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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

"Scuba Claus" at Vancouver Aquarium

  • November 26, 2015 to January 03, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • 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

2015 Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships

The 2015 Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships, hosted by the BCPA, are being held Dec. 1 - 6th at the Richmond Olympic Oval.  Come and support some of the strongest athletes in th... more

A Day for the Birds at Richmond Nature Park

Drop in for a tour of the wildlife garden and learn how to make a garden habitat for birds. This event takes an ecosystem approach and highlights responsible feeding practices. Admission is by donatio... more

A Merry Musical Christmas at Aberdeen Centre

Have yourself a Merry Musical Christmas Let's spread and sprinkle some joy! 'Tis a merry musical year with more than 20 performances to light up your holiday spirit. The first shows are about to kic... more

André-Philippe Gagnon at The River Rock Casino Resort

Join the man of 1,000 voices, master impersonator and one of Canada's favorite comedians. Andre is well known for his amazingly accurate  impersonations of famous musicians, actors, politicians a... more

Breakfast with Santa at The River Rock Casino Resort

Santa is coming to The River Rock, Treat your kids to a special holiday-style buffet in the River Rock Show Theatre. Including a photo with Santa. Guests can arrive any time between 9am-12pm . To rese... more

Britannia Mine Museum Presents a Dickens Christmas

Experience the warmth and cheer of the holidays with our Victorian themed "A Dickens Christmas". We're filling our historic Machine Shop with nostalgic Christmas displays and activities fo... more

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site - Christmas Concert

Celebrate the winter season listening to ancient and modern music performed by Louise Southwood, internationally acclaimed classical guitarist and Dr. Barrie Barrington, a celebrated pianist... more

Burton Cummings & His Band at The River Rock Casino Resort

Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that Burton Cummings has enjoyed in a remarkable career spanning more than forty years. Whether as lead singer and songwriter... more

Cameron Cartiere and the chART Collective: For All Is For Yourself

Academic and Public Art Facilitator Cameron Cartiere’s exhibition will highlight the decreasing bee populations which are being threatened by factors such as disease and parasites, pesticide use... more

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

  Glittering lights, towering heights and festive nights - Canyon Lights returns for its 10th season! Celebrate Canyon Lights November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Re-capture the fee... more

Carol Ship Dinner Cruises

Vancouver's Most Festive Carol Ships! Sailing on: December 6, 8,  10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21 & 23 Harbour Cruises offers the most extensive and festive selection of Carol Ship departu... more

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

JOIN SANTA ON A MAGICAL FLIGHT ACROSS CANADA AND THEN TO THE NORTH POLE! This Christmas FlyOver Canada will light up into a winter wonderland and take you on a magical flight across Canada and then ... more

Christmas at the Cannery - Festival of Trees 2015

The Steveston Merchants Association, in partnership with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is excited to present the 5th annual Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees.  View tr... more

Christmas Tea at London Heritage Farm

Please come and enjoy Christmas decorations in our Farmhouse and outdoor festive light display. Our own London Lady Tea is waiting for you with our warm home baked scones, homemade jam and traditional... more

Christmas with Friends

  • December 05, 2015
  • Address: 11295 Melis Drive, Richmond, BC
  • Admission: Adult $18, Senior / Student $15, Children (6-12) $6
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Richmond Orchestra and Chorus joins forces with the Richmond Singers to celebrate the Christmas Season in song. more

Christmas with the Rat Pack at The River Rock Casino Resort

Tribute to the Rat Pack featuring Gary Anthony as Frank Sinatra, Andy DiMino as Dean Martin, and Lambus Dean as Sammy Davis Jr. Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 1-85... more

Get Snow Globed

  • December 04, 2015 to December 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Address: 555 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $5.00 suggested donation

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like from inside a snow globe? This Christmas, Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, and The Kettle Society are inviting Vancouverites climb inside a giant... more

Karaoke Christmas Light Trolley Tour

Festively decorated Trolleys equipped with karaoke machines for your seasonal singing enjoyment will depart from Canada Place at 6:30pm every evening (except for Christmas Day). Upon pickup, guests ... more

Longest Night at Richmond Nature Park

Which day of the year has the longest night? The Winter Solstice! Join us on Saturday, December 19, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm for the Longest Night celebrations at the Richmond Nature Park. Create l... more

Lunch with Santa

Join us on Dec. 13th for Lunch with Santa.  Enjoy special arts & crafts and games! Magician Rick Mearns will also be here with some holiday magic and animal balloons! Call 604-273-6... more

Owl Show at Richmond Nature Park

Owls are remarkable predators that rarely reveal themselves to people. Stop by the Richmond Nature Park on Sunday, December 6 between 11am and 3pm. for a unique opportunity to see and learn about thes... more

Peak of Christmas At Grouse Mountain

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

Steveston Santa Claus Parade

A small parade winding through the streets of Steveston bringing Santa Claus and friends to the children and adults.  This event is for all ages.  Disability access is available.  This ... more

The 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden produced in partnership with the Secret Lantern Society transforms the Garden into a magical place on... more

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