Little Italy may be the trendiest neighborhood in Montreal this summer.
The Société de développement commercial (SDC) de la Petite Italie has announced the schedule of its completely free festival program for the whole summer. With a range of cultural and family events, there is an abundance of things to do — and eat.
The best part is that it’s already happening.
Since May 10th, the public piano of the Place du Marché du Nord has brought life back to the neighborhood after a long winter. And from Thursday 2 June, the streets around the Jean Talon market will become a pedestrian paradise with outdoor furniture.
Then la festa really gets going.
With over 100 local businesses taking part in the activities, here are just a few events that residents and tourists alike can look forward to.
A large part of the Saint-Laurent boulevard will be closed to pedestrians this weekend in June. This gives people a chance to sample local treats from vendor stands and special installations. There are also on-site music and circus performances that are fun for the whole family, along with face painting and giant bubble stations for kids.
From where: Saint-Laurent Boulevard
When: 17-19 June
Outdoor cinema Parc Dante
Every Wednesday at Parc Dante, from sunset in July and August, different Italian films of different genres and decades are shown. And if you’re concerned that something might get lost in translation, French and English speakers alike are on hand.
Doesn’t a panino or even a bicchiere di vino sound nice under the stars? Throw in a foreign film and you’ll have a glorious summer evening.
From where: Park Dante
When: July 6th to August 31st
The annual feast of Saint Anthony takes place in and around the Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense this June. A mass in honor of the Italian icon is followed by a traditional procession. Afterwards, a BBQ block party will begin around the historic site with food and live music.
A second block party takes place in August in front of the Église Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense.
From where: Eglise Notre-Dame-de-la-Defense
When: June 11-12, August 13-14
Exotic car lovers will enjoy this year’s edition of the Festival de l’Auto Italienne de Montréal this July. A large gathering of Italian automobiles from the metropolitan area Montreal Area and beyond will be exhibited on Dante Street.
And with so many Fiats, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, it’s easy to forget you’re in Montreal.
From where: dandestr
When: 10th of July
You may know ItalfestMTL by its former name Italian Week of Montreal. And if you’ve ever attended, you know how awesome it is. This August, the 29th edition of the island-wide festival edition will highlight the Abruzzo region.
Featuring a performance by local singer Manny Blu, the Moda Sotto le Stelle Fashion show and an outdoor performance of Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville, ItalfestMTL gives people a taste of all things Italian – both old and new.
For more information on similar events in the city, visit italfestmtl.ca.