Written by Erica Spina on 04.08.14

Montreal is known worldwide for its multiculturalism. This summer come celebrate a taste of Italy during Montreal’s Italian Week. Italian Week takes place from August 8th to August 17th, 2014, and what better place than Montreal’s Little Italy, located on Saint Laurent Boulevard, to celebrate such an event. Indulge in the different flavours, aromas, dances, movies, and everything else that represents all that is Italian.

Best Zeppole Contest

We already know that Italians make the best desserts, and what better way to showcase that than a contest for the best Zeppole on August 14th, 2014. No need to wait until Easter to enjoy these sinfully delicious treats. Try not to salivate too much while you watch the pastry chefs deep fry and fill this tasty dessert to impress the judges and win the coveted title.

FIAT 500 Car Exposition

 If you’re a lover of cars, then this event is for you. While many of us are reminiscing about Montreal’s Grand Prix, Italian Week is hosting a three-day event from August 15th to August 17th, 2014 that will satisfy that specialty car craving. The Fiat is one of the most classic Italian cars, and many older models are even considered to be rare. Come gawk at all the cars, old and new, that epitomize Italy.

Guided Tours of Little Italy

What better way to learn about the Italian community than by taking an on-foot guided tour of Little Italy. Each tour is offered in English, French, and Italian by Amarrages sans frontieres. The tour will take you to Italian businesses where you can enjoy an espresso and a cannoli, local Italian churches, and the wonderful Jean-Talon Market. The tours dates and time vary depending on the language you choose and reservations are required. The tours run from August 16th to August 17th, 2014.Check out their website to get information on pricing and scheduling.

Italian Film Festival

For all you movie buffs, the Italian Film Festival is something you don’t want to miss. With a three-year success rate, the Italian Film Festival will be taking place again this year from August 8th to August 15th, 2014. There will be screenings of classic Italian movies, with subtitles, all starting at 7:30pm every night. Access is free, with showings held at the community center in Little Italy Casa Italia and the Leonardo da Vinci Center. Visit their website to find out how to reserve your seats and for a complete list of films.

Moda Sotto le Stelle Fashion Show

Moda Sotto le Stelle translates to fashion under the stars, and it is also the name of the fashion show that is taking place August 16th, 2014. If you are a lover of fashion, be sure to visit the show, which is taking place at the Loto-Quebec stage. Moda Sotto le Stelle showcases the latest trends in Italian-Canadian design. Don’t miss curtain call at 10:00pm.

Opera Madame Butterfly

Montreal Italian Week cannot be complete without an opera show. Opera Madame Butterfly is the grand finale of Italian Week on August 16th, 2014 at 9:00pm. The opera written by Puccini is three acts of melodrama, featuring local and international artists from Italy. Access to the show is free and will be presented on the Loto-Quebec stage; in case of rain, it will be held at Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense Church.

Outdoor Art Exhibit

For all you art lovers, Italian Week is hosting an outdoor art exhibit from August 15th to August 17th, 2014 from 1:00pm – 11:00pm. There, you can find various Italian artists proudly displaying their work inspired by their loved country.

Scopa Tournament

If you’re Italian (or have attended CEGEP) then you know how to play cards. This year, for the second time, Italian Week is hosting their Scopa Tournament from August 15th to August 17th, 2014. Scopa is a game played with Italian cards. These game cards don’t have the typical spade and heart faces. Expect to find sun discs, batons, and regal cups on these playing cards. All participants (teams of two) are welcome to play until the winner is crowned. Visit their website to get information on scheduling. Hurry because registration ends August 1st, 2015!

Get a full list of events and schedules on their website.

Little Italy Neighborhood (Saint-Laurent Boulevard)
(514) 279-6357

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