Italians are known for a few things: food, fashion, soccer, and noise. They’re an undeniably rambunctious and passionate crowd, who are extremely proud of their heritage. And there is no better place to celebrate that passion and history, than at Mississauga’s annual Italfest!

Mississauga is full of Italian descendants, and even some natives, and they come together every single year to commemorate the motherland at Celebration Square. The city centre’s Celebration Square is home to lots of festivals during the summer months, but Italfest is certainly one of the most popular. This year’s even takes place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of August, from 5 PM – 11 PM.

Italfest is a celebration of all things Italian; art, food, music, tradition, etc. Last year marked the first time the event was changed to a two-day festival, and it proved well worth the upgrade. And 2018 will be even bigger, with up to 50 food vendors, including Pizza Nova, Tutti Panini, Sicilian Ice Cream and Churrico’s, as well as over 15 live music and entertainment acts!

Italfest also boasts a myriad of fun activities from cooking demonstrations to watermelon eating contests, a youth soccer challenge to Bocce tournaments. There’s certainly plenty of ways to have fun, no matter what your age. And that’s one of the reasons Italfest is one of the very best festivals in Mississauga, it offers so much more than just food and music.

Italfest returns to Mississauga this weekend and it’s sure to be a family-oriented event that makes everyone proud of their Italian heritage. If you’re interested in partaking, head to Celebration Square on August 17th or 18th, from 5-11 PM.