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Villa Al Fresco

Villa Al Fresco, July 9 - August 28 at the Columbus Centre

Join us for Villa Al Fresco, a series of exciting new summer programs and activities at the Columbus Centre. Bring your family and friends as we highlight Italian culture and heritage – there will be something for everyone!

Columbus Concert Band

Join us for a summer evening concert as the Columbus Concert Band performs a repertoire of classic songs and popular favourites.

  • Tuesday, July 9 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Sala Caboto Gardens

Cinema al Fresco 2019: Classic Italian movies from the Cineteca di Bologna

Enjoy classic Italian cinema outdoors under the stars. These four films, presented in collaboration with Association Amarcord, have been recently restored to their original quality by Cineteca di Bologna. Screened in Italian with English subtitles.

  • July 11 at 9:00pm: Matrimonio all’italiana (De Sica, 1964). Running time: 1 hour 42 mins
  • July 25 at 9:00pm:  Divorzio all’italiana (Germi, 1961). Running time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • PROGRAMMING UPDATE: August 8 at 8:30pm: Il Sorpasso (Risi, 1962). Running time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • August 22 at 8:30pm: Pane e Cioccolata (Brusati, 1973). Running time: 1 hour 40 mins

Location: Sala Caboto Gardens
Please note: In the event of inclement weather, films will be screened inside Sala Caboto ballroom.

Il Sorpasso (Risi, 1962)

Pizza Nel Parco (Pizza in the Park)

Drop by for lunch or dinner on the Caffè Cinquecento patio for individual, made-to-order pizzas baked in an authentic, wood-burning oven. Choose from margherita, vegetarian or pepperoni pizza for $11.00 each.

  • July 12 and July 26 at 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 3:30pm to 7:00pm
  • August 9 and August 23 at 12:00pm to 2:30pm and 3:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Caffè Cinquecento Patio

Carnival Day

Join us for a fun-filled day of carnival-themed activities on-site at the Columbus Centre. Activities include a bouncy castle, face painting, games, treats, and much more.

  • Thursday, July 18 at 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Columbus Centre Courtyard

Ballo Liscio (Social Dancing)

An evening of social dancing in the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. Free event and no RSVP required.

  • July 12 and 26 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • August 9 and 23 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery

Italian Family Trivia Night

Test your knowledge and challenge your family members at our family-friendly trivia night that will include general topics such as Disney, Italian culture, pop culture and more. All ages are welcome. Prizes will be awarded!

  • Thursday, August 15 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery

Out of the Box Marketplace Presents “Hello Summer Market”

A curated pop-up market showcasing local, small businesses. Vendors include health & wellness, baked goods, women’s jewelry, apparel and beauty. Enjoy free swag bags, light refreshments and games for the kids. A fun, family day filled with shopping, activities and more.

  • July 26 at 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Please be advised that the Out of the Box Marketplace “Hello Summer Market” scheduled for August 23 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Location: Columbus Centre Courtyard

For more information about Villa Al Fresco, please contact cultural@villacharities.com or call 416-789-7011 ext. 248.