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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.


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

2016 Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market

  • July 17, 2016 to July 31, 2016
  • Address: 4111 Moncton St., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Come and enjoy an afternoon at the Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market.  This popular annual summer market is a venue where local farmers, artists and craftsperson's make the... more

Discover Rays at the Vancouver Aquarium

  • March 10, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
  • Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Included with admission
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Connect with the oceans like never before at Discover Rays at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. Featuring an interactive touch pool, Discover Rays gives visitors the rare opportunity to ex... more

Eat Rich Food Truck Festival

  • July 30, 2016
  • Address: 11051 No 3 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 1X3
  • Admission: $2.50 (Free for kids under 10) Free admission with a non-perishable food item for the Richmond Food Bank (One item per person).
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Come out to the Eat Rich Food Truck Festival and enjoy some delicious food, live entertainment and children's activities for you and your family!  Free admission with a non-perishable foo... more

London Calling by Aberdeen Centre

This summer get ready for some olde tyme London fun, and witness our record-breaking Guinness World Records Attempt at building the largest sculpture of the iconic Big Ben clock tower ever made - en... more

Panda Market

  • April 29, 2016 to September 11, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Address: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1J7
  • Admission: Free Admission
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The original Summer Night Market in Richmond is back for the vibrant 9th Annual International Summer Night Market - "Panda Market", operating Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays until Se... more

Richmond Night Market

  • May 13, 2016 to October 09, 2016 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Richmond Night Market
  • Address: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC V6X 4A5
  • Admission: General Admission $3.25; Children (under 10 yrs) & Seniors (60+) Free.
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Richmond Night Market has become an annual tradition and one of the flagship summertime events of the region.  BIG NEWS FOR 2016 - The biggest night market in North America will be delive... more

River Queen: Nature and Historical Tours & Sunday Ferry Service

  • June 08, 2016 to September 04, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Whale Watch
  • Address: 210-12240 Second Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
  • Admission: River Queen prices only - Adults: $12.00, Students $ Seniors: $10.00, Children (12 and under): $8.00, Family of 4: $35.00, Family of 6: $50.00
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Climb aboard the historic "River Queen" for a leisurely and fascinating 45 minute, fully narrated nature and historical tour of Steveston's waterfront and the Cannery Channe... more

Summer Fireworks at The Butchart Gardens

  • July 02, 2016 to September 03, 2016 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: Butchart Gardens
  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
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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 linger a while to enjoy the Night... more

Whale Watching with Steveston Seabreeze Adventures

Departing at 9:00AM & 2:00PM daily June 18th - Aug 31st, step into the ocean world of orcas, or depending on the time of year, perhaps humpback, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, s... more

Whale Watching with Vancouver Whale Watch

  • June 16, 2016 to September 04, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Whale Watch
  • Address: 210-12240 2nd Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
  • Admission: Adults $130.00; Students & Seniors $110; Children (4-12) $75.00 Infants (0-3) Free. GST & a $2.00 Conservation Fee added to all prices.
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Departing at 9:00am & 2:00pm daily from June 16th -Sept 4th, your 3 - 5 hour tour travels through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands.  Discover Orcas, bow riding Dall's porpois... more

On-Going Events

Feature exhibit: Women on the Homefront

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site’s feature exhibit, "Women on the Homefront", explores the fascinating contributions made by women toward the WWII war effort, with a ... more

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age

  • June 03, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Royal BC Museum
  • Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
  • Admission: Included in admission to the Royal BC Museum
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Millions of years ago, giants roamed the earth. Standing more than 14 feet tall, mammoths and mastodons towered over the lands of Europe, Asia and North America from as long ago as 1.8 million years... more

The Sunset Series at the Olympic Riverside Plaza

Enjoy your weekend down to the very last second. The City of Richmond is hosting a free summer Sunset Series steps from the Richmond Olympic Oval. This outdoor summer event series features live music,... more