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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

5th Annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl

  • October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
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Scarecrow festivals are popular throughout North America, and the Steveston Merchants Association is excited to host the 5th annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl in the village. You will find one-of-kin... more


HALLOWEEN AT FLYOVER CANADA

  • October 10, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: FlyOver Canada
  • Address: 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
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THE HAUNTED WITCH ACADEMY AT FLYOVER CANADA October 10 to November 2 This Halloween, Broomelda is back and ready to all lead all aspiring witches and wizards through her Haunted Witch Academy at Fly... more


Halloween Festivites at South Arm Community Centre

  • October 31, 2014
  • Address: 8880 Williams Rd., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Admission by cash donation or non-perishable food item

Trick-or-treat indoors and enjoy family-friendly crafts, spooky scenes, bouncy castles and more.  Brave souls aged 12+ are invited to delve into "The Darkness" - South Arm's multi-purpo... more


Halloween Fireworks at Minoru Park

  • October 31, 2014
  • Address: 7191 Granville Ave., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free

Come enjoy Halloween at Minoru Park for the free annual fireworks show where music, clowns, a magic show, fire juggling and a spectacular fireworks finale will take place from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  Fir... more


Haunted Halloween Skate at Richmond Olympic Oval

Enjoy a Haunted Halloween Skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval on October 31st from 8 - 9:45 pm.  Costume contest, Halloween crafts and prizes.  more


Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours

  • October 15, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Address: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
  • Admission: $40 per person
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The Vancouver Trolley Company and Vancouver Police Museum are partnering for an evening of murderous tales and infamous Vancouver ghost stories onboard HAUNTED VANCOUVER TROLLEY TOURS.  As t... more


Minoru Arenas - Halloween Skate

  • October 31, 2014
  • Address: 7551 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Family rates or regular admission rates apply

Treats, tricks and on-ice games.  Wear a costume and get free skate rentals and hot chocolate.  Family rates or regular admission rates apply. more


The Pumpkin Patch

  • October 04, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Richmond Country Farms
  • Address: 12900 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC V6W 1A3
  • Admission: $8.00 Weekdays & $12.00 Weekends
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The Pumpkin Patch is always part of the annual fall festivities at Richmond Country Farms.  Enjoy professional entertainment, a sing-a-long hay ride, a visit to the animal farm, a Spartan apple a... more


YVR Celebrates Halloween

Come join the fun as we celebrate Halloween with DJ Alibaba near The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe, International Departures, Level 3 - across from the Food Court. Pumpkin Carving Conte... more


On-Going Events

Dressed in Drama

“Dressed in Drama”, an exhibit of Peking Opera theatrical costumes, shoes, head-pieces and jewelry, last seen 10 years ago in Toronto, is Vancouver’s chance to appreciate gorgeous pi... 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


Vikings - Lives Beyond the Legends

  • May 16, 2014 to November 11, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Royal BC Museum
  • Address: 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
  • Admission: General museum admission applies
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The first North American stop for this exhibition, Vikings challenges our commonly held beliefs as they emerge in a fascinating new light. Insights into Viking domestic life, death rituals, the signif... more