It’s time again for the Mother of All Street Parties, the one that started it all!

In 2007, the Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival gave around 35,000
people a glimpse of urban paradise –TWICE! Even in the pouring rain,
people came out to dance in the streets, at this glorious free-for- all
street party thrown BY the people of East Van, FOR the people of East
Van. This year we will only be doing one Fest, on Car-Free Vancouver
Day (June 15) — but it’s going to be a goodie.

This landmark grass-roots phenomenon features roving artists and
performers of all flavours, spontaneous peculiar occurrences, a Soap
Box for speechifying, Commercial Drive Merchant Market, organization
info tables, Special Kidzone, the Cooperative Way, street hockey, tons
of babies and dogs, more crazy bikes than you can shake a stick at, and
general merry mayhem. Three perfomance stages include the Grandview
Live Stage boasting an eclectic mix of local performers; the Streetbeat
Stage featuring Vancouver’s best dj’s and other dance- oriented movers;
and a spokenword stage dishing up spokenword, storytelling, slam poetry
and audience activation.

Please come out and help us party like only East Van can! E-mail:


Kitsilano Block Parties Day: 21 parties and counting!

Kitsilano is celebrating Vancouver’s Car-Free Festival with an
innovative twist — instead of hosting one big celebration, the
neighbourhood will come together on June 15th with a bunch of
simultaneous block parties! These parties will be as individual as the
people who host them, and all will enjoy that car-free feeling when
they get together with other neighbours and celebrate in the street.

You don’t have to live in a block of single family homes to host or
take part in a block party. People in apartment towers, townhouses and
condos have them too! If you’re interested in learning about hosting a
block party or just want to find out more, please email us at or call Mel Lehan at 604.731.0599.

We can help you out with the city block party application process, and
provide you with information on fun party activities, as well as tips
to make sure your block party runs smoothly. Check out our Host a Party and Party Tool Kit Links below to find out more, or get in touch with us directly.

We’re looking forward to meeting our Kitsilano neighbours on the streets on the 15th of June!


"Liberty, Equality,Fraternity"

Come join us at the Main Event! Help make the point that streets are for people, not cars.
Participate in the celebration that will define the future of our
community. When you get here you will find a MAINstage where you can
get on your good foot, watch a skateboard demo courtesy of the
Vancouver Skateboard Alliance and the good people at AntiSocial, watch
a film festival of short clips by Happy Bat Cinema, watch a street
performance by Fireplay, pick up a stick and play some street hockey,
shop for organic local produce at the farmer’s market and join the
marching band in our opening and closing spectaculars. And there will
be more, much more, to keep you smiling, laughing and grooving.

by Mount Pleasant BIA, Riley Park Residents Association and empowered
by activists, artists, parents, musicians, walkers, riders, skaters,
strollers, concerned citizens, and so on and so forth, The Main Street
Car Free Day Festival aims to provide a fun, free, safe and stimulating
atmosphere for everyone and anyone.


If you would like to get involved in helping to organize this event. We need more volunteers. Taking back the streets FOR THE PEOPLE.

If you are intersted in general volunteering at the Main Street Car Free Festival please contact us at:


Sunday, June 15th
from noon to 6pm

We will be transforming Denman St. from a traffic-lined thoroughfare
into a pedestrian oasis filled with music stages, artists, street
vendors and space for seniors, parents and kids to frolic. We are
taking this one day to celebrate the richness of the West End and see
how reducing our car dependency can improve all of our lives.


We need West Enders who support the festival to help us keep Denman Street car-free for the day. See our call for volunteers for more info. We are also looking for local artisans who would like a table at the festival. See the call for artisans for more info.

Want to know more?

Check out our blog below for a sneak peek at some of the exciting
events we have planned for June 15th, as well as details on upcoming
organizing meetings.

Subscribe to our RSS feed or visit this site often. We’ll be regularly adding more information as the festival date draws closer.

Contact the organizers at:





Car Free Day- Commercial Dr, Kits, West End, Main St

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