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Busy season of special events and road work returns to Vancouver

April 29 2022 –

With warmer weather on the way, we are preparing for the return of many of Vancouver’s signature special events and for summer construction. Through a coordinated approach, our streets will play host to special events, filming, and essential road work upgrades over the coming months.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming back so many cherished special events to Vancouver. They are an important part of fostering vibrant, thriving communities across the city, especially this year as we continue to recover from the pandemic,” says Lisa Parker, Director of Public Space and Street Use. “During this busy season, our staff work hard to balance special events and filming, while accommodating the necessary upgrades to our roads, sewers and water mains.”

Upcoming special events in Vancouver

*As of time of issuance.


  • BMO Vancouver Marathon - May 1


  • RBC Run for the Kids - June 12
  • JazzFest @ Vancouver Art Gallery - June 23 to June 27
  • Vancouver Half Marathon - June 25
  • Greek Day on Broadway - June 26
  • Canada Day Celebrations and Parade - June 30 to July 1


  • Jazz Fest @ Roundhouse and 100-block Drake Street - July 2 to July 3
  • Khatsahlano Street Party - July 9 
  • Chinatown Festival - July 16 to July 17
  • Honda Celebration of Lights - July 23, 27, 30
  • Powell St Festival - July 29 to July 31
  • Pride Parade - July 31


  • Granville Promenade – August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Festival of India – August 12 to August 14 
  • Mural Fest Mt Pleasant – August 12 to August 14
  • Car Free Day, Denman St – August 20 
  • Car Free Day, Main St – August 27
  • Taiwan Fest - August 31 to September 7


  • RBC Gran Fondo – September 10 
  • Car Free Day, Commercial Dr – September 10

City road work and major projects

Here are upcoming and ongoing major projects for drivers to be aware of this summer:

  • West King Edward Upgrades: Water, sewer, and street infrastructure upgrades from Arbutus St to Dunbar St
  • Knight Street Renewal: Paving upgrades from E 41st Ave to E 60th Ave
  • West 49th Avenue Upgrades: Sewer separation and transportation improvements from Cambie St to Oak St
  • Joyce Street Upgrades: Water main upgrades from Kingsway to Euclid Ave
  • Marine Drive Upgrades: Water, sewer, and street infrastructure upgrades along Marine Dr between Oak St and Victoria Dr (currently underway)
  • Renfrew Street Upgrades: Sewer separation with street and transportation improvements from McGill St to E 1st Ave (currently underway)

Other significant construction

  • Broadway Subway Project: Phased construction along Broadway continues at the future station sites, including Great Northern Way-Emily Carr, Mount Pleasant, Broadway-City Hall, Oak-VGH, South Granville, and Arbutus. The project is on schedule for the new line to open in 2025.
  • Pender Street Sewer Project: Developer-led sewer upgrades from Jervis St to Bute St

For information about traffic impacts

  • Follow #VanTraffic on Twitter
  • Listen to your local radio station
  • Check the VanConnect app
  • Visit our website to plan your route before you go