Summer events in Vancouver could lead to traffic, city warns

With many summer events returning to Vancouver after a pandemic-related hiatus, drivers are being warned that road closures and traffic delays are also returning.

In recent weeks, BMO Vancouver Marathon and the Vancouver Sun Run have resulted in road closures across the city. It’s something motorists should anticipate in the coming months, as the city has a long list of events booked through mid-September.

“We are excited to welcome so many cherished special events back to Vancouver,” said Lisa Parker, director of public space and street use, in a press release.

“They are an important part of fostering vibrant, thriving communities in the city, especially this year as we continue to recover from the pandemic.”

Some of the upcoming events include:

June 12 – RBC Run for the Kids

June 23 to June 27 – Jazz Fest at the Vancouver Art Gallery

June 25 – Vancouver Half Marathon

June 26 – Greek Day on Broadway

June 30 to July 1 – Canada Day Celebrations

July 2 to July 3 – Jazz Fest at Roundhouse and Drake Street

July 16 to July 17 – Chinatown Festival

July 23, 27 & 30 – Honda Celebration of Light

July 29 to July 31 – Powell Street Festival

July 31 – Pride Parade

August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Granville Boardwalk

Aug 12 to Aug 14 – Festival of India

Aug 12 to Aug 14 – Mural Fest Mount Pleasant

August 20 – Car Free Day on Denman Street

August 27 – Car Free Day on Main Street

August 31 to September 7 – Taiwan Fest

Sept. 10 – RBC Large Fund

September 10 – Car-free day on a commercial ride

Drivers are also warned that upcoming and ongoing construction work could affect their journeys.

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