Car Free Day, City of North Vancouver

We are extremely pleased to announce that Car Free Day is returning to North Vancouver! Mark you calendar for Saturday August 22nd and come down to Lower Lonsdale check out North Vancouver’s unique take on Car Free Day. Visit our North Vancouver page for more details and consider signing up as a volunteer, community group, vendor, or entertainer! This is a festival put on for the citizens of North Vancouver so everyone is welcome.

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Help the Car Free Festivals – Please provide us with feedback

Hello!

Do you want to help shape next year’s Car Free festival?

Please fill out our survey to give us feedback. Please feel free to forward this link to all of your friends and family who visited a Car Free festival this year.

To thank you for your participation you can choose to leave us your e-mail and be entered into a draw for two tickets to the PNE.

Sincerely,

The Car Free Organizing Team

 

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Car Free Day 2015! West End Now on Saturday!

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.

Get Involved

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.

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Car Free Day Main Street

Photo credit: thirteencentpinball via Flickr

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Next Car Free Day Organizer Meetings

Come join us for our Car Free Day organizer meetings! Car Free Day is entirely volunteer run and we are always looking for people to help out. Feel free to drop in at one of our meetings or sign up as a volunteer with Commercial Drive, the Kitsilano block parties, Main Street, or the West End.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Festival: Main Street Car Free Festival
  • Date & Time: Sunday, June 14th, from 11 am to 5 pm (Note multiple meetings: 11 am to 12:30 pm  Organizers Meeting, 1 pm to 2:30 pm Core Team Orientation, 3 pm to 5 pm Day of Volunteer Orientation)
  • Location:  Odd Fellows Hall (1443 W. 8th Ave)
  • More Info: mainstreet@carfreevancouver.org 
  • Festival: Commercial Drive Car Free Festival
  • Date & Time: Sunday, May 31st, at 12pm
  • Location: Waves (Commercial Dr and 3rd Ave)
  • More Info: drivefest@carfreevancouver.org
  • Festival: West End Car Free Festival
  • Date & Time: Thursday, June 4th, at 7pm
  • Location: Vancouver Community Centre, Meeting Room 1
  • More Info: westend@carfreevancouver.org
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Car Free Day in Vancouver for 2015

SnowdropsThe snowdrops and croci are blooming, and our volunteers are gearing up to get ready for the eleventh Car Free Day Vancouver street festivals. Once again the public street festivals will be taking place along Commercial Drive and Main Street on Sunday, June 21st (Father’s Day). This year the Denman Street festival will be on Saturday, June 20th. The block parties will be spread out in various neighbourhoods in Kitsilano on Saturday and Sunday, June 20th & 21st. Stay tuned for details on what you can expect to experience, and if you would like to get involved in the planning or help us during the events, links will be posted soon!

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Car Free Vancouver Society AGM

Come join us Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm for the Car Free Vancouver Society Annual General Meeting. If you are thinking about getting involved at the sub-committee or board level or are interested in learning how the Car Free Day festivals or any of the Society’s other activities are organized, this is a great meeting to attend.

Wednesday, Dec 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30pm
Creekside Community Recreation Center
(1 Athlete’s Way / Olympic Village)
Multipurpose Room 1

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Car Free Day Vancouver is Sunday, June 15th

Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day) marks the 10th anniversary of Car Free Day Vancouver!

Celebrate with your neighbours at one or all of the festival sites: Commercial Drive, Main Street, West End and Kitsilano (Kits block parties take place Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th).

Car Free Day exhibits the vibrancy of Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods and draws on the creative energy of neighbours to remake local roadways as places of art, culture and sociability. The festival sites reclaim 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.

Car Free Day began 10 years ago on Commercial Drive as a response to the provincial government’s Gateway Program, also known as the 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. Car Free Day has expanded to four neighbourhoods and represents the next level in our evolution toward healthy communities, authentic cultural celebrations, and car-free streets. The four festival sites are 100% organized by local volunteers and each festival has a unique flavour.

2014 Festival Highlights

Commercial Drive – Sunday, June 15th, Noon-7pm from Venables to Grandview on The Drive: Roller disco, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning beats, and all your friends and neighbours hanging out.

Main Street – Sunday, June 15th, 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!

West End – Sunday, June 15th, Noon-6pm from Davie to Robson on Denman Street: Fun for young, old, families, couples and single folks, which includes acoustic music, a kids zone, non-profits, local politicians, artists and artisans.

Kitsilano – Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th: Block parties by and for local residents and their neighbours.

Car Free Day Vancouver

Photo credit: Roland Tanglao via Flickr

Get Involved

All festival sites are still in need of volunteers. Complete a volunteer application today!

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Kitsilano Performers

Are you an entertainer who would like to be part of the intimate Kitsilano block party vibe? Have you a hankering to share your music, spoken word, dance or other performance at one of the Kitsilano Block Parties happening Saturday and Sunday, June 14th & 15? You can make it happen by completing our Entertainer Application!

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Next Car Free Day Organizer Meetings 2014

Car Free Day 2014 is fast approaching! This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, June 15th. Car Free Day is entirely volunteer organized and run and we would love it if you could join the fun!

The next planning meetings are as follows. Everybody is welcome! Bring a friend or two – the more the merrier! No experience necessary.


Main Street Car Free Festival

Volunteer and Green Team Orientation
Date & Time: Sunday, June 8th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre (1 Kingsway), 8th St. exit courtyard

All Organizers
Date & Time: Sunday, June 8th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre (1 Kingsway), Multipurpose Room 2

More Info: mainstreet@carfreevancouver.org


West End Car Free Festival

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, May 7th, 7:00pm
  • Location: West End Community Centre (Denman Street), Meeting Room 2
  • More Info: westend@carfreevancouver.org

Cheers,
The Car Free Vancouver Society Team

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Drive Fest Consultations and Survey

What do you think Car Free Day Commercial Drive 2014 should look like? We want to hear from you! Drive Fest organizers are hosting in-person community consultations and a short online survey to get your feedback.

Car Free Day Commercial Drive (Drive Fest) is an annual event that takes place on Father’s Day. This year is the 10th anniversary of Drive Fest! Mark your calendar, the festival takes place June 15th.

We are proud to be a 100% volunteer run event, but running a festival in Vancouver is pricey. Last year’s Drive Fest expenses came to $27,000. Out of that amount our City bill was $20,000. Unfortunately the City bill for Drive Fest never decreases but goes up each year.

Take a moment to complete the online survey or meet us in person. We will be at Britannia Library (Commercial and Napier) in the Learning Resource Centre (lower level) on:

  • Sunday, February 23rd @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26th @ 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Come by, have a coffee and meet Drive Fest volunteers. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Please submit your feedback before February 26th.

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