Maple Ridge Car Free Day

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. 2019 was its first year. 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, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully the event returns in 2021.

 

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 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 am until 6 pm. Whenever it takes place again in the future, its hours of operation will likely be similar.

 

Market Vendors at Memorial Peace Park
Memorial Peace Park

 

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.

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.

 

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festivals

 

Other Information

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.

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