In 2005, the Commercial Drive Festival launched the first community-driven Car-Free Festival in Vancouver.

The Festival was wholly volunteer-organized and presented, involving over 30 core organizers and 300 volunteers. It was an enormous success, bringing over 25,000 people out to celebrate the community and party in the street.

The first annual Car-Free Vancouver Day in 2008 ushered in the next phase in this bold experiment that had been gradually happening in Vancouver for many years.

It took the car-free meme to the whole city, and represented the next level in our evolution toward healthy communities, authentic cultural celebrations, and car-free streets.

Kitsilano has been doing something different on Car Free Vancouver Weekend for nine years. Instead of the large street festivals found in other neighbourhoods, Kitsilano encourages individual blocks to hold their own block parties.

This year the Car Free Vancouver Society is celebrating car free days in Kitsilano by supporting block parties on June 15th & 16th.

Host a block party on your street with your neighbours on one of these days and the Society will provide step-by-step toolkit, get city approval and insurance for you plus deliver barricades and a gift package from West Broadway BIA.

Find out more at and on Facebook at Car Free Vancouver Day: Kitsilano.

Last modified: June 13, 2019

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