Mississauga Italfest is Mississauga’s first and premier Italian festival. Named a Top 100 Festival in Ontario from 2016 to 2020, again in 2021 for “A VIRTUAL TASTE OF MISSISSAUGA ITALFEST”, in 2022 for our first live in-person milestone 10th Anniversary Festival since 2019. We are thrilled to achieve this designation again for 2023.

This unique festival has brought together tens of thousands of local fans and enthusiastic visitors from across Ontario, other parts of Canada, the USA and even Italy!


Image(s) Source: Italian and Canadian Waving Flag Images, Freepik.com
Image(s) Source: Italian and Canadian Waving Flag Images, Freepik.com


Mississauga Italfest, Ferragosto In the City is Mississauga's premier Italian festival.

Italfest was founded in 2012 by a group of passionate Canadian Italians, dedicated to preserving time-honoured traditions.  Italfest became a Not -For-Profit Incorporated Company in 2015. Recognized as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals from 2016 – 2023, Italfest annually takes place in August mirroring Italy's national holiday, Ferragosto. Mississauga Italfest is a free festival where visitors can enjoy an authentic Taste of Italy.  Featuring an interactive Heritage and Cultural pavilion with historical displays and demonstrations, Italfest shares cultural highlights through traditional family activities like watermelon, pasta, pizza eating, and cheese rolling contests. Italians from across Ontario flock to enter the exciting Bocce Ball tournament and Italian card games, Scopa and Briscola contests. Visitors line up to try their luck at Learn to Play Bocce and to Roll the Cheese.  A variety of delicious authentic food, face-painting, magic, and puppet shows, stilt-walkers, a soccer challenge and sports-zone inflatables, global delicacies, crafts, and 50+ vendors and artisans round out the fun. Musical entertainment includes regional choirs and dance groups, local talent from folk to DJ’s and hip-hop artists to legendary international headliners direct from Italy. We were the first Italian festival to bring the Flag Throwers of Faenza Italy to Canada to display their medieval art form and presented 11-year-old Canadian Italian superstar Roberta Battaglia five times on our main stage from the age of 5 years right up to 2019 in front of a capacity Italfest audience of 25,000 people on a memorable Saturday night and just before her ground-breaking performance on America’s Got Talent.

In 2021 Italfest was thrilled to present “A Virtual Taste of Mississauga Italfest!” during Italian Heritage Month. Footage of past years highlighted the wonderful music, delicious food, and heritage and cultural initiatives that have become the hallmark of our festival. Exciting popular Italo-Canadian singer, Carlo Coppola, and hilarious comedian Frank Spadone headlined along with lovely soprano Josephine Mancini. The Italfest video featured the region of Calabria, with its songs, folklore, landscape, regional food, and known personalities including renowned Calabrese Chef, Luciano Schipano, and reached deep into people’s homes with exciting music, culinary delights, and entertainment!  “A Virtual Taste of Mississauga Italfest!” garnered over 40,000 views on social media and received a coveted Achievement Award from Festivals and Events Ontario.

As we move into the next decade, we thank the dedicated, passionate people who have supported Italfest these past ten years: past Board and Committee members, Sponsors , Stakeholders, Community groups, Italian Dignitaries, Volunteers, the Federal and Provincial government and our number one partner, the City of Mississauga.  And to every Mississauga Italfest loyal fan or visitor from near or from afar who have joined us through the years, we thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for a little taste of everything Italian.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in August 2024 at Mississauga Celebration Square. See you all soon!