With 30 per cent more sunny days than most Metro Vancouver cities, Richmond is your best bet to enjoy fun in the sun all summer long. From June through August, more than two dozen festivals and special events make up the Richmond Days of Summer – and most of them are free. Arts, culture, sports, heritage, family-oriented festivals and more…there’s fun for everyone. Highlights from this summer’s event calendar include:
Doors Open Richmond takes place June 7-8, 2014. Enjoy a diverse mix of arts, culture and heritage at the 7th annual Doors Open festival. Up to 50 sites in Richmond will be free for the public. Indulge in art and history with access to artists, museums, aboriginal groups, religious institutions, parks and other public and private arts, culture and heritage sites. Take in interpretative and intercultural performances, story-telling, demonstrations and tours at this one-of-a-kind event. For further information on these events visit www.richmond.ca/doorsopen.
Ships to Shore returns to Steveston June 29-July1, 2014. Relive the days when Richmond was a major port-of-call for sailing ship fleets. Parlay with pirates, board tall ships and search for treasure as historic Steveston Village comes alive with free events and activities for the whole family. It’s also Canada Day long weekend, so don’t forget to check out the Steveston Salmon Festival – a fun filled event to celebrate Canada’s birthday. For more information visit www.richmond.ca/shipstoshore.
The Richmond Maritime Festival is taking over the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site from August 8-10, 2014. Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage with great food, music, artists, storytellers, and meet all manner of unexpected characters. But whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190-metre (600-ft) dock. Free and fun for all ages, the Richmond Maritime Festival is one of Metro Vancouver’s largest summer events. You don’t want to miss it. Find more information at www.richmondmaritimefestival.
These fun events, and many more, are set to fill this summer with unique adventures for families in and around Richmond. For details on the complete schedule of events, visit www.richmonddaysofsummer.ca. Richmond Days of Summer is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Vancouver Airport Authority. Community partners are Port Metro Vancouver and Coast Capital Savings. Media partners are CTV, QM_FM, Richmond Review and 24 Hours.