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Events

If you're planning a trip to Richmond or the MetroVancouver area and looking for information on events in Richmond, BC, bookmark this calendar for the most complete view of performances, activities and special celebrations during your stay,from opera in the historic Minoru Chapel to our Asian summer markets to the many sporting events that Richmond hosts each year.

Holidays

The residents, businesses and attractions of Richmond mark the changing seasons with cultural performances, food booths and family activities. Cookouts and outdoor concerts make the most of Richmond's mild spring and summer months. As the year comes to a close, fireworks, "haunted" National Historic Sites and Steveston Christmas traditions make Richmond a special place to spend the fall and winter holidays in BC.

Special Celebrations

Large local celebrations - including our annual Canada Day Salmon Festival, Maritime Festival, Ships to Shore event - draw huge crowds to Richmond every year. Just as important, Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations ring through the city each year as spring approaches. Thousands of flowers perfume the air, restaurants offer sumptuous 10- and 12-course new year's feasts, and lion and dragon dancers take to the streets, undulating to the beats of drums and cymbals to chase away evil spirits and make way for prosperity in the new year.

Agricultural Events

Because Richmond is a mix of rural and urban areas, agriculture also plays an important role in the city's annual events. U-pick farms open to visitors with each new crop: berries in spring and summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall. Some offer kid-friendly petting zoos and play areas, and in both summer and winter, the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market offers up their best fruits and produce alongside jams, honeys, jewelry, crafts, soaps and other handmade items.

Check our list of annual events to learn more about celebrations throughout the seasons, but whenever you visit, check the calendar below for the full range of upcoming Richmond, BC, events.

 

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Special Events

2014 Summer Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market

  • July 06, 2014 to August 17, 2014 (Recurring every 2 weeks Sunday)
  • Address: Third Ave & Moncton St., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Come and enjoy an afternoon at the Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market and enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers. Market runs from 10:00am - ... more


Bin-end Mondays at Tapenade!

Tapenade is now open on Monday evenings for the summer season. To kick off our Monday openings and get some of you into thinking wine on a Monday night, we are doing " Bin End Mondays" fo... more


BronyCAN, a My Little Pony Fan Convention

BronyCAN is the first and largest My Little Pony fan convention in Canada, and it is returning for another year! Join us on August 22nd-24th in Richmond for 3 days of fun, and celebrate both the show ... more


Buccaneers and Treasures Day Camp at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Avast Buccaneers! The pirate-themed camp combines free play, organized activities, creativity, outdoor adventures and history into a treasure chest of fun! Parents are invited to graduation. Calling a... more


Earth, Wind & Fire at the River Rock

Having sold over 90 million albums worldwide, Earth, Wind & Fire have been laying down their signature grooves for more than four decades.  Amassing six Grammy Awards over the span of their... more


Garlic Festival

  • August 24, 2014
  • Address: 2631 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V7C 1A1
  • Admission: Free
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The Sharing Farm's annual Garlic Festival is the only garlic festival in Metro Vancouver and the place to be for garlic lovers.  This is a great family event so mark your calendar and plan to s... more


Giant Bugs Take Over Aberdeen

Britannia Beach is 110 in 2014 and to celebrate we're digging deep into the collections and pulling artifacts, artwork and photographs that we think represent the Best of Britannia. Opening June 28 in... more


International Mustang Meet #35 and Car Show

The Greater Vancouver Mustang Association will be hosting the 35th Annual International Mustang Meet, on Labour Day weekend. The event will also be part of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Celebrations. T... more


Learn to Fish at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Join members of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and learn fish identification, ethics, tackle, casting and hands on fishing. Equipment and life jackets provided. An adult must accompany childre... more


Lucie Chan and Marigold Santos: Attachments

Integral to the work of Lucie Chan (Vancouver) and Marigold Santos (Montreal), is their fascination with drawing as a potent vehicle for storytelling. Constructing surreal worlds derived from biogra... more


Music at the Shipyard

Bring a blanket and enjoy the music of the Ranj Singh Convolution.  By donation.  Show starts at 7:00pm, all ages welcome. more


Paddlewheeler River Cruise

Take a journey down-river from New Westminster on the elegant, spacious paddlewheeler "Native" towards Steveston harbour at the mouth of the Fraser River. Cruise past the float-hom... more


Ponies in the Park

Giddy up on over to the Nature Park for a pony ride through the woods! Suitable for children 4-12 years. Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis on event day only. Cash only. ... more


Richmond Maritime Festival

Enchanting mermaids, marauding pirates, a storytelling wharf rat and creatures from the deep will bring the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site alive with free entertainment, exploration and ... more


Richmond Raptor Festival

  • August 17, 2014
  • Address: 2631 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free!
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Get up close to some of the fabulous birds of prey that make Richmond their home through interactive exhibits and activities. Experience breathtaking falconry displays at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.&n... more


Steveston Museum's Picnic in the Past: Japan Style

  • August 17, 2014
  • Address: 3811 Moncton St., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: FREE

Celebrate Steveston's long history of Japanese heritage with us through the pounding of taiko drums and the haunting quality of the Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute. Japanese inspired children's cra... more


Steveston Rotary Duck Race

The 2nd Annual Rotary Duck Race returns to Steveston Harbour on August 9th!! Race time: 2:00pm sharp Location: Waterfront just east of Steveston Seabreeze We will have our duck rac... more


Summer Fireworks at The Butchart Gardens

All ten summer Saturday nights feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling Firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes. After the show enjoy a recital from the rare Aeo... more


On-Going Events

Annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival

  • August 09, 2014 to August 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Address: 100 Keefer St & 500 Columbia St, Vancouver, BC V6A1X4
  • Admission: Free
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This August, the Vancouver Chinatown BIA society will once again host the incredible TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival in the neighborhood (9th &10th August, 2014, at Columbia & Keefer Street). ... more


Ask a Shipwright at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

From 1:00pm - 2:30 pm every Saturday, stop by and ask a professional shipwright about your questions regarding boat restoration and maintenance. more


Celebrating 110 Years - Best of Britannia: Life in a Company Town

Britannia Beach is 110 in 2014 and to celebrate we're digging deep into the collections and pulling artifacts, artwork and photographs that we think represent the Best of Britannia. Opening June 28 in... more


Concert in the Plaza

  • August 06, 2014
  • Address: 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: FREE
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Musical entertainment on the outside plaza more


Dance in the Plaza

  • August 12, 2014
  • Address: 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: FREE
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Feel the music and dance under the sun in this outdoor dance session more


Detention (Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival)

  • August 15, 2014 to August 17, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Gateway Theatre
  • Address: 6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond, BC V7C 3V4
  • Admission: Adult $50, Festival Pass $125, student and group rates available.
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Detention is a non-verbal physical comedy for all ages – no translation needed! This fresh example of classic Hong Kong humor translates to all audiences without words. The piece is an acrobatic... more


East Richmond Outdoor Movie Night

  • August 19, 2014
  • Address: #5 Road and Cambie Road, Richmond, BC V6V0A9
  • Admission: Free
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Grab a blanket and prepare to have some great summer fun! The East Richmond Community Association is proud to present its free annual Outdoor Movie Night featuring The Lego Movie. Games, activities, c... more


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