This next outdoor festival takes ‘la dolce vita’ very seriously, and for good reason. Italian Day on the Drive is Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, transforming all 14 blocks of Commercial Drive into a lively celebration of all things Italian.

Visitors can lounge on summer patios with fresh gelato and cannolis, sample a wide variety of pizza and pasta, and even try their hand at making a couple of dishes themselves during live cooking demos and competitions.

2024 festival theme

This year’s theme is “storia” – meaning history or story in Italian. The festival’s focus will be to connect visitors through stories that transcend generations, keeping valuable traditions and values alive, and bridging together the past and present.

To do this, Italian Day will transform the Drive into a vibrant piazza filled with delicious food, al fresco patios, and cultural attractions and live music scattered throughout, including at Grandview Park.

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The festival is completely free to attend, so instead, opt to bring some cash to spend at the festivities. Your stomach and taste buds will thank you later!

So there you have it, Vancouver! If you’re in the city between noon and 9 pm on Sunday, June 9th, this is definitely a must-visit.

Italian Day on the Drive 2024

When: Sunday, June 9th
Where: Commercial Drive