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 takes place on Father’s Day. Last year was its first year. In 2020 it was scheduled to take place for the second time on the Sunday of June 21st. That won’t be happening now, however, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 event will now either be postponed until September 27th, when it will have an Oktoberfest theme, or be cancelled completely and not happen again until 2021. Exact details are to be confirmed.
Other car free day events in the Lower Mainland include ones on Denman Street, Main Street and Commercial Drive in the City of Vancouver, and another in Port Moody. All of these have been cancelled for 2020 because of COVID-19, although some activities at the Vancouver events are still taking place online.
Maple Ridge Car Free Day
Featuring a variety of vendors and activities, Maple Ridge Car Free Day is a free family-friendly event. Throughout the day there are multiple food trucks, entertainers and other fun things to do and see.
During the event, 224th Street in downtown Maple Ridge near the Memorial Peace Park is closed to traffic and transformed into a massive street party. The park too is full of market vendors and entertainment.
The date for the festival in 2020 is tentative this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally the plan was to have it on June 21st (which is also both Father’s Day and Indigenous Peoples Day). As of the late spring of 2020, however, the organizers have cancelled the June 21st date and are crossing their fingers that it can be postponed successfully.
An alternative to the original Father’s Day date is to have the festivities on September 27th with an Oktoberfest theme. If that doesn’t work, however, then the event will be postponed until 2021.
In its first year, in 2019, the street party went from 9 am until 6 pm. Whenever it takes place again in the future, its hours of operation will likely be similar.
What to Expect
If and when it does take 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.
There is also scheduled to be a craft beer festival taking place that showcases a variety of local brews for those 19 years of age and older. The Race the Ridge cycling event also passes through the car free festival so attendees can cheer on the racers (or at least that’s the case when both events are 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.
To see more information about the event click Maple Ridge Car Free Day.
For other events you may be interested in check out the following:
- Car Free Days in Vancouver
- Port Moody Car Free Day
- Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival
- Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival
- Vancouver Festivals and Events