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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

Buccaneers and Treasures Day Camp at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Avast Buccaneers! The pirate-themed camp combines free play, organized activities, creativity, outdoor adventures and history into a treasure chest of fun! Parents are invited to graduation. Calling a... 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


International Mustang Meet #35 and Car Show

The Greater Vancouver Mustang Association will be hosting the 35th Annual International Mustang Meet, on Labour Day weekend. The event will also be part of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Celebrations. T... 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


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


On-Going Events

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


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


Neon Marquee by Keith McKellar

Neon Marquee Art Exhibition by Keith McKellar Artist Keith McKellar’s obsessive romance as a Vancouver nighttime cabbie in the 1970s informed his eccentric and colourful view of people and inspi... 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 Play Days at the Oval Waterfront

Celebrate the end of summer at Richmond's outdoor movie and concert bash this Sunday, August 31 at the Richmond Olympic Oval waterfront plaza. Come enjoy free live musical performances from up-and-c... 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


YVR Take-Off Fridays

Whether you’re young or just young at heart there’s something for everyone as Vancouver International Airport (YVR) gets ready to host its 5th summer celebration event YVR Take-Off Fridays... more