Car Free Day Transforms Vancouver into a Block Party, June 16-17

Photo credit: Car Free Day Vancouver

Which block party will you attend? Once a year Car Free Day festivities fill the streets in four Vancouver neighbourhoods: Commercial Drive, Main Street, West End and Kitsilano.

This year, Car Free Day parties take place both June 16 and June 17 (Father’s Day). The pedestrian/bike/skateboard/unicycle/transit-friendly events are completely volunteer run, and designed to build community whilst reducing car dependency.

With creative and family-friendly draws like roller disco, street hockey, kids’ bike rodeo, knit ins, live music, and even a pie station,  it’s not hard to see why more than 50,000 Vancouverites take to the streets.

Get the scoop on the activities and performers in each Vancouver neighborhood after the jump. 

Photo credit: Car Free Day Vancouver

 Car Free Day Block Parties

Commercial Drive

When: June 17 from noon to 6 pm. Streets are closed from 10am to 8pm.
Where: Venables St. to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane
Perks: This is where Vancouver’s car-free carnivals began, back in 2005. Enjoy roller disco, free pie at “OccuPIE” camp, roaming street performers, 4 stages with live music and  – including a KidsZone stage – plus many food vendors and artisans.

Main Street

When: June 17 from noon to 8pm. Streets are closed from 10am  to 10pm
Where: East 12th to 29th on Main Street
Perks: The longest party happening this year, Main Street will be a hive of activity including BLIM craft market on 17th Avenue, Street Hockey and a Knit In Living Room on 28th Avenue, a Community Police Kids Bike Rodeo on 15th Avenue, The SFU Philosophers’ Cafe and over 8 stages of live music by Anza Club, Neptune Records and more.

West End

When: June 17 from noon to 6pm. The street is closed from 10am to 8pm.
Where: Denman Street between Davie and Robson
Perks: Kids Zone, Bouncy Castle, BBQ by Tango Gourmet Meats, visitors from the Vancouver Aquarium and a special appearance by Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012.


When: June 16 and June 17 from 10am to 9pm
Where: All over Kits. See this map of block parties.
Perks: Kits does its own thing on Car Free Day. Rather than shut down a street, neighbours get together and host parties throughout the neighbourhood. Celebrations often include a barbecue, music, and living room set ups in the middle of the street. Check the map of festivities and join in.

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