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Car Free Day Vancouver 2024

Promote a sustainable environment, active ways of transportation, and enjoy loud parties on the city's main streets

Dates: September 8, 2024 | September 15, 2024

Car Free Day Vancouver
Car Free Day Vancouver
Car Free Day Vancouver

Car Free Day Vancouver is an annual event based on the community traditions of four neighbourhoods. Hundreds of thousands come out to the streets to have a day-long festival and promote active transport, public spaces and reduce carbon emissions. This a great day for pedestrians, cyclists, and rollerbladers. The usually busy streets turn into a place for huge parties, live entertainment, market stalls, food vendors, music, and fun.

Car Free Day Main Street (September 15, 2024)

Car Free Day on Main Street is a street party-style festival with live music, artisan and food vendors, as well as family-friendly entertainment. The event is free for the public to attend. In recent years, up to 400,000 people showed up for Car Free Days in Vancouver at various locations. Attendees are encouraged to use public transport and bicycles to get to the celebration.

Car Free Day Commercial Drive (September 8, 2024)

The street party on Commercial Drive was originally taking place in June and July. In the last few years, the event was moved to September. In 2024, the festivities and family-friendly entertainment will run from noon to 7:00 pm. The street party stretches for approximately 15 blocks of Commercial Drive, from Grandview Highway to Venables Street.

Car Free Days History

Around 25,000 people took part in the first Vancouver Car Free Day in 2005, and since then the number of attendants has only been growing. These street parties have become so popular that in recent years people celebrated not one but two days. The main goal of such events is to remind people of their impact on the city's ecology, to decrease the dependence on cars, and encourage more active alternative forms of transportation.

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