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Saturday’s Car Free Day Surrey event the first of 8 in Metro Van this summer

Annual street festival in downtown Newton from noon to 8 p.m. on June 8
Car Free Day stage will be set up in Newton on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Photo:

In Metro Vancouver, Car Free Days have expanded from a single event in 2005 to eight such festivals during the spring and summer of 2024.

First up Saturday (June 8) is Car Free Day Surrey in Newton, where 137 Street will be closed to traffic south of 74 Avenue. Admission is free from noon to 8 p.m.

The third annual street festival encourages people to leave vehicles at home for a day of live music, DJs and dance battles, food, vendors and family-friendly fun.

Main-stage performers this year are Latin fusion group Los Duendes (7 p.m. set), reggae band Gisto and the Grateful Living, Matt Cook-Contois & Eric Severinson, Matt Hermano, hip-hop artist Peak (6 p.m. set), Rebecca Sichon (5 p.m.), Vanessa Mood and Victoria Groff. Click here for the entertainment schedule.

Food vendors include The Taco Tigre, Tornado Potato, MomoJoy, Mahshiko, Kampong Taste of Malaysia, Hugs Mini Donuts, The Little Snowflake Factory and Gary’s Kettle Corn.

Acts in the Kid Zone are Yuki the Juggler, national Yo-Yo champ Terrance Wang and Magical Kingdom Sing & Dance-Along, along with face painting, balloon twisting, bounce house, mini golf and more.

The Dance Stage promises entertainment by Sullivan Heights Dance, Panorama Dance and breakdance battles with DJ A-Slam and Tabletutors.

TransLink’s Tripper Planner can help get you to the Surrey festival site, and a free BEST Bike Valet will be located near the stage at 74 Avenue. Consider Modo, ride-share and car-pool options, as parking will be limited.

The festival is presented by TransLink, Newton Business Improvement Association and several partners. On May 23 Surrey city council voted to sponsor this year’s event with $25,000.

In the region, other Car Free Day events are held in New Westminster (July 26), Port Moody (Aug. 18), Port Coquitlam (Sept. 7), Commercial Drive in Vancouver (Sept. 8), Maple Ridge (Sept. 14), Main Street in Vancouver (Sept. 15) and North Vancouver (Sept. 21). Details are posted on

Philip Aguirre, executive director of Newton BIA, says Car Free Day is a chance to take a step toward “a cleaner, greener future by leaving the car keys behind and embracing the joy of walking, biking and public transit” to the event.

“Investing in transit infrastructure isn’t just about moving people from point A and point B, it’s about building communities, reducing congestion and creating a sustainable future for Newton, Surrey, B.C.”

Tom Zillich

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