Port Moody Car Free Day is a free community event where people, vendors, entertainers and kid-friendly activities take over St. Johns Street in Port Moody.
Car Free Day in Port Moody
A number of Car Free Day events take place in the Lower Mainland including in Vancouver on Main Street, Denman Street and Commercial Drive. Since a few years ago, Port Moody has had its own event celebrating pedestrians in mid-August too.
When and Where
Port Moody was going to celebrate its fourth annual Car Free Day event on Sunday, August 23, 2020. However, the event was cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In years when it does take place (hopefully as early as 2021), the event usually runs from around noon until 7:00 pm.
The festival takes place in Port Moody along St. Johns Street between Queens Street and Moody Street.
What to Expect
At Port Moody Car Free Day you can expect to see artisan, local business and community organization booths, as well as bands playing live music, food vendors, a beer garden and family-friendly activities. When the weather cooperates, over 20,000 people attend.
Below was the entertainment lineup for 2019. 2021 entertainment will likely be comparable if the event happens.
- Trilogy – a fun band made up of three guys with similar first names: Jay Esplana, Jason Nickel and Jay Leonard Juatco.
- Kim Gray – a Vancouver Pop band.
- Clavinova Nights – a Vancouver Blues-Jazz band.
- Music with Marnie – a children’s performer based out of Vancouver.
Car Free Day Video
Below is a video of Port Moody Car Free Day to show you what it looks like.
The video was filmed at the event in August 2018 which was a time when British Columbia was experiencing one of its worst forest fire seasons ever. The air quality was rated exceptionally poor on the day, which explains the grey skies and fewer than normal people on the street.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your Car Free Day experience in Port Moody.
TIP #1: It’s a car free event, so leave your vehicle at home if you can (or ride your bike if you don’t live too far away).
TIP #2: There is a free shuttle bus that runs about once every half hour or so between Rocky Point Park at 2800 Murray Street and the Port Moody Rec Centre at 300 Ioco Road.
TIP #3: There is a nice walking path between the Rec Centre and the park too if you don’t want to wait for the bus.
For more information about the event see the City of Port Moody website.
To learn more about the surrounding area, including the city’s other various festivals and events, click Port Moody.
For lists of other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Free August Events
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places