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Tourism Vancouver Passport Challenge

22nd Annual Stone Soup Festival


SEED Employment Program - The Kettle Society

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

Grandview-Woodland CPC Sox on the Drive

Commercial Drive Bike Lane Survey

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony

SEED Employment Program - The Kettle Society

5th Annual Christmas On The Drive

Halloween on the Drive (Monday October 31, 2016)

Cops, Kids & Commercial Drive 2016

Free Family Picnic Night at Grandview Park

Artful Sundays 2016 Outdoor Visual Arts Market

CDBS response to CoV Grandview Woodland Plan

Save Commercial Drive from Bicycle Highways

Free Family events at Grandview Park

Canada Day at Victoria Park

Italian Day on the Drive 2016

Tourism Vancouver Passport Challenge

Spring Clean your Neighborhood

21st Annual  Stone Soup Festival

Bicycle Lane Survey Results

Leasing on Commercial Drive

Family Day on the Drive

Art Against Stigma Events

New Banners on The Drive

Christmas on the Drive

The Drive Merchant Meetup

Halloween on 'The Drive’ 2015

Commercial Drive Newsletter

2015 CDBS Annual General Meeting

ID Theft Prevention Shredding Event

Cops & Kids 2015 Grandview Park

Recyclefest 2015 #RECYCLEFEST

Tasting Plates Commercial Drive

Artful Sundays 2015 @BritanniaCentre

Spring Clean your Neighbourhood

2015 Stone Soup Festival

GWCPC Crime on the Drive Event!.

Italian Day on The Drive

18th annual Golden Plates Ballot

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl

Shop the Neighborhood

Christmas on the Drive 2014

Halloween on the Drive 2014

CIBC Soccer Nation Tour

Car Free Day on The Drive

Queen Victoria Annex Spring Festival

1st Annual Best of the Northwest Beer Fest

Italian Day on The Drive 2014

Keep Vancouver Spectacular!

East Vancouver Garden Tour

Italian Heritage Night

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Cops, Kids, & Commercial Drive 2014!

Artful Sundays - 4 Sundays, Aug 11–Sept 1

Artful Sundays - 4 Sundays, Aug 11–Sept 1

Artful Sundays - 4 Sundays, Aug 11–Sept 1

Artful Sundays - 4 Sundays, Aug 11–Sept 1

Earth Day Parade and Festival

Workshop: Water: Local and Global Issues

Stone Soup Festival 2013

Car Free Day on Commercial Drive

Dining Out For Life

Dishing on the Drive

Holiday Wine Tasting Event

Artful Saturday Christmas Market

Commercial Drive Business Society AGM

In addition to the occasional events you'll find in our calendar above, Commercial Drive is also home to the regular events listed below which happen each year on a recurring basis.

Verses Festival of Words (previously Vancouver International Poetry Festival) April 5-12, 2014
The fourth annual Festival will harness the diversity of spoken word in Canada and beyond to present a world-class spoken word festival that showcases the best that Canada has to offer, as well as exploring and expanding the boundaries of contemporary spoken word. Reserve your tickets!

commercial drive stone soup festivalStone Soup Festival Saturday May 2014, details TBA
a celebration of food, art, environment and community, including farmers market, food vendors, local artists, community groups, talks and workshops, live music, children’s activities, free soup and more!

performer at the Commercial Drive In the House FestivalIn the House Festival June, 2014, details TBA
The unique concept of this festival is to have a multitude of performances within people’s homes and back yards. Performances consist of music (including folk, hip hop, world, bluegrass, and classical), theatre, dance, spoken word, story-telling, and comedy.

Italian Day on Commercial DriveItalian Day on the Drive! Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12 - 8 PM
This event embraces the history and contributions made by the Italian community to Vancouver. Experience 'la dolce vita' and all that is Italian, including food, entertainment, fashion, activities and product. To find out more about the event, please visit our facebook page or contact us at Fun for the whole family and FREE - join us for what will be an amazing cultural event!

commercial drive festival street performersCar-free Day on Commercial Drive Sunday, June 15, 2014, details TBA
2005 was the kick-off for this annual event that's a celebration of our neighbourhood and the businesses, organizations, and people that make the Drive what it is.

fawn lillies blooming at the east vancouver private garden tourEast Van Garden Tour Sunday, June 15, details TBA
Wonder what you can do with a small, urban garden? Check it out. Tickets are available at Figaro's Garden Centre 604.253.1696 or Britannia Community Centre 604.718.5800. $12/person.

crowds at the commercial drive east side pride festivalEast Side Pride Festival Saturday, 8AM - 6PM, June 28, 2014, McSpadden Park, details TBA
Celebrate at this neighbourhood friendly event at McSpadden Park on Victoria Drive. Community organizations and funky artisans have a village of booths set up and the stage has live entertainment with musicians and dancers.

lanterns at the Illuminares lantern festival in trout lake parkIlluminares July, 2014, at Trout Lake Park, details TBA
This year marks the 25th anniversary of this iconic community event. Don't miss it!

Dyke March! Saturday, August 2, 2014, starting in McSpadden Park, details TBA
Gathering for the march begins at 12:00 noon at McSpadden Park (5th/Victoria) and marches down Commercial Drive at noon ending at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive @ William) with a family friendly music festival.

fresh tomatoes from Trout Lake farmers marketFarmer's Market Each Saturday from mid May to Thanksgiving weekend at Trout Lake Community Centre.
The market features organic produce from BC farms, original art, jewelery, bedding plants, baked goods, GREAT coffee and some of the city's most talented buskers.

haloween ghouls in the parade of lost soulsParade of the Lost Souls: The Secret Souls Walk will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Secret location will be announced on our website:, the Public Dreams Facebook page, or @publicdreams on Twitter at 12:01am on October 26, 2013.

east side culture crawl event icon East Side Culture Crawl November 15, 16, 17, 2013
Painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, writers, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those of international fame. Shop for original gifts and art right in the artist's studios!

Christmas on the Drive November 30, 2013, 1pm to 5pm
We'll be lighting the 60' tall Commercial Drive Christmas Tree, and will have choirs, carolers, kids activities, seasonal beverages, and baked goods.


Past Event In Search of Some New Energy!

If you'd like to help breathe some new life into these great past events, please contact us.

child planting shrubs in Napier green way as part of earth day on commercial driveEarth Day Last held: Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20, 2003
Our banners marked participating merchants who offer specials such as free seed packs, discounts on: organic menus and produce, eco-friendly books, recycled wood furniture, bike parts & accessories, and specials on refillable shampoos.