Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day) marks the 10th anniversary of Car Free Day Vancouver!
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.
All festival sites are still in need of volunteers. Complete a volunteer application today!