A whopping 21 blocks on Main Street will be shut down to vehicle traffic this Father’s Day (June 18), when Vancouver’s largest Car Free Day event takes over the area.
The pedestrian-only block party, which spans from East Broadway to East 30th Avenue on Main Street, will feature 15 stages of live entertainment, various kid-friendly activities, and a bevy of local food, art, and crafts vendors.
Many restaurants will be extending their patios onto the street, where guests can enjoy a meal or drink while taking in the festivities.
Attractions include a skateboarding show by Antisocial Skateboard Shop (2337 Main Street), street hockey games, and performances at the Groundwerk Vancouver Stage, where attendees can discover some of the city’s top up-and-coming electronic musicians. Other live-music and entertainment stages will be sponsored by businesses such as Neptoon Records, the Biltmore Cabaret, and Red Cat Records.
A bike valet will be available for cyclists. Entry to the Car Free Day Festival is free. The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the West End will be hosting its own Car Free Day on June 17. From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., traffic will be shut down on Denman Street from Davie Street to Robson Street, where guests will find a mix of live-music stages, jam sessions, and art exhibitions.
Commercial Drive’s Car Free Day will take place on July 9—a month later than typically scheduled, presumably so as to not coincide with the area’s Italian Day celebrations. Stretching 15 blocks from Venables Street to Grandview Highway on the Drive, the event will feature local craftspeople, musicians, food vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. It, too, takes place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Translink will reroute its buses accordingly on these days. Walking, cycling, or taking public transit to the events is recommended.
Launched in 2004 on Commercial Drive, Car Free Day was founded to encourage the use of car-free and community-oriented spaces in the city. Approximately 400,000 people attend Vancouver's three major Car Free Day Festivals every year. For more information about the events, visit Car Free Day Vancouver’s website.