This year marks the 11th anniversary of Car Free Day in Vancouver and we’ve got tonnes of family friendly, community fun in store!
Car Free Day celebrates the vibrancy of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods by organizing a multi-site annual arts and culture festival that reclaims traffic thoroughfares as community-focused public spaces allowing residents, artists, performers, artisans, non-profits and businesses to interact, engage and re-imagine spaces normally reserved for vehicle traffic.
The festival began 11 years ago on Commercial Drive as a response to the provincial government’s Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project. The idea was to reclaim the streets and oppose highway expansion and more traffic. Today, we still believe that fewer cars equals more community. This year Car Free Day will occur in four Vancouver neighbourhoods and the concept has expanded to three cities in B.C. and three local high schools.
We continue to be 100% organized by local volunteers. All festival sites are still in need of help! Complete a volunteer application today!
2015 Festival Highlights
West End – Saturday, June 20th, Noon-6pm from Davie to Robson on Denman Street: Fun for young, old, families, couples and single folks, which includes music, artists, artisans, and lots of local community groups.
Commercial Drive – Sunday, June 21st, Noon-7pm from Venables to Grandview on Commercial Drive: Roller disco, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning beats, and all your friends and neighbours hanging out.
Main Street – Sunday, June 21st, Noon-7pm from Broadway to 30th on Main Street: Mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets, roller derby, skateboarding, parkour and more!
Kitsilano – Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st: Block parties by local residents and their neighbours.
Photo credit: thirteencentpinball via Flickr