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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

"Scuba Claus" at Vancouver Aquarium

  • November 27, 2014 to January 04, 2015
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
  • Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: General Admission Prices apply
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Celebrate the holiday season with everyone's favourite holiday guest "Scuba Claus" for his annual visit at the expanded Vancouver Aquarium. Enjoy the return of nostalgic memories as you re... more


Cannery Farmers Market

Come and enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market and enchanting entertainers inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.  We adhere to the "Make it... more


Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park's popular holiday event, Canyon Lights, has a tall order this year - laying claim once again to be the home of the world's tallest living Christmas tree?! Standing 46... more


Christmas Craft Fair - Steveston Community Centre

  • November 29, 2014
  • Address: 4111 Moncton St., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: By Donation
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Start you holiday gift shopping at Richmond's largest Christmas Craft Fair.  165+ Crafty tables of unique one-of-a-kind handmade items!!  Admission by donation in support of the Steveston Pa... more


Exhibition Interweavings - Richmond Art Gallery

  • November 15, 2014 to January 11, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Richmond Art Gallery
  • Address: 180 - 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9
  • Admission: Free
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The Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with YVR Art Foundation is pleased to present Interweavings, an exhibition featuring the artwork of seven emerging BC First Nations artists and their mentors. T... more


Girls' Night Out SHOP - CONNECT - CELEBRATE

The Steveston Merchants Association proudly presents the 4th Annual Girls' Night Out pre-holiday shopping and dining event, followed by an after party.  Tapenade Bistro will get the party ... more


High Tea at The Butchart Gardens

  • November 01, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Butchart Gardens
  • Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8
  • Admission: $44.60 per person
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Come experience the stunning reds, russets and golds of the Butchart Gardens as the gardens glow in autumn finery, followed by a splendid Dining Room High Tea.  For $44.60, you will receive ... more


Interwoven World - Identity and Fashion

  • November 06, 2014 to July 05, 2015
  • 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


Peak of Christmas At Grouse Mountain

  • November 28, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Grouse Mountain Resort
  • Address: 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R4K9
  • Admission: Regular Alpine Experience Ticket Rates Apply
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See how magical elves have transformed Grouse Mountain into the North Pole where you can have breakfast with  Santa, visit his workshop, meet real reindeer or vote for your favourite creation i... more


Richmond Art Gallery Presents: Interweavings

Interweavings features the work of emerging BC First Nations artists and their mentors.  The emerging artists were selected from past recipients of the YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarship. The... more


TRAPPED TUESDAY - Save 30% Off All Rooms !

  • September 09, 2014 to October 07, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Trapped Vancouver
  • Address: Unit #160 8351 Alexandra Road, Richmond, BC V6X 1C3
  • Admission: $14.70 (Regular Price $21.00)
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TRAPPED TUESDAY = 30% OFF ALL ROOMS ! Trapped Vancouver is an interactive gaming facility that allows groups of all ages to work together to find clues, solve mystery, complete missions and ha... more


U.S Thanksgiving Day/Evening Dining

  • November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Semiahmoo Resort
  • Address: 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA 98229
  • Admission: $36 Adults; $16 Children 6 - 12 yrs; Children 5 and under eat FREE

Retreat this year to Semiahmoo Resort to celebrate Thanksgiving lunch or dinner at Packers Oyster Bar or Pierside Kitchen from 11 AM - 6 PM. Savor this specialty three-course a la carte holiday menu. ... more


Vancouver Christmas Market

  • November 22, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Address: 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: Various - Starting at $3
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The Vancouver Christmas Market is back for its fourth year from November 22 to December 24, 2014 on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza! Enjoy our expanded offerings of delicious food items and find you... more


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AboveUSA

  • November 10, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Address: 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Admission: Regular Admission prices include the double feature – AboveUSA and FlyOver Canada
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SEE BOTH ABOVEUSA AND FLYOVER CANADA BACK-TO-BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. FlyOver Canada is proud to present “AboveUSA”, a flight ride experience from the same team that brought you the p... more


Herring Sale: Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer

  • November 29, 2014
  • Address: 12740 Trites Road, Richmond, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer is holding its 4th annual charity herring sale on Saturday, November 29th from 8am to 4pm (or until sold out!) at 12740 Trites Road (south end) in Steveston. The sal... more


Sockeye City Grill Fall Promotions

Come and enjoy Happy Hour from 3:00pm - 5:00pm and then stay for a 3 Course Gourmet Dinner Special this Fall each week from Tuesday - Friday.  Also, Monday - Friday enjoy a Fish & Chi... 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