Open Streets: Car-Free Earth Day

Open Streets: Car-Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event hosted by NYC DOT. Programming is presented at signature locations citywide, to promote activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability, and other relevant topics.

This year’s celebration will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

NYC Open Streets Car-Free Earth Day logo.

Open Streets Car-Free Earth Day events take place throughout the five boroughs – connecting Open Streets, plazas, and accessing over 1,000 miles of NYC's Bike Network! Environmental programming is offered by City agencies and community organizations along the routes to promote activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability and other relevant topics. NYC DOT is proud to partner with local artists to bring exciting performances to the event.

People gather on a street closed to traffic for a workout class on a warm spring day in NYC.

Visit NYC DOT’s Flickr for images of past Car-Free Earth Day events,

Get Involved

Do you love New York City? Are you passionate about the environment, health and fitness, or arts and culture? If you answer yes to any of these questions, consider partnering with us on future events and help make the streets come alive with exciting programming and activities!

Brand Sponsors

Corporate entities may submit ideas for event sponsorship of Car-Free Earth Day at varying levels. All event sponsorship inquiries may be emailed to


Volunteers are needed at select events and locations to assist with crowd control, handing out free giveaways, and much more.
**Please Note** Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to work outside in variable weather conditions. For more information on volunteering, email