Italian Day on The Drive

About Italian Day

Sunday, June 12 2016 – 12pm to 8pm

Now into its seventh year since its return in 2010, Italian Day on The Drive represents the celebration of Italian culture and the contributions made to Vancouver by Italian immigrants and their children. A vibrant cultural street festival, Italian Day is a community driven event, attracting over 300,000 people and spanning 13 blocks along Commercial Drive in a day long celebration, while showcasing all that is Italian to Vancouver’s multi-cultural community of all ages. Like a piazza in full swing in a sea of green, white and red, the street comes alive with Italian musical performances, hands-on activities and games, vendors, patios, food and beverage tastings, street performers, classic vehicle exhibits and so much more.

As a symbolical reference, Commercial Drive (The Drive) has been the location of choice due to the rich history of over 60 years of Italian heritage, and where the heart of the district today continues to be regarded as Vancouver’s Little Italy. Validating this history, in late June 2015, a motion was unanimously approved by City Council to officially designate 8 blocks of the street as ‘Little Italy’ – a highlight Italian Day looks to celebrate as part of the 2016 festivities.

The event is organized by the Italian Day Festival Society (IDFS) which includes key collaborating partners: The Commercial Drive Business Society, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, Anigraph Productions and Barcelona Media Design. As Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, the opportunity to bring forth Italian Day and its related success is ultimately attributed to the invaluable support of our sponsors, collaborating partners, community businesses, the City of Vancouver and Italian Day loving fans, without whom the event would not be possible.

Italian Day 2016 Theme

Mangiamo! (Let’s Eat!)

As Vancouver’s largest and most celebrated cultural street festival, each year Italian Day includes a distinct signature theme; and for 2016, we invite guests to indulge Italians’ favourite past time – MANGIAMO (Let’s Eat) which represents much more than just eating. The dinner table is one of the most enduring images and metaphors in Italian art, celebrated in the greatest paintings and films, from the Renaissance to present day. ‘A tavola’- or ‘at the table’ – our hearts open, and life’s greatest dramas and celebrations unfold. Familial bonds and battles are forged a tavola; the deepest ties of love and friendship are developed and strengthened around a dinner table. And with Italian Day 2016, the pleasures of beautiful Italian food and drink will represent the heart of the celebrations when shared with Vancouver’s multi-cultural community, as a symbolical extension of warmth the Italian table offers, as well as a showcase of Italian product and local Vancouver eateries.

MANGIAMO! Let’s eat and celebrate in the Italian spirit on Sunday, June 12 2016.

Mangia Bene, Ridi Spesso, Ama Molto

Eat well, Laugh often, Love in Abundance

Partnership Opportunities

If interested in partnering with the Italian Day event as a sponsor, please contact us via email before sponsorship deadline of December 30, 2015. A PDF copy of the partnership invitation, along with benefit details, can be found here.

In terms of vendor inquiries, we have not started this process yet, but feel free to email us with any related inquiries at

We thank you in advance for your support!

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Henry Ford

Italian Day Festival Society


Beppe De Lucio, President
Michael Cuccione, Vice President
Robert D’Onofrio, Treasurer
Irena Demarco, Secretary
Carmen D’Onofrio, Commercial Drive Business Society, President
Carmelina Cupo, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, Representative
Domenic Bruzzese
Federico Fuoco
Marco Cornale


Brunella Gaudio, Italian Day Executive Director
Anigraph Productions, Event Management & Production Partner
Dragan Nikodijevic, Design & Creative Partner, Barcelona Media Design
Nick Pogor, Commercial Drive Business Society, Partner
Giulio Recchioni, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, Partner
Kaeley Slaney, Graphics Assistant & Website Administrator
Angie Casoria, Volunteer Co-ordination
Silvester Law, Photography
Matthew Thai, Volunteer