Car Free Day on The Drive celebrates one of Vancouver’s most unique communities


Known for embracing green spaces, working together, and celebrations, Vancouver’s Commercial Drive–known to many as just “The Drive”–is one of the city’s most unique communities. So it’s no wonder they put on a terrific Car Free Day festival for the whole family to enjoy.

This year, Car Free Day on The Drive takes place on Sunday, July 8 from noon to 7 pm, and will take over Commercial Drive from Venables to North Grandview.

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Photo by Wayne Worden via Car Free Day Vancouver/Facebook

The 15 blocks of the fest will be filled with local artisans, musicians, activities, entertainment, and plenty of food. Plus there are amenities like a bike valet and a healing garden. This is where Car Free Day in Vancouver began, so this neighbourhood knows how to do it right.

Check out the local shops, and get to know this eclectic community with a profound sense of heritage.

There are two additional Car Free Day festivals in Vancouver; the West End’s is June 16, and Main Street’s is June 17. Kitsilano will have community block parties on June 16-17 and June 30-July 2 this year.

Car Free Day on The Drive 2018

When: Sunday, July 8 from noon to 7 pm
Where: Commercial Drive between Venables and North Grandview

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: