Car Free Kick-off: Saturday, February 2nd

When: Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ’til late

Where: The Beaumont Studios, 316 West 5th Ave. (5th & Alberta)

Car Free Kick-Off PosterDetails: Climb out of your car and celebrate the countdown to Car Free Day with the Car Free Vancouver Society and The Beaumont Studios! Volunteers, participants, supporters, friends and family all welcome as we work towards another year of bringing our streets to life with community awesomeness and car-free fun. We are always looking for new blood and ideas and planning is underway to celebrate the 9th annual Car Free Vancouver Day on June 16, 2013. For entertainment we have DJ Soo and DJ Eclectik and for fun, karaoke singalong with Steven Jui.

If you enjoy art, dancing and friendly people, then come on out Vancouver and show your love for Car Free Day! View the Facebook invitation. Sorry, no minors.

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Car Free Kick-off 2013

Car Free Kick-Off Poster

When: Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ’til late

Where: The Beaumont Studios, 316 West 5th Ave. (5th & Alberta)

Details: Climb out of your car and come celebrate the countdown to Car Free Day with the Car Free Vancouver Society and The Beaumont Studios. Volunteers, participants, supporters, friends and family all welcome as we work towards another year of bringing our streets to life with community awesomeness and car-free fun. We are always looking for new blood and ideas and planning is underway to celebrate the 9th annual Car Free Vancouver Day on June 16, 2013.

Come on out Vancouver and show your love for Car Free Day! View and share the Facebook invitation. Check back for more details. Sorry, no minors.

 

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Come to the Car Free Vancouver Society Annual General Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27th

You’re invited to the Car Free Vancouver Society’s Annual General Meeting!

Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Art Room, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway

We’re looking for new members to join our committees. We particularly need Car Free Vancouver Day festival liaisons, Web Team members and folks with administrative skills, but we welcome anyone who wishes to contribute to the work of the Car Free Vancouver Society.

Please also join us at the AGM if you’re interested in hosting a festival in your neighbourhood for Car Free Vancouver Day.

Bring your ideas and your friends. The more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you.

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November 2012 Car Free Vancouver Society Newsletter

The latest Car Free Vancouver Society newsletter is now available! Get the scoop on next year’s Car Free Vancouver Day, our upcoming Annual General Meeting, a year-end holiday party for volunteers, and our support for initiatives like Get OnBoard and closing 800-block Robson Street to vehicle traffic.

 

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Car Free Vancouver Society supports permanent closure of 800-block Robson Street to vehicle traffic

800-block Robson Street Letter

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Car Free Vancouver Day 2013 & Car Free Vancouver Society Annual General Meeting Announcement

The dates are set for Car Free Vancouver Day 2013! On Sunday, June 16th you’ll find festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End on Denman Street. Kitsilano block parties will take place on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th.

If you want to see a festival in your neighbourhood, now is the time to reach out. We’ll help you set one up in your community. Get in touch with us at info@carfreevancouver.org.

The Car Free Vancouver Society is looking for new members. Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30-9:00 p.m., which will be held in the Art Room at Mount Pleasant Community Centre (1 Kingsway). At the AGM, you’ll have an opportunity to join one of our committees. We particularly need Car Free Vancouver Day festival liaisons, Web Team members and folks with administrative skills, but we welcome anyone who wishes to contribute to the work of the Car Free Vancouver Society. Bring your ideas and your friends. The more the merrier!

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Thank you Vancouver!

We would like to thank all of you for participating in and supporting Car Free Vancouver Day 2012! We thank you for your presence, for bringing merriment to the festivals, and for being so generous with your creativity, time, gifts-in-kind and other donations. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street

Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street. Photo credit: Steve Tannock

In particular, we would like to thank Doug and the team at City of Vancouver Cultural Services for their support with the Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program, Tree Brewing, The Still Brandworks, Colour Time Printing and Digital ImagingGuayaki Yerba Mate and Mills Basics for contributions supporting all 2012 festival sites. We also give thanks to the many organizations, businesses and individuals that supported individual festivals. You can find a complete list of these thank yous on the festival web pages: Commercial Drive, Kitsilano, Main Street and West End.

We hope you had a fantastic day on June 17th visiting the car-free festivals around the city. If you enjoyed Car Free Vancouver Day and would like to see it continue in the future, we strongly encourage you to tell the Mayor and Vancouver City Council (please send a copy of your messages to info@carfreevancouver.org). Car Free Vancouver Day is 100% volunteer organized and run. Your support, in the form of emails and letters to the City and donations to the Car Free Vancouver Society, have a huge impact and will help us bring back the festival next year.

We would love to hear from you if you want to see Car Free Vancouver Day in your neighbourhood next year or if you’re interested in joining the Car Free Vancouver Society’s organizing teams. Please contact us at: info@carfreevancouver.org.

Salsa Dancing on Commercial Drive

Salsa Dancing on Commercial Drive. Photo credit: Shannon LaBelle

Finally, a big thanks to all of you who snapped photos at our festival sites, and particularly to those of you who used a Creative Commons license that allows us to share your images. If you would like to show us your photos, we encourage you to join one or more of our Flickr groups:

Car Free Vancouver Day (all festivals)
Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street
Car Free Vancouver Day in the West End

The Car Free Vancouver Society is active year-round so please keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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Car Free Vancouver Day is Sunday, June 17th!

Vancouver’s funnest, biggest and most pedestrian-friendly party is this weekend!

Car free street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End (Denman Street) take place Sunday, June 17th/Father’s Day. Kitsilano will be hosting several neighbourhood block parties (intended for the people who live on those blocks) on Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th.

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Sticker

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Sticker (we thank Janine, Adam and Andrew at The Still Brandwork for this sticker and Colourtime for printing services)

Please check the festival web pages for complete information about festival locations/times and to find out what’s happening in each neighbourhood:

Commercial Drive Featuring four stages of music including HeadWater, Wassabi Duo and others (find the full line-up on the Commercial Drive festival web page); roller disco; dance workshops; Kidzone; artisans; Drive Vibe fashion show; delicious pie from OccuPIE and more!

Main Street Highlights are the SFU Philosophers’ Cafe “Street Life” discussion; eight stages of entertainment featuring T-Riley, The Evaporators and other great acts (find the full line-up on the Main Street festival web page); BLIM Market; a pedal-powered DJ; comics making; Tai Chi; knit-in and living room; kids bike rodeo and more!

West End Featuring a Father’s Day tie swap (bring your ties!); local musicians including Reid Jamieson, Meshe & Moon Circus and others; Vancouver Historical Society; philosophy corner; Vancouver Aquarium; Gassy Jack walking the festival site and more!

Kitsilano Block parties hosted by Kits residents for neighbours on these streets to gather together and build community.

I support Car Free

Car Free Vancouver Day is 100% volunteer organized and run. We’ll be collecting donations at all of our festival sites because we don’t accept corporate sponsorships, have no banner sponsors and are not interested in becoming an advertising opportunity. Car Free Vancouver Day is all about taking over the streets and reclaiming them for neighbourhoods. To support us, please make a cash donation at the festivals or donate now by clicking the Donate button on the right side of this page.

On June 17th, visit the festival closest to you or choose to rove from Fest to Fest throughout the city to get a taste of different neighbourhood celebrations. You’ll meet great people, have loads of fun and will have an opportunity to consider how Vancouver’s neighbourhoods can continue to build community and reduce car dependency. We are a pedestrian/bike/transit-friendly festival so please respect the spirit of the day and don’t drive! BEST will provide bike valet service on Main Street and Commercial Drive so that you can securely park your bike at these sites.

Stay connected with us at the festivals: You’ll find us on Facebook and Twitter @carfreeyvr. Use hashtags #CFDrive #CFKits #CFMain and #CFWest when tweeting about the different festivals. Bring your cameras to Car Free Vancouver Day and share your photos with us on Flickr (note that we really appreciate Creative Commons licensing of photos so that we can use them with attribution and share alike). We encourage you to download and share our posters and stickers.

We look forward to seeing you rain or shine this weekend! We’ve ordered sunshine but we know this city can be counted on to have fun even if it means donning raincoats, umbrellas and rubber boots. Let’s splash to our heart’s content in the puddles if it turns out we can’t frolic in the sunshine!

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Car Free Vancouver Day is one week away!

Yahoo!!! Only one week until Vancouver’s funnest, biggest and most pedestrian-friendly party kicks off!

Kitsilano block parties will happen on Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th. Car free street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End (Denman Street) take place Sunday, June 17th/Father’s Day.

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Sticker

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Sticker (we thank Janine, Adam and Andrew at The Still Brandwork for this sticker and Colourtime for printing services)

Please check the festival web pages regularly this week for complete information about what’s happening in each neighbourhood:

Commercial Drive Featuring music, roller disco, dance workshops, Kidzone, artisans, Drive Vibe fashion show, pie and more!

Main Street Highlights are street hockey, SFU Philosophers’ Cafe, a pedal-powered DJ, BLIM Market, Tai Chi, knit it and living room, kids bike rodeo, music and more!

West End Participants include Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Historical Society, West End Seniors’ Network, PuddleCity Arts and more!

Kitsilano So many block parties! View the map.

We’re still accepting volunteer applications this week for the major street festivals. Help us turn our streets into car free, celebratory, fun for free community spaces! If you can spare even just a few hours at one of our sites we would love for you to sign up right now:

If you would like to support Car Free Vancouver Day by making a donation to the festival please click the donate button on the right side of this page. We are a truly grassroots festival and have no sponsors, only supporters.

Please tell your friends, family and neighbours about Car Free Vancouver Day. Download and share our poster and stickers to promote the festival on your blog, via social media, in person and any other ways you like to communicate.

On Car Free Vancouver Day, visit the festival closest to you or choose to rove from Fest to Fest throughout the city to get a taste of different neighbourhood celebrations. You’ll meet great people, have loads of fun and will have an opportunity to consider how Vancouver’s neighbourhoods can continue to build community and reduce car dependency. We are a pedestrian/bike/transit-friendly festival so please keep with the spirit of the day and don’t drive! BEST will provide bike valet service so that you can securely park your bike at each site.

Stay connected with us this week and at the festivals. You’ll find us on Facebook and Twitter @carfreeyvr. Use hashtags #CFDrive #CFKits #CFMain and #CFWest when tweeting about the different festivals. Bring your cameras to Car Free Vancouver Day and share your photos with us on Flickr (note that we really appreciate Creative Commons licensing of photos so that we can use them with attribution and share alike).

See you next weekend!

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Car Free Vancouver Day is two weeks away!

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Poster

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Poster
(we thank Janine, Adam and Andrew at The Still Brandwork for the poster and Colourtime for printing services)

Car Free Vancouver Day is nearly here! Kitsilano block parties will happen on Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th. Car free street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End (Denman Street) take place Sunday, June 17th/Father’s Day.

We encourage you to check all of the festival web pages regularly to find out what’s happening in each neighbourhood:

Commercial Drive Featuring music, roller disco, dance workshops, Kidzone, artisans, vintage fashion show, pie and more!

Main Street Highlights are street hockey, SFU Philosophers’ Cafe, a pedal-powered DJ, BLIM Market, Tai Chi, knit it and living room, kids bike rodeo, music and more!

West End Participants include Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Historical Society, West End Seniors’ Network, PuddleCity Arts and more!

Kitsilano So many block parties! View the map.

We’re posting previews of the fun you can expect to have and you’ll also find information about upcoming volunteer orientation sessions. We still need *many* volunteers to help us turn our streets into car free, celebratory, fun for free community spaces! If you can spare even just a few hours at one of our sites we would love for you to sign up right now:

If you would like to support Car Free Vancouver Day by making a donation to the festival please click the donate button on the right side of this page. We are a truly grassroots festival and have no sponsors, only supporters.

Please tell your friends, family and neighbours about Car Free Vancouver Day. Download and share our poster and stickers to promote the festival on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, in person and any other ways you like to communicate.

We can’t wait to see all of you at *your* festivals!

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