For the past 14 years, Car-Free Day has brought its multi-site art and cultural festivals to different spots in Vancouver, attracting more than 400,000 people each summer. Along the way, the celebrations have promoted the idea of traffic thoroughfares as public spaces, and invited the public to contemplate a city less dependent on cars.
This year, the festival returns to a trio of popular areas, allowing residents across Vancouver to experience Car-Free day in three different neighbourhoods on three different days:
West End Festival: Saturday, June 16, 2018, noon to 7pm
Location: Denman Street from Robson to Davie
This year, the Car-Free West End event has teamed up with Blueprint Entertainment and WE Arts to provide four stages, with themes likes world music, contemporary, and the LGBTQ community.
Main Street Festival: Sunday, June 17th, 2018, noon to 7pm
Location: Main Street from Broadway to 30th Avenue
On Main Street, be on the lookout for ten stages, organized by local groups and businesses like Accordion Noir, Neptoon Records, and Red Cat Records. Along with children’s activities and interactive arts installations, new partnerships with the Mount Pleasant BIA and the Fox, and the Wild Salmon Creative Café will all add to the excitement.
Commercial Drive Festival: Sunday July 8th, 2018, noon to 7pm
Location: Commercial Drive from Venables to North Grandview
With new and returning stages, an eclectic mix of community groups, business, and individuals will provide a day like no other, Featuring Zilla Live’s DJ Van, and Kyle Cardigan’s stage with a Commercial Drive-vibed coffee shop.
For more information, please visit www.carfreevancouver.org