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2017 Main Street Car Free Day Announcement

Main Street’s annual Car Free Festival is fast approaching this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18, 2017!

One of Vancouver’s most anticipated, largest street festivals and this year’s Car Free Day is even bigger! Main Street from Broadway to E. 30th Ave. will be jam packed with local artisans, great food from delectable restaurants, FREE goodies, entertainment zones, excellent local shopping and more!

Important facts about Car Free Day 2017:

  • Main Street Car Free Day is the largest FREE outdoor festival in Vancouver
  • The number of people attending Car Free Day increases each year,  in 2016 over 150,000+ people visited Main Street.
  • Main Street will be closed between Broadway and 30th Avenue from 10 am to 9 pm on Car Free Day, Sunday June 18th. 

In the past, various businesses have offered great deals and/or extended their operations outside to activate their business at street level and create visibility among the many potential new clients and customers that will be in attendance. Regardless of whether your business is located on Main Street or elsewhere in Mount Pleasant, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the upcoming months and the MPBIA is here to help.

Common Business FAQ’s:

Q: How do I reserve a vendor space on the street outside of my business?

A: All Members of the Mount Pleasant BIA (MPBIA) are entitled to receive a complimentary 10×10 booth space at their request. Please note that sign up is mandatory in order to ensure that we can partition your storefront to prevent set-up by other vendors. The MPBIA is committed to effectively communicating with vendors and is planning on enrolling coordinative volunteers to enforce the potential reservations placed on storefronts.

Please email Charmaine, MPBIA’s Programs & Marketing Manager, at charmaine@mpbia.ca to reserve your storefront.

Q: I’m interested in applying for a patio extension. I want to promote additional sales for my business on CFD but I’ve heard it’s a complicated process. Where do I start? 

A: While a patio extension application may seem daunting, they are a great way to engage with the hundreds of thousands of people passing your storefront. On their website, the City of Vancouver outlines the basic requirements and step-by-step procedure required to obtain a small sidewalk patio permit or large sidewalk patio permit with liquor.

If you require any clarification, please email the City of Vancouver directly at street.activities@vancouver.ca or the MPBIA at specialevents@mpbia.ca.

Q: I’m interested in becoming a volunteer, where do I sign up? 

A: Car Free Day is 100% powered by volunteers who welcome hundreds of 1,000’s of people to Main St. during Car Free Day. Your help is valuable! Please proceed to the Car Free Day Volunteer’s page to sign up.

Q: Is it too late to sign up as an act on an entertainment stage?  

A: There are only a couple of stages worth of programming to schedule and that space fills up quickly. For other types of performers who don’t have space/stage considerations, the organizing committee will try to be as inclusive as possible. To participate proceed to the Car Free Day Entertainers Page.

The festival is financed by the fees that the vendors pay and any financial contributions made by local businesses. If you want to make a donation please contact the MPBIA or visit the Car Free Day Website.

If you have any questions or concerns, need help developing activation ideas for your business, or need help integrating into the street festival please email our Special Events Coordinator, Andi Jordan, at specialevents@mpbia.ca.

We look forward to working with you to make the 2017 Main Street Car Free Festival a highlight on the Vancouver summer calendar!

Please click the MPBIA Official Car Free Day Announcement 2017 to download this information in PDF form.