Mississauga’s summer festival season continues at Celebration Square this weekend

By Declan Finucane

Published on July 19, 2022 at 1:39 p.m.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Celebration Square in downtown Mississauga this weekend as the city’s summer festival season continues with one of the biggest events on the schedule.

The 17th TD Mosaic Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday (July 22 and 23) and is open free to all ages. Friday festivities run from 6pm to 11pm and the award-winning festival continues on Saturday from 3pm to 11pm.

Organizers say the Mississauga festival, returning to the popular venue after hosting virtual events for the past two years due to the pandemic, “…brings you the best in art, culture and of South Asian cuisine. The free two-day festival will feature music, dance, folklore, Bollywood, food and shopping in the heart of Mississauga headlined by popular artists and performers from India, Pakistan, Canada and the United States.

Plus, kids can enjoy free arts and crafts workshops and learn how to use a potter’s wheel.

Additionally, “this year’s festival will feature a film segment featuring South Asian cinema in a local theater,” organizers note.

Rock the Coliseum, the indie music component of the Mosaic Festival, will celebrate its 15th year featuring local youth bands as well as well-known indie bands from across the province.

Beyond the Mosaic Festival, the season continues in just over three weeks with Mississauga Italfest, taking place August 12-13 at the square.

Italfest returns to the square after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 just in time to celebrate its 10th anniversary on the festival stage.

“Discover some of Italy’s best in the heart of Mississauga” is one of the themes of this year’s festival, also a free event to attend.

Attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year, Mississauga Italfest has consistently been named one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals/events over the years.

Celebrating “the beauty of Italian heritage and culture”, organizers say this event features delicious food and crafts from a variety of vendors and artisans, cultural and family activities, entertainment from local talent and international, a flourishing “mercato” (market). and more.

On August 20 and 21, Japan Festival Canada takes over Celebration Square as the largest Japanese cultural event in North America, according to organizers.

Some 90,000 people attended the 2019 event and organizers hope to exceed that number this year.

The festival’s goal, simply stated, is to “showcase and promote authentic Japanese cuisine, culture and technology,” organizers say, adding that after two years of hosting the festival virtually, they look forward to returning to an in-person live event. in the heart of downtown.

Japan Festival Canada, first held in 2016, also seeks to further improve Canada-Japan relations, organizers note.

To that end, they add, the festival will provide “…exciting entertainment such as traditional and modern performances, pop culture stage performances, as well as delicious Japanese food and much more.”

For more information on these and other events in Mississauga, visit the City of Mississauga website.

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