Our Three Favourite Celebrations in Vancouver’s Hippest Neighbourhood

  • Houses for sale in Commercial Drive have become a hot commodity in large part due to the neighbourhood’s rising reputation as the hippest in downtown Vancouver.  With a plethora of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars, it is no surprise that people are flocking to this corner of Vancouver to carve out a place for themselves.  While there is always something fun and exciting happening in the area, Commercial Drive is also home to some of Vancouver’s most fun and cherished annual celebrations.  So, as you shop for Commercial Drive houses for sale, consider timing your search around one of these events to better gain an appreciation for how truly fun this neighbourhood can be.

    A Midsummer Celebration of Little Italy

    Throughout the mid 20th Century, many Italian immigrants moved into the Commercial Drive area and can be thanked for starting to build the excitement and revitalization in the area that is still present to this day.  In celebration of this heritage, Commercial Drive hosts Italian Day each summer – this year on Sunday June 11.  This street fest happens to be the largest in Vancouver with over 350,000 people attending each year.  If you join the masses, expect to enjoy live music and theatre, street art, plenty of games and activities for the entire family, and, of course, delicious Italian eats.  

    A Young, but Perfect, Vancouver Tradition

    Vancouver has long held a reputation of being a green city with an undying love for the outdoors and, twelve years ago, Commercial Drive sought to celebrate this special characteristic.  Car Free Day is just that – a street festival across 15 blocks of Commercial Drive that celebrates and advocates for car free spaces and green living throughout the city.  Much like Italian Day, visitors can expect local food, music, artists, booths, and fun and games for the entire family.  This summer it will be held on July 9th – a beautiful time of year to also explore Commercial Drive houses for sale!

    Commercial Drive houses for sale: Enjoy Halloween Celebration

    On the last Saturday of each October, Commercial Drive transforms into a Halloween playground for any adults in the know.  The Parade of Lost Souls is a grassroots, costumed, parade of revelry that takes to the streets of the Commercial Drive neighbourhood each fall.  The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret hosts this nonprofit event, and each year thousands of people show up to dance, drink, and be merry while celebrating the spookiest night of the year.    Those interested must pay close attention, as the starting location isn’t revealed until Friday at midnight!

    The Commercial Drive area has a lot to offer potential homebuyers, and it is no surprise that it has quickly become one of Vancouver’s most popular neighbourhoods.  Day to day life on The Drive boasts a high quality of living, and the annual events really put it over the top.  Give Team Nickerson a call today to start exploring Commercial Drive houses for sale and to see exactly what this thriving neighbourhood has to offer!

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