Parade of Lost Souls 2019 is the true highlight of the Halloween season in Vancouver

Parade of Lost Souls 2019

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Thought Halloween was over this Thursday? Think again!

The time-honoured Commerical Drive tradition, known as the Parade of Lost Souls, will be taking over East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive on November 2nd for a night of fantastic revelry.

This extremely popular annual event has been happening for over 25 years and is attended by well over 10,000 lost souls. Much more than a parade, the event includes costumed revellers, live bands, art installations, delicious food trucks, and much more!

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Parade of Lost Souls 2019 is the true highlight of the Halloween season in Vancouver

Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019

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This weekend, several neighbourhoods in Vancouver will be going car-free to host some sensational community events.

Can you imagine Main Street in East Vancouver free of cars? How about Denman Street in the West End? Seems impossible, right? Not during the Car Free Vancouver festivals, which kick off this weekend in three neighbourhoods across the city. The festival will transform major streets into a family-friendly and pedestrian-only space with entertainment, food, live performances, and a whole lot more.

The festivals will be taking place along Main Street, Denman Street, and in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. There will also be a celebration on Commercial Drive, but in July. Here’s what’s going down for car free day(s) in Vancouver:

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Your essential guide to Car Free Day(s) in Vancouver for 2019

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive is colourful and culturally rich (Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic).

Culturally rich and alive with energy, Commercial Drive – better known to Vancouverites as The Drive – boasts 22 blocks packed with quaint boutiques, eclectic restaurants, live music and performance bars, theatres, cafes, specialty food shops and bakeries, as well as Vancouver’s officially designated Little Italy.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive

Celebrate La Bella Italia at Italian Day on the Drive!

That’s amore on Commercial Drive! Entering its 10th year, Italian Day on the Drive (June 9) raises a toast to Italian culture and heritage with more than 130 merchants, vendors, partners and community organizations collaborating to stage the buzziest block party of the year for upwards of 300,000 attendees.

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Celebrate La Bella Italia at Italian Day on the Drive!

Vancouver’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores

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I don’t know about you, but shopping is one of my favourite pastimes! There’s nothing like strolling Vancouver in search of the best vintage finds to relax and unwind. Rather than sporting similar looks from the high-street as everyone else, vintage stores open the doors to unique styles. So, if you’re new to Vancouver or returning, keep on reading to find out where to get your hands on effortlessly cool vintage pieces.

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Vancouver’s Best Vintage Clothing Stores

Vancouver Welcomes Back Italian Day on the Drive, June 11! (Free Giveaway!)

Looking for the biggest celebration of Italian culture west of the Mediterranean? Italian Day returns to Commercial Drive for it’s 8th year to celebrate Italian culture, community and heritage.

Commercial Drive will transform into a festive, 14-block celebration zone, filled with over 200 exciting merchants, food vendors, live entertainment and more. Last year’s festival saw Italian Day on The Drive take the top spot as the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver, and 2017 is expected to be no different.

This year’s Italian Day theme is Amore, and will attract enthusiastic attendees, no matter what age or culture, with its universal message – love.

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Vancouver Welcomes Back Italian Day on the Drive, June 11! (Free Giveaway!)

#VeryVancouver Neighbourhoods – Commercial Drive

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A confluence of cultures makes Commercial Drive, or “The Drive,” a neighbourhood worth exploring. Known as “Little Italy,” this diverse neighbourhood is home to a colourful mix of hippies, immigrants and families. Back in the late 1800s, the area was a thoroughfare used for logging, with shops springing up along Commercial as the surrounding area became residential. Subsequent waves of immigrants after the two world wars, many from Italy and Southern Europe, contributed to The Drive’s current character.

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#VeryVancouver Neighbourhoods – Commercial Drive