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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

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


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


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 child... 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


Murder on the Black Death

  • July 26, 2014
  • Address: 4011 Moncton Street, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7
  • Admission: $5/person $15/group of 4
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Richmond Rotaract is hosting a murder mystery scavenger hunt for all ages. Are you ready for this challenge? Locate murder suspects, face challenges, solve the mystery, and claim your treasure. S... more


O.W.L. Summer Open House

Open House is the ONLY time of the year that 70% of the facility is open for the public to go behind-the-scenes to our medical facility and various rehabilitation cages. In addition to the gift area a... 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


Screen Bites: Red Obsession

  • July 26, 2014
  • Address: Suite 2200-4540 No. 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2C2
  • Admission: $35
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As part of the Your Kontinent Film & Media Arts Festival, Screen Bites is taking the food + film experience to the next level.  Attend Red Obsession for a classic Dim Sum experience.  Re... 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


Your Kontinent: Richmond Film & Media Arts Festival

July is a great time to soak-up some arts and culture at Your Kontinent - a week-long community-wide celebration of independent film, new media artists, multimedia performance works, experimental musi... more


On-Going Events

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

Come celebrate our biggest expansion ever at the next After Hours, our adult-only evening, and enjoy a beer or glass of wine while exploring 55,000 square feet of spectacular new space. Tickets are av... 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


Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

  • July 17, 2014 to August 07, 2014 (Every Thursday)
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • Address: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Admission: Festival Seating: $25.00 General | $20 Garden Members Limited VIP Reserved Front Row Seating : $35.00 Limited Exclusive Private Mountain-top Patio: $50.00
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The 21st Enchanted Evening concert series running July 11th to August 7th, offers guests a chance to enjoy al fresco dinners, wine, cocktails and other tasty delights before experiencing an exciting l... more


FNB (Friday Night Beers)

Every Friday night we tap a new keg of craft beer, so come on down and try something new! more


International Summer Night Market in Richmond

  • May 09, 2014 to September 14, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Address: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1J7
  • Admission: $2/adult
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The vibrant International Summer Night Market is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Stat Mondays from now until September 14th.  Night Market times on Friday and Saturday - 7pm - 12pm, Sunday a... more


Music at the Cannery

Enjoy a summer outdoor music series every Friday night in July & August starting at 6:30pm.  Rain or Shine.  Admission by Donation; cash bar available. Music at the Cannery is pre... more


Nature on the Waterfront at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Every Sunday from May 4th to September 28th a naturalist highlights firsthand the plants and animals that live in the Fraser River Estuary. more


O'Hares Liquor Store Tastings

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the liquor store enjoy free beer and wine tastings from 4-6pm. more


Raptor's Ridge at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

  • June 23, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park
  • Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
  • Admission: Adult: $35.95+tax, Child: $12.00+tax, Free BC Annual Pass with the purchase of one day's admission
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Come play with the birds from Raptors Ridge this summer. Every day from June 21st to September 1st 10am to 6pm, you can see birds of prey including Red-Tailed Hawks, Lanner Falcons and Great Horned Ow... more


Richmond Night Market 2014

  • May 16, 2014 to October 12, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Richmond Night Market
  • Address: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC V6X 4A5
  • Admission: $2 Regular Admission; Children 10yrs and under and Senior 60yrs plus FREE
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2014 promises to be another amazing year for the Richmond Night Market. Returning with a new theme and more games, it has never stopped emphasizing family fun for all ages with monthly grand prizes ... more


Solidarity on Ships and Shore: Organizing the West Coast Fishing Industry

Set in a historic cannery, our new feature exhibit "Solidarity on Ships and Shore" examines the fascinating history of the men and women who fought to improve conditions in the West Coast fi... more


Steveston Museum Summer Walking Tours

  • July 04, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Address: 3811 Moncton Street, Richmond, BC V7E 3A7
  • Admission: $5.00 per person per tour
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Take a stroll with us through history and experience Steveston's stories every Friday and Saturday from July 4th to September 27th.  Three tours each day starting at 11:00 am - &... more


Summer Fun Nights 2014 at Cambie Community Centre

  • July 29, 2014
  • Address: #5 Road and Cambie Road, Richmond, BC V6V0A9
  • Admission: Free
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Come to King George Park west at #5 and Cambie Roads to play, listen to music and have fun family time. Free games and activities. Fair weather only. more


Vancouver Aquarium Summer AquaCamps

Introducing the aquatic summer experience of a lifetime: Vancouver Aquarium AquaCamps (3-5 day camps), for students entering grades K-8 this fall, are an amazing way for budding marine biologists to l... more


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