Increased Traffic and Crowds Anticipated in Lower Lonsdale on Sept. 23

September 14, 2023   

Car Free Day and The Shipyards Festival returns to Lower Lonsdale from 12-10 p.m. on September 23, 2023.

Presented by the Shipyards District Business Improvement Area, the Shipyards Festival will have live music on two different stages, a beverage garden, and family friendly fun. Walk, Bike, Roll or take transit to The Shipyards as Car Free Day will be back with live music and vendors at Carrie Cates Court.

Expect Parking and Traffic Impacts

Throughout the day on September 23:

  • Carrie Cates Court will be closed to vehicle traffic. 
  • Expect parking in the area to be limited.
  • Expect traffic and transit delays. Please refer to service updates from TransLink at


Expect Crowds

The event is expected to draw a large amount of visitors to the Lower Lonsdale and Shipyards area:

  • Plan extra time for your activities.
  • Be patient with staff and other visitors – let’s keep The Shipyards a fun space!

 Map of road closure for Shipyards Festival 2024


How to Get to The Shipyards

Visitors are encouraged to walk, take transit or bike to The Shipyards. The area is pedestrian-friendly with connecting trails and safe spaces to walk with friends and family. Bike parking is located throughout the area and a free bike valet will be available on-site during the event. Access is easy by transit, with the SeaBus arriving right at The Shipyards and bus connections nearby. 

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