Douglas Street will come alive this Sunday for Downtown Victoria’s largest street fair, Car Free YYJ. After an amazing inaugural event, organizers have increased capacity by nearly 50 per cent, with the addition of three blocks.

Nine blocks of Douglas Street from Chatham Street/Caledonia Avenue to Courtney Street will be lined with more than 275 vendors (artisans, businesses, food vendors, and not-for-profits), a 5,000 square foot grassy park, four stages with live entertainment including a stage hosted by the First Peoples’ Festival, three licensed areas, historic fire trucks, and more.

The park on Douglas will be created with 5,000 square feet of sod, offering a place for people to sit and enjoy the festival with seating and landscaping.

The entertainment lineup for Car Free Day Victoria spread over four stages celebrates local talent, while offering Victorians an accessible manner to see 25 acts including: Acres of Lions, Ahousaht Dancers, Animal Kingdom by Surrounded by Cedar, Carmanah, Coastline, Coffee Eyes, Dave Lang & the Insolent Rabble, Dirty Mountain, Dope Soda, Eryn Sharpe Trio, Fallbrigade, Isobel Trigger, Joy District, Kwa’kwa’ ka wa kw Dancers, Le La La Dancers, Lovecoast, Metis Jiggers, Mike Edel, Quoia, San Felix, The New Groovement, Tilted Frame, Unity Drummers & Singers, and Zoo Riots.

Car Free Day will offer a free bike valet for those who choose to ride their bikes. For those who drive, free parking will also be available at all five city parkades as well as at street meters. Yates Street, Johnson Street, and Fort Street will remain open for traffic flow through downtown. Douglas Street will be closed from 8am-8pm. Volunteer opportunities are still available.

All BC Transit buses that travel on Douglas street will be on detour. Please click here  for complete details.

  • Where: Douglas Street in downtown Victoria between Chatham Street/Caledonia Avenue to Courtney Street
  • When: June 19 from 11am-6pm.


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