Italian Day on the Drive 2024

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Italian Day on the Drive hosts the ultimate community celebration of Italian culture and heritage in Vancouver this Sunday. Seven intersections, as well as Grandview Park, will be transformed into Piazza-style cultural attractions with live music, DJs, fashion and street dancing.

Italian Day on the Drive 2023
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Italian Day on the Drive

  • When: Sunday June 9, 2024 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Commercial Drive, Vancouver from Venables to East 7th Ave (view map here)
  • Admission: FREE!

From a vendor-filled street to fashion shows, feel transported while you take in the many sights and displays that are synonymous with Italy. Take part in pasta-eating contests, interactive games, or human foosball, and kids can have a ball in the children’s zone. And don’t forget to eat! Taste the best of the ‘fest from local merchants, vendors, food trucks, and dine on al fresco patios.

The theme of the 2024 event is STORIA meaning History or Story in Italian. “History creates memories, generating emotional connections with the ability to transcend generations via storytelling, keeping traditions and important values alive while bridging the past with the present,” say organizers. “We are drawn to history because its story is our story, where we can learn from the past to create a better future together.”

Attraction Highlights

The Drive Main Stage at 2nd will have opening ceremonies 12:00pm-12:45pm followed by live entertainment, then there are six more stages filled with a line up free performances. Catch  DJ Storm at the Grant St Piazza, Duelling Pianos w/ Mark Olexson & Aaron Grant at Parker St Piazza, Fashion Shows at Piazza Moda Stage at 3rd, Langley Ukulele Ensemble at Grandview Park and much, much more.

There’s also a big raffle happening this year with prizes valued over $14,000 plus a 50/50 jackpot. Follow the event on Facebook for more info.

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