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Car Free Day Sunday, June 19th On Commercial Drive & Main Street

15 Jun

CarFreeDayCar Free Day began over 10 years ago on Commercial Drive. The idea of organizers was to reclaim the streets and oppose highway expansion and more traffic. Car Free Day has now expanded to several neighbourhoods and in East Van will be held on Commercial Drive and on Main Street. These festivals are 100% organized by local volunteers and each festival has a unique flavor and is a family friendly event. There is lots to see and do for all ages. We have set out some of the highlights for this Sunday’s event at both locations.

Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview on Commercial Drive) Noon–7:00 pm

Car Free Day on Commercial Drive will span 15 blocks from Venables to Grandview and include an array of artisans, street patios, vendors, musicians and activities for all ages. Here is some of what you can expect at this year’s Car Free Day On The Drive:

Family Fun Zone filled with free activities at Charles Street
Wishing Wellness Garden At Napier Street
CiTR Radio 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine
Swordplay Demos by Academie Duello – School of Modern Swordplay
Bike tune up and bike race By Landyachtz Longboards
DJ Soo at The Venables Stage
Kitchener At the Public Domain Stage
The Carnival Band Parade at 5:30 pm
Letter Writing With Post A Letter Social Activity Club At 6th Avenue
Art Making Corner With Opus Art Supplies at The Napier Greenway
A Drum Circle by Paranada Traders

Note: For those planning to cycle to the event, there will be a free bike valet service provided by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST).

Main Street (Broadway to 30th on Main Street) Noon–7:00 pm

On Main Street, you will find lots of mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets and much more. The Main Street Festival takes up some 21 blocks. Some of the highlights of this year’s festival include:

Broadway: The Beaumont Studios Festival Zone
Community Police Street Hockey
TransLink Vintage Bus
Startup Zone
LOVE Leave Out Violence Mini-Festival
Enroot – Meals on Demand
Bohemia Gallery
Vancouver Performing Stars
The Granville Island Toy Company Children’s Zone
Street Fantasy Garden Fashion Show & Village
Neptoon Records Stage
Giving Gifts Festival Zone
Canvas Homemade Artisan Group
Groundwerk x De Radio Stage at Car Free Day
Sonic Planet Rock School Stage
The Reef Soca Block Party
Red Cat Records
Arts Off Main Gallery

Come out and celebrate Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods and our communities.  These events are free and will go ahead rain or shine. For more information on the events, visit Car Free Day.

Photo Credit: Car Free Day

Community Day At The York Theatre Sunday June 21

17 Jun

CommunityDayYorkYou are invited to attend Community Day at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, this Sunday, June 21st.   While you are on the Drive enjoying Car Free Day, make your way down to the York Theatre and join them for some family fun.  They will have free entertainment, hot dogs, popcorn, prizes AND you will get to watch Women’s World Cup Final 16 soccer on the big screen. Doors open at 11:00 am. There will be a traditional welcome at 11:30 am and at 12:15 pm the entertainment and music kicks off. At 1:30 pm, they will be showing the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final 16 Soccer Game. To reserve your spot(s) RSVP here.

Car Free Day Sunday June 15th

14 Jun

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Car Free Day began 10 years ago on Commercial Drive. The idea of organizers was to reclaim the streets and oppose highway expansion and more traffic. Today, organizers still believe that fewer cars equals more community. Car Free Day has now expanded to four neighbourhoods. The festival sites are 100% organized by local volunteers and each festival has a unique flavor and is a family friendly event. Lots to see and do for all ages. In East Vancouver, find Car Free Day on:

Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview on Commercial Drive) Noon–7:00 pm

On the Drive, you can expect to find roller disco, parading drummers, healing gardens, DJs spinning tunes, the musical talents of Rhythm and Cello which will hold court at 7th Avenue starting at Noon.

Main Street (Broadway to 30th on Main Street) Noon–7:00 pm

On Main Street, you will find lots of mini-festivals, community-supported stages with dozens of bands, multiple kids zones, artisan markets, roller derby and skateboarding. While there, be sure to check out the new parklet at 21st Avenue and Main Street.  We hear Brown Paper Packages will be located between 23rd and 24th with their delicious ice cream sandwiches. If you are a fan of honey and/or bees, Main Street Honey Shoppe will be the place to be Sunday afternoon. They will be holding honey extraction demonstrations from 1 – 5 pm with a live bee beard demonstration at 2:00 pm. Now that will be something to see.

Come out and celebrate Vancouver’s diverse neighbourhoods and our community spaces!

Car Free Day – Commercial Drive & Main Street – June 16th

13 Jun

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Come out and meet your neighbours and take back the streets this Sunday, June 16th and celebrate Car Free Day. The event resembles one big street party which is not by coincidence since this annual event evolved from an impromptu game of street hockey on Commercial Drive 9 years ago.   There will be two Car Free Days in East Vancouver. One along Main Street from Broadway to 30th Avenue and the other along Commercial Drive from Venables Street to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane. Both events run from Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Each area has its own unique charm. On Commercial Drive, you will find fish frying over the fire, drummers performing,  DJs spinning beats and live music. Last but not least, roller disco! If your roller blades are collecting dust in the back of the closet, it’s time to dust them off.   The music on the main stage gets going at Noon with Banjo Mando and finishes up at 5:15 with Eastside Jam featuring Verncular, Simply Twisted and The All Nighters which go till 7:00 p.m.

On Main Street, you will find a kids’ yoga tent and art activities, bike lessons and also live music. There will also be artisan markets, roller derby, dance zones and a fashion show at 4:00 p.m. on the stage at 30th co-ordinated by Kandis Ivy Designs featuring fashion and jewellery by vendors at Giving Gifts & Company, Upscale Swag and iFound.  Then there’s my favourite thing, food!  Ice cream sandwiches from Brown Paper Packages, caramels from In the Oven and baked desserts from Blackforest Desserts will all be available on the last block of the festival. So if you needed a reason to make it from one end of the festival to the other, now you have some incentive.

To see a full listing of events, visit Car Free Day Vancouver.   Car Free Day is 100% produced by volunteers. Come out and support your community!

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