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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

2015 Summer Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market

  • June 07, 2015 to August 30, 2015 (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 Summer Farmers & Artisan Market and enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers.  T... more

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

Spend your summer nights dining and dancing as you drink in the sights of Vancouver’s own urban oasis at this year’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Ch... more

Ice Age Giants Return to Aberdeen Centre

  • July 01, 2015 to August 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Aberdeen Centre
  • Address: 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7
  • Admission: Free
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Get ready to travel back in time to witness life on Earth when mammals began to emerge as a dominant species. As you wander through the Central Atrium, you'll get up close to amazing 3-D displays wh... more

Interwoven World - Identity and Fashion

  • November 06, 2014 to October 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Address: 180 - 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: No charge
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What we wear reveals a lot about us.  Our fashion choices have evolved over many centuries, often inspired by ideas about our cultural and individual identities.  Join us as we learn more ab... more

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport Grand Opening

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport is thrilled to announce that the centre - Greater Vancouver's first designer outlet - will open on Thursday, July 9th 2015 in the lead up to what is se... more

Music at the Cannery

An annual summertime evening concert series occurring every Friday night at 6:30pm in July and August. Every week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical taste... more

One War, Two Victories

"One War, Two Victories" is a travelling museum exhibition, which was produced by the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society in partnership with the Canadian War Museum. The photograph i... more

Richmond Olympic Oval's Fresh Air Adventure Series - Zipline @ Grouse Mountain

Let your spirit fly as you soar high above the valley floor at speeds reaching 80 km/hr. The zipline experience will give you a unique perspective of Grouse Mountain, combining heart-pounding ... more

Richmond Rocks!

  • July 19, 2015
  • Address: 7191 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC V6Y 4G2
  • Admission: $20.00
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Grab your runners and yoga mat and join hundreds of people as they get ready to work out at Richmond Rocks!, an outdoor workout at Minoru Park on Sunday July 19th. Benefiting Touchstone Family Assoc... more

Summer Fireworks at The Butchart Gardens

  • July 04, 2015 to September 05, 2015 (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

Tea Zen by: Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill

Tea Zen is a unique multi-disciplinary media art exhibition at the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown and Dunbar Village. This exhibit features a rare opportunity to see the works of Chinese mas... more

The Butchart Garden's Summer Festival - The Jim Byrnes Band

  • July 08, 2015
  • Venue: Butchart Gardens
  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
  • Admission: Included in general admission ticket
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The Butchart Gardens' summer festival presents The Jim Byrnes Band, playing the blues the way they were meant to be! This open air concert takes place on the Concert Lawn stage. Come sit on a bench,... more

Thompson Community Picnic

  • July 10, 2015
  • Address: 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC V7C 1E6
  • Admission: Free
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Come join us at Thompson Community Centre Park at this annual event. Free food (while quantities last), live entertainment, interactive community booths, bouncy castle fun and children friendly game... more

On-Going Events

ArtRich 2015

The Richmond Art Gallery will host a juried exhibition this summer organized by the Richmond Arts Coalition (RAC). The exhibition, ArtRich 2015, will feature artworks by local and regional artists fro... more

Food Truck Festival

  • May 22, 2015 to September 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Royal BC Museum
  • Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
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It's hungry work discovering our province's past! But don't worry, the Royal BC Museum has you covered, as it rolls out its first ever Food Truck Festival! This summer-long event is sure to be a hit... more

Gold Rush! Eldorado in BC

  • May 13, 2015 to October 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Royal BC Museum
  • Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
  • Admission: Regualr Museum Admission Rates Apply
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Catch gold fever! In 1858 word of gold rang out in the Fraser Canyon, setting off a dramatic migration of people and propelling this once remote region of western North American into the moder... more

International Summer Night Market

  • May 08, 2015 to September 27, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Address: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1J7
  • Admission: Free Admission
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The vibrant 8th Annual International Summer Night Market is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Stat Mondays from May 8th until September 27th.  Night Market times on Friday and Saturd... more

Richmond Night Market 2015

  • May 15, 2015 to October 11, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Richmond Night Market
  • Address: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC V6X 4A5
  • Admission: $2.75 Regular Admission; Children 10yrs and under and Senior 60yrs plus FREE
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The Richmond Night Market has never stopped emphasizing family fun for all ages with monthly grand prizes and amazing food from all over the world. This year, they return with the theme of Lolli-Duc... more

River Queen Ferry

  • June 07, 2015 to September 06, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Vancouver Whale Watch
  • Address: 210-12240 Second Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
  • Admission: Various prices depending on a one-way trip or return trip is purchased.
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Climb aboard the historic "River Queen" for a fully narrated nature and history tour of Steveston's waterfront. Stops include Britannia Shipyards and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where you... more

River Queen: Nature and Historical Tours

  • June 01, 2015 to September 15, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Whale Watch
  • Address: 210-12240 Second Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
  • Admission: 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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Welcome aboard the famous "River Queen" for a leisurely and fascinating 45 minute, fully narrated nature and historical tour of Steveston and Cannery Channel. See the historic commer... more

Sea Monsters Revealed: The Exhibition at the Vancouver Aquarium

Visitors to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre starting March 5 through to Labour Day will experience the Canadian premiere of the groundbreaking Sea Monsters Revealed: The Exhibition. Throu... more

Trading Routes: Rivers, Fish and Oil Exhibit

Our multi-media exhibit “Trading Routes: Rivers, Fish and Oil,” focuses on the ecology and cultural changes caused by industry and development along Northern BC’s river ways and eula... more

Whale Watching with Vancouver Whale Watch

  • July 02, 2015 to September 01, 2015
  • Venue: Vancouver Whale Watch
  • Address: 210-12240 2nd Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8
  • Admission: Adults $138.50, Students & Seniors $107, Children (4-12) $80.75, Infants (0-3) Free (all prices include GST and a $2.00 conservation fee)
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Departing at 9:00am and 2:00pm daily from July 2nd - September 1st, your 3 - 5 hour tour travels through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands.  Discover Orcas, bow rid... more