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 CANCELLED IN 2020
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus and concerns about its spread, this year’s Commercial Drive Car Free Day event has been cancelled. The organizers of the street party planned to have online activities take place on the day instead. No live music, vendor stalls or crowds of people filled the street though in 2020.
Car Free Day on Commercial Drive
In 2020 the Commercial Drive Car Free Day event was scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 12th. Details for 2021 are to be determined.
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.
About the Festival
Vancouver’s original Car Free Day is the one on Commercial Drive and it’s been taking place there since 2005. It’s an environmentally-friendly event where pedestrians retake the street and celebrate life without their cars.
At Car Free Day on Commercial Drive the street is lined with food trucks, vendors of all kinds and display tables from local businesses and community organizations. There are street performers, musicians, beer gardens and tens of thousands of people.
For more information about the event see the Commercial Drive Festival website.
For a list of other major events throughout the year, check out the Festivals & Events Calendar.