North Vancouver’s first-ever Car Free Day Festival is shutting down Lonsdale Avenue from Victoria Park to The Shipyards this Saturday, August 22nd to make way for a massive artisan market, multiple concert stages, extended patios, food trucks, beer gardens, a bouncy castle and, of course, Slide the City – a (controversial) 1,000 foot long slip n’ slide.

Car Free Day festivities will run from 11am to 7pm, with approximately 6,000 people “sliding the city” from 9am to 8pm. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have a Slide the City wristband you won’t be sliding as there will be no day-of ticket sales. You will, however, avoid the embarrassment of sliding down Lonsdale on your belly (and in a bathing suit) in front of all of your neighbours.

Here’s the deets:


Shop away! Artisans, local vendors and demonstration booths will line Lonsdale Avenue from West 4th to Esplanade.


Multiple concert stages with live music programmed from 10am to 8pm will be set-up along Lonsdale. They are: the Buddha-Full Juice Stage at West 1st, Atomique Stage at East 1st, and Car Free Day Stage at East 2nd.

Summer Sessions, the City’s free concert series kicks-off at noon at Shipbuilders’ Square. Food trucks, artisan vendors, and a beer garden will be set-up beside the stage. Enjoy tunes from Average Gypsy, On Planets, Sophia Denai, David Morin, Rococode and David James & Big River (a Johnny Cash tribute band) until 10pm.


FLOWfest will be offering free yoga and dance classes in The Pipe Shop from noon to 9pm.


We’re guessing the line-up at Tap & Barrel is going to be INSANE during the festival! Not to worry, beer gardens will be set-up at the Buddha-Full stage on West 1st and at Shipbuilders’ Square.


The Kids Zone on East 1st will feature a large bouncy castle and live performers. There will also be a floorball tournament at the Zen Maker Lab on East 1st. The North Vancouver Community Arts Council will host arts and crafts at CityScape (335 Lonsdale Ave.).


For more information on Slide the City and the North Vancouver Car Free Day Festival, click here.