Sydney's most loved Italian street festival celebrated 21 years in 2018.

Ferragosto is City of Canada Bay's largest annual event, last year attracting a bumper crowd of close to 110,000 visitors to Five Dock - a suburb with strong Italian links.

Ferragosto is held in August on Great North Road, Five Dock from 10am to 4pm.

Explore the best of Italian culture, entertainment and cooking with more than 300 retailers and food and merchandise stalls offering delicious street eats and handcrafted goods. There will be spectacular dance and music performances across five stages, including our headline act, Italian-Australian Comedian, James Liotta.

There will also be children's rides and activities, fun competitions, dazzling displays of Italian vehicles – including Mini Fiats, Ducati Bikes and Alfa Romeos - plus more.

A bit of history...

Ferragosto began in 1998 as an initiative of Five Dock’s Main Street Committee. The event was originally held in the Garfield Street car park for the first few years but as it grew, it moved to Great North Road. It has now expanded from Queens Road to Lyons Road – approximately 800 metres in length plus most side streets. As the demand, size and costs of the event increased, so did Council's involvement.

The festival preserves its roots in the strongly-Italian local community, with considerable support and interest from local businesses, entertainers, community organisations and residents. The event draws a mixed crowd with close to 60 per cent of attendees coming from the City of Canada Bay and the rest from the broader Sydney area. The crowd demographics are mixed with all age groups represented and a broad cross section of cultures.

Stallholder information

Stallholder applications now closed. See our stallholder information page for full details or contact council's events team events.admin@canadabay.nsw.gov.au to be placed on the waitlist.


Your business could be part of Ferragosto. Help make the event special by taking up one of our sponsorship packages. Read our Ferragosto 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus and visit our Ferragosto Sponsorship page for more details.

    2018 sponsors

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    Friends of Ferragosto:


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    The FerraVarieta stage, located outside Club Five Dock RSL near the Queens Rd intersection, will showcase traditional Italian entertainers, including Italian choirs, traditional Italian dancers, and solo performers, as well as our fabulous headline acts, Mocambo Jam and James Liotta

    Time Performance
    10:00 am Coro D'Abruzzo
    10:30 am VDC Academy - Traditional Tarantella
    10:50 am Fratelli Del Sud
    11:15 am Pasticceria Papa Cannoli Competition
    12:20 pm Mocambo Jam
    1:05 pm VIP Speeches
    1:30 pm Mocambo Jam
    2:25 pm Jame Loitta
    3:00 pm Fratelli Del Sud
    3:25 pm Matthew Dal Cin

    The FerraGiovani stage will showcase the talent of children from across our City.

    Highlights include a Crazy Cones gelato building competition and a hilarious performance by children's chef, Nino Fiasco.

    Time Performance
    10:00 am Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts
    10:20 am Abbotsford Public School
    11:00 am Innerwest Music School
    11:20 am Dorothy Cowry School of Dance
    11:45 am Musa Taekwondo
    12:00 pm Elevate Performing Arts
    12:10 pm Nino Fiasco
    12:40 pm Elevate Performing Arts
    12:55 pm Belinda's Art of Dance
    1:15 pm Nino Fiasco
    1:45 pm Sandra Malone Dancers
    2:10 pm Duccio Gelato Crazy Cones Competition
    2:55 pm Sydney Guitar School
    3:35 pm Next Move

    Stage times subject to change without notice.


    Tuck into some Italian snack while watching classic Italian films at our outdoor cinema area, presented by Lavazza Italian Film Festival.

    The experience will include deck chairs, bean bags and tables and chairs on the grassed section of the St Albans church ground to create a family-friendly chill-out area.

    This year, our classic Italian films are part documentary and part jukebox musical, Passione, and hilarious comedy Where Am I Going?

    Time Film
    10:30 am Passione
    12:15 pm Where Am I going?
    2:00 pm  Passione

    FerraCucina is presented by Coles Five Dock

    FerraCucina (our kitchen stage) is located in Fred Kelly Place and will feature local and celebrity chefs serving up their best Italian-inspired delights with minimal waste.

    This year, celebrity chef Luca Ciano will wow the FerraCucina audience with two spectacular demonstrations. 

    Born and raised in Milan, Ciano's passion for food began at a young age in his family kitchen. Since then he has worked in two-Michelin star restaurant Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan, established Casa Barilla and released his own product range and best-seller Luca's Seasonal Journey.

    Time Cooking demonstration
    10:15 am Luca Ciano
    11:15 am Granita with Cremeria De Luca
    12:15 pm Luca Ciano
    1:15 pm Club Five Dock RSL Pasta Eating Competition
    2:45 pm Cremeria De Luca Blind Tasting Competition
    The FerraComunita stage, located on Ramsay Road, will showcase dynamic performances from inner west dance groups and vocalists. 
    Time Performance
    10:00 am Rosebank College
    11:10 am Beats905
    11:35 am Dance @ Nikki Webster
    12:00 pm VDC Academy
    12:20 pm Co.As.It Choir
    12:40 pm  George Vumbaca
    1:25 pm  Vincent Ruello - Purple Cream
    1:50 pm  Dolce Entertainment
    2:25 pm Music Dojo
    2:55 pm Amber and Capitana
    3:20 pm Canada Bay Community Choir
    * Please note - times may be subject to change without notice.

    FerraModa is the place to see all things Italian fashion.

    Featuring local fashion retailers and Italian masquerade masks, the parades run all day with Italian tombola competitions held inbetween shows.

    Time Performance
    10:30am Murphy's Puppets
    11am Fashion Show
    11:30am Tombola Competition
    12:30pm Fashion Show
    1pm Tombola Competition
    2pm Fashion Show
    2:30pm  Tombola Competition

    Please note - times may be subject to change without notice.

    Stallholder information

    The City of Canada Bay's largest event brings the people of the City of Canada Bay and wider Sydney to Five Dock and pays homage to the strongly-Italian local community. The festival attracts considerable support and interest from local businesses, entertainers, community organisations and residents.


    To be placed on a waitlist, please contact council's events team via email events.admin@canadabay.nsw.gov.au

    Ferragosto 2018 Stallholder Fees


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    Invitation to sponsor

    Your business could be part of Ferragosto, City of Canada Bay's biggest and most loved cultural event on the calendar.

    Now in its 21st year, Ferragosto celebrates the Italian heritage of Five Dock and surrounding suburbs and attracts over 80,000 visitors. 

    In 2018, Ferragosto will be held on Sunday, 19 August along Great North Road, Five Dock from 10am to 4pm. 

    Help make the event special by taking up one of our sponsorship packages. Read our Ferragosto 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus for details.

    At the City of Canada Bay Council, we are more than happy to specifically tailor sponsorship packages to meet your needs. 

    For more information contact Council’s Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator at sponsorships@canadabay.nsw.gov.au or on 9911 6555.

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