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Car Free Day in Port Coquitlam

Car Free Day Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam Car Free Day is a new event in the Tri-Cities area. It features live music, local food, games and other activities near the end of the summer.

Last year the Port Coquitlam event debuted on Sunday, September 10th, which was the day after Commercial Drive Car Free Day and the week after the Labour Day Long Weekend. In 2024 the event takes place on Saturday, September 7th.


Visit portcoquitlam.ca for the event’s official webpage.


Port Coquitlam Car Free Day

Car Free Days is a series of outdoor festivals across Metro Vancouver. One of the newest additions to the Car Free Day scene is in Port Coquitlam. The first ever Car Free Day event in the city took place in September of last year. The event returns on September 7th in 2024! That’s the same day as the Commercial Drive Car Free Day in Vancouver.

Similar to other events in the series, Car Free Day in Port Coquitlam is a day full of free family-friendly activities. Presented in part by the Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association, the event includes live entertainment, community booths, food vendors and electric vehicle displays. Best of all? Admission is free!


When and Where?

The second edition of Port Coquitlam Car Free Day takes place on Saturday, September 7th. Last year’s event ran from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm, so for most of the day. 2024 details will likely be similar.

The event is held along McAllister Avenue in Port Coquitlam. Sticking with the theme of Car Free Day, organizers encourage everyone to leave their cars at home and use a different mode of transportation to get to the event.


Live Music at Car Free Day in Port Coquitlam


What to Expect

As with other Car Free Day events in the Lower Mainland, expect to see people of all ages walking and enjoying the fresh air along with all of the activities on offer. McAllister Avenue is closed to traffic for the day. The only cars you’ll see in the area are the electric vehicles that are on-site to check out.

Be sure to attend Port Coquitlam’s Car Free Day event with an empty stomach as there are all sorts of local foods and beverages available for purchase. Also expect to see market vendors and community booths with representatives to talk to. Games and activities at the event include miniature golf, an obstacle course and an area for bicycle tricks.

The other big component of Car Free Day Port Coquitlam is the live entertainment. Performances take place on two different stages throughout the day.


See the the City of Port Coquitlam‘s website for full details about the event.


The Taxmen Beatles Band at Car Free Day
The Taxmen Beatles Tribute Band


Car Free Day Entertainment Schedule

The following was the schedule of performers and entertainment at the event in 2023. 2024 details are TBC as of the beginning of July.


On the Main Stage

  • 12:00 pm – Antonio Larosa Band
  • 1:00 pm – Now or Never Crew
  • 1:30 pm – Speakers
  • 1:45 pm – Carmelina Cupo
  • 3:00 pm – Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers
  • 4:15 pm – Krystle Dos Santos’ More than Motown
  • 5:45 pm – Myrtle Sisters Musical Revue
  • 6:45 pm – Taxmen


On the Family stage

  • 12:30 pm – Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Variety Show
  • 1:45 pm – Kung Jaadee
  • 2:45 pm – Karima Essa
  • 3:45 pm – Will’s Jams
  • 5:00 pm – Rock ‘n’ Beau


Event Video

For a better idea of what to expect, watch the video below. It includes footage from the 2023 Car Free Day event in Port Coquitlam. The band featured in the video is Taxmen.




The American Crown Circus Circo Osorio was in the Tri-Cities from October 19th to 30th in 2023. It was at Coquitlam Centre. It will hopefully be back again around the same time in 2024.

When it’s in town, this circus is a great, family-friendly attraction that’s also very affordable. Up to two young children can get in for free per paying adult!


Circo Osorio Circus in the Lower Mainland


Other Information

For more information about the event, visit the City of Port Coquitlam‘s website.

To learn about other Car Free Day events, see our articles about Car Free Day Surrey, New Westminster, Commercial Drive, Main Street and Denman Street, as well as the Shipyards Festival in North Vancouver (which is affiliated with Car Free Day on the North Shore).

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