Taking place on 224th Street, Maple Ridge Car Free Day is one of several car free-themed events that take place in Metro Vancouver each year.
The Maple Ridge event took place for the first time in 2019 on Father’s Day. In 2020 it was scheduled to take place for the second time on the Sunday of June 21st. That didn’t end up happening, however, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether the event ever happens again in the future is to be determined. Maybe yes, but maybe no.
Maple Ridge Car Free Day
Featuring a variety of vendors and activities, Maple Ridge Car Free Day was a free family-friendly event. Throughout the day there are multiple food trucks, entertainers and other fun things to do and see.
224th Street in downtown Maple Ridge near the Memorial Peace Park turned into a massive street party during the event and closed to traffic. The park too was full of market vendors and entertainment.
The plan for 2020 was to run the event on June 21st (which is also both Father’s Day and Indigenous Peoples Day). However, the organizers had to postpone and eventually cancel the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its first year, in 2019, the street party went from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.
What to Expect
If and when it takes place, at Car Free Day in Maple Ridge there’s a variety of things to do for people of all ages. There are children’s activities, food trucks, performers and a market with fresh produce, hand-crafted items and art.
In 2019 there was also a craft beer festival that showcased a variety of local brews for those 19 years of age and older. The Race the Ridge cycling event also passed through the car free festival so attendees could cheer on the racers (or at least that was the case when both events were in June).
Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival
The Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival is an event involving twenty or so food trucks, a small number of artisan vendors and live entertainment. It used to take place in September and was its own independent one-day event. Since 2019, however, it has become part of the new Car Free Day celebrations.
To learn more about the food truck event from past years see our article about the Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival. For information about other similar events click Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festivals.
Consider taking public transit to get to the event as it’s a “car free” day. Also, wear good walking shoes as many people attending the event in the past have recorded walking over 10,000 steps while being there.
For other events you may be interested in check out the following:
- Car Free Days in Vancouver
- Port Moody Car Free Day
- Car Free Day Port Coquitlam
- Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival
- Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival
- Vancouver Festivals and Events
- Pitt Meadows & Maple Ridge