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Vancouver’s Italian Day on the Drive in 2019

Italian Day on the Drive

Italian Day on the Drive is an annual street party on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive that includes Italian food, music, festivities and thousands of people.

Italian Day on Commercial Drive

If you like street parties, live music, pasta and fun outdoors in the city, then you’ll want to check out Italian Day.

It’s reputedly the region’s largest street party event, attracting a couple of hundred thousand participants most years.

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Where and When

Italian Day on the Drive takes place each year in mid-June. In 2019 the festival is on Sunday, June 9, from noon until 8 pm.

The event runs along Commercial Drive in Vancouver’s “Little Italy” for the 14 or so blocks between Venables and Grandview.

Italian Day Crowd on Commercial
Italian Day on Commercial Drive

Italian Day on the Drive

At Italian Day on the Drive expect to see over 150 different market vendors, lots of green, white and red colours, and some 20 different patios featuring Italian foods from local restaurants serving everything from pizza to pasta to gelato.

There are also cooking demonstrations, food samples, soccer games, a pasta eating contest, street performers, an Italian clothing fashion show, DJs and three different main stages offering live music and other entertainment including Jazz and opera.

For children there are also crafts and other activity stations, plus for adults lots of opportunities to buy great espressos and cappuccinos.

Italian Day on the Drive
Commercial Drive during Italian Day on the Drive

2019 Entertainment Lineup

Musicians and other performers entertain from three different stages over the course of the day along Commercial Drive.

Grandview Park Stage

Grandview Park is located at 1657 Charles Street (on Napier Street between Charles and William Street).

Below is the schedule for the stage at the park in 2019.

  • 12:30 pm – Coro Folcloristico Trevigiano
  • 1:20 pm – Luna Rossa
  • 2:45 pm – Carmelina Cupo
  • 4:00 pm – Marco Bori & Danilo Ciaccia
  • 4:45 pm – Laura Crema
  • 5:35 pm – Vancouver Opera
  • 6:25 pm – Notte Italiana
  • 7:15 pm – Songpati Latinband

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2nd Avenue Stage

Below is the 2019 schedule for the stage located at the intersection of Commercial Drive and 2nd Avenue.

  • 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremony
  • 1:15 pm – Gianni Fuoco
  • 2:10 pm – Notte Italiana
  • 3:35 pm – Federico Fuoco and Fire
  • 5:00 pm – City Opera
  • 5:50 pm – Stephen Scaccia
  • 6:20 pm – Marco Bori & Danilo Ciaccia
  • 7:05 pm – Jany Barucci
  • 8:00 pm – Raffle Draw

Piazza Moda – Fashion Show & Entertainment Stage

This stage is located at the intersection of Commercial Drive and 3rd Avenue. Below is what’s on the schedule for 2019.

  • 1:30 pm – Stephen Scaccia
  • 2:05 pm – Marco Bori & Danilo Ciaccia
  • 2:45 pm – Grandi Fashion Show
  • 3:20 pm – Jany Barucci
  • 4:05 pm – Venetian Opera
  • 4:40 pm – Notte Italiana
  • 5:25 pm – Grandi Fashion Show
  • 6:00 pm – Lisa Petrucci
  • 6:40 pm – Grandi Fashion Show
  • 7:10 pm – Dennis Mayer

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Other Information

Italian Day on the Drive is a fabulous family-friendly event well worth checking out. For more information see the Italian Day website.

For other events at different times of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar. Events you’ll find there that are similar to Italian Day coming up in June include the various Car Free Day celebrations on Commercial Drive, Main Street and Denman Street, as well as Greek Day on Broadway in late June.

 

 

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