A number of Car Free Day street festivals take place in Vancouver each summer including one on Commercial Drive between Venables and Grandview in July.
Car Free Day on Commercial Drive
In 2020 the Commercial Drive Car Free Day event was scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 12th. Unfortunately, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the event was cancelled.
The 2021 festival had a new event called Car Free Month which featured small events between August 29th and September 25th.
In 2022 Commercial Drive Car Free Day takes place on Saturday, September 10th. Additional details are to be confirmed.
Time and Location
In 2020 the Commercial Drive Festival was supposed to take place on Sunday, July 12th between 12:00 and 7:00 pm. Up until 2016 the event was always on Father’s Day in June, the same day as the Main Street Car Free Day event. Since 2017, however, the Commercial Drive venue happens about a month later, which makes a lot of sense.
Car Free Day on Commercial Drive runs on Commercial Drive along the fifteen or so blocks between Grandview Highway and Venables Street.
Getting to the Festival
As the festival emphasizes the importance of environmental awareness, try to visit the festival car free. There are many transit options very close to the festival including bus and SkyTrain routes.
Consult the TransLink website for exact transit scheduling.
CAR FREE DAY IN NEWTON
Surrey Car Free Day is a new car free day event. It took place on Saturday, June 11th in 2022, along 137th Street in the Newton neighbourhood of Surrey. The event offered live entertainment, market vendors and lots of family-friendly activities!
About the Festival
The Commercial Drive event is Vancouver’s original Car Free Day event. It first took place in 2005. It’s an environmentally-friendly event where pedestrians retake the street and celebrate life without their cars.
Food trucks, vendors of all kinds and display tables from local businesses and community organizations line the street at Commercial Drive’s Car Free Day. There are street performers, musicians, beer gardens and tens of thousands of people.
The event is very family-friendly, with activities for children as well as adults. There are often games of road hockey and the young ones are welcome to play.
To learn more about this event see the Vancouver Car Free Day website.
To learn more about the area see our article about Commercial Drive.
For details about similar Car Free Day events see our articles about the events on Main Street and Denman Street, or the events in Port Moody and Surrey. For information about Car Free Day events in North Vancouver, New Westminster and other areas, click Lower Mainland Car Free Days.
To see a list of other major events throughout the year, check out the Festivals & Events Calendar.