers as they perform spectacular feats of juggling and agility with the soccer ball. Participate in the creation of a new mural with artist Brenda Dunn and her Living Colouring Book. Celebrate Father’s Day at Yoga Town’s outdoor Family Yoga. You might even catch a flash mob or two.
Sunday, the Preston Criterium bicycle race tears through the streets of Little Italy on a brand new course for 2019. See some of the top racers in the country and they barrel down the Gladstone hill into a hard right on Preston, they push through an uphill climb on Anderson, back to Rochester.
Some of the best restaurants in Ottawa will have fully licensed patios right on the street, so you can eat and drink without missing a beat.