This Sunday, Vancouver’s iconic Commercial Drive will come alive with festive and vibrant colours in celebration of the ninth annual Italian Day on the Drive. The day will feature authentic Italian food, music, fashion and entertainment.
Recognized on the City of Vancouver’s list of ‘Official Celebrations’, ranked as of one of Canada’s largest urban street festivals, and labelled in most circles as the social event of the season, this year’s Italian Day is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors.
The day will feature some amazing performances, including world-famous Italian celebrity singer-songwriter Edoardo Bennatowill be performing live in concert with his 10-piece band at 4:45 pm in Grandview Park.
As Italy is known for its opera, classical, instrumental and folk music influence, this year’s musical offerings will be diverse and featured throughout the 14-block festival radius. Among the musical attractions to check out will be the musical stylings of crowd-favourite restauranteur and showman Federico Fuoco, new generation rising artist Antonio Larosa, and the Jack FM and Whitecaps Piazza at Parker, as well as DJ’s at 7th Ave who will be looking to entertain with ‘Dance in Transit’, featuring dance and Zumba lessons.
It wouldn’t be an Italian festa without a banquet of delicious food offered up by Italian merchants and vendors: fried Italian donuts, cannoli, pasta, wood-oven panini, meatballs, gelato, arancini, pizza, espresso-based beverages and more. The festival will also include 15 extended patios, including Federico’s Tuscan style Italian Terrace, food trucks and other ethnic favorites dished up by the Drive merchants and visiting vendors.
As the street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Venables St. and the Grandview Cut, it is recommended that visitors walk, cycle, or transit to get to the event. Bicycle Valet will also be on site. Given the volume of attendees and typical summer-like heat, it is advised that attendees leave their dogs at home.
Italian Day 2018 Quick Details
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Commercial Drive (from Venables St. to Grandview Cut)
More info: italianday.ca