This weekend, leave your car at home and walk, bike, or skate your way to one of the major streets in Vancouver that will be shutting down for June 17 & 18 to celebrate Car Free Day. The festivals will be taking place along Main Street, Denman, and in Kitsilano. 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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West End (Denman Street)

  • Date: Saturday, June 17
  • Time: noon to 7pm
  • Location: On Denman Street from Davie to Robson
  • More info: Facebook event page

Kicking off the car free festivities is the huge party on Denman Street that will include a vibrant mix of vendors, entertainment, and lots of food! There are music stages and jam sessions to listen to, art being exhibited and created live on the street and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.

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  • Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 17 – 18
  • Time: various times
  • Location: various locations
  • More infoKitsilano Block Parties

Kitsilano does something different for Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street, people throughout Kits host block parties with their neighbours. The block parties are as individual as the people who pull them together. Some have dancing, some have music, some have couches, chairs and carpets in the middle of the street and some share chips and a drink together! If you live in the area, you can also host your own block party.

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Main Street

  • Date: Sunday, June 18, 2016
  • Time: noon – 7pm
  • Location: On Main Street from Broadway to 30th
  • More info: Facebook event page

The biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals spans 21 blocks for mini festivals, community stages, dozens of bands, kids zones, artisan markets (three!), and popular food vendors. You can really taste the flavour of Main Street with extended patios from many restaurants.

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Commercial Drive

  • Date: Sunday, JULY 9, 2017
  • Time: noon – 7pm
  • Location: Spanning 15 blocks from Venables to Grandview
  • More info: Facebook event page

Shaking things up this year, Car Free Day on Commercial Drive has changed to Sunday, July 9! Commercial Drive was the birthplace of the car free festival, so you know this celebration is going to be exciting. Spanning Grandview to Venables, this 15 block long fest will be packed with amazing local artisans, vendors & community groups, delicious food straight from the Drive, and tonnes of entertainment and activities for all ages.

If you need any more information, check out the Car Free Day Vancouver website.

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