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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

China Super Vocal Canada Audition

China Super Vocal comes to Canada to find potential musicians! China Super Vocal is a Chinese reality talent show that premiered in July 2012 on Zhejiang Television. The aim of this serie... 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

Kwantlen St. Market

  • May 31, 2016 to October 18, 2016 (Every Tuesday)
  • Address: At the intersection of Kwantlen St. and Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Free
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The Kwantlen Student Association (KSA), in conjunction with Farm Fresh Events, presents the newest Richmond farmers market every Tuesday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the parking lot of Kwantlan Poly... more

Lyse Lemieux: A Girls's gotta do what a Girl's gotta do

For over two decades the work of Vancouver artist Lyse Lemieux has balanced between representation and abstraction while still maintaining a relationship to the human figure.  Body references e... more

Orchid Show at Richmond Nature Park

Beautiful orchids will be on display at the Richmond Nature Park on Sunday, May 28. View different varieties of orchids up close and learn how to care for these unique plants from members of the Richm... more

Oysterfest at Steveston Seafood House

Oysterfest is on now! Buck a shuck oysters available every night all night until June 30th. Kushhi, Kumomoto, Chef's Creek and more! The Steveston Seafood House is committed to using only the f... 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 and Stat... 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: Admission $3.25. Children under 10 years and Seniors 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

Slugfest at Richmond Nature Park

Slug lovers unite! The Richmond Nature Park is the place to be for all those who have, or want to gain an appreciation for, these slimy, yet fascinating creatures. On Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 4 p.m., ... more

Whale Watching with Steveston Seabreeze Adventures

Departing at 12:00 pm daily April 1st - June 17th, step into the ocean world of orcas, or depending on the time of year, perhaps humpback, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, seals or sea lio... more

Whale Watching with Vancouver Whale Watch

  • April 01, 2016 to June 15, 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 & $2.00 Conservation Fee added to all rates.
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Departing at 11:00am daily from April 1st - June 15th, your 3 - 5 hour tour travels through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands.  Discover Orcas, bow riding Dall's porpoises, sea li... 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