Locals and visitors looking for an amazing summertime party will be flocking to Richmond’s Minoru Park this Labour Day weekend for two great days of arts, culture, and food happenings—plus a jam-packed menu of live music.

Running on August 30 & 31 this year, the fifth annual Richmond World Festival is one of the region’s most popular, family-friendly outdoor events. And best of all: entry to this city centre festival is entirely free!

Richmond World Festival
The 2019 Richmond World Festival takes place on August 30 & 31 at Minoru Park.

Spectacular music

The live music line-up for the 2019 Richmond World Festival includes dozens of richly diverse Canadian and international musicians. And they’ll be performing on stages of all sizes dotted throughout the park site.

Headlining the main stage on August 30, Bedouin Soundclash is a Juno award-winning Canadian ska and reggae-flavoured act with five albums and a dedicated global following behind them. Taking over main stage headliner duties on August 31, Ontario crowd-pleasers The Strumbellas will bring their indie-rock sounds to the festival’s dance-ready evening audience.

But these two renowned acts are just part of the event’s live music component. Additional acts this year include R&B artist Phé, soulful indie duo Sister Says, and hip-hop artist Malcolm-Jay.

There will also be dozens of additional performers appearing on stages large and small throughout the weekend. Look out for musicians and dancers representing a plethora of cultures and countries, including Peru, Russia, Japan, India, and more. For a full rundown of 2019’s live performers, click here.

Richmond World Festival
There's a fantastic line-up of musicians to check out at the Richmond World Festival.

Kaleidoscopic culture

It’s not all about watching others perform, though. Mirroring Richmond’s multicultural provenance, the Richmond World Festival’s Global Village area will include craft workshops and cultural demonstrations­. And the Global Village Stage will also host several entertaining acts, with international dance and music heavily featured.

In addition, the Bamboo Theatre, located near the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza, will showcase local artists and activities. Look for the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society tent here, complete with costume displays, make-up demonstrations, and kid-friendly activities  such as origami and colouring.

Bamboo Theatre at the Richmond World FestivalThe Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society will perform at the Bamboo Theatre stage.

But that’s not all. This year’s additional Cultural Pavilion Pod Pop-Ups will reflect countries from around the world, with everything from national costumes to traditional dances on show.

Feeling a little overheated after your full-on cultural immersion? Over in the Antarctica Zone, located in Minoru Arena, you’ll be able to cool down with some free ice skating—along with a concession stand full of restorative treats.

More For Kids

The family-friendly Richmond World Festival offers lots of action for curious junior visitors. But if you’re really keen to keep your children occupied, beeline straight to the site’s dedicated Kids World area.

Nature and culture is the focus here, with plenty of hands-on activity on the agenda. Face-painting and balloon artistry will keep things lively, plus a pop-up stage of special acts. In the nearby Richmond Public Library, there’ll also be an Imagination Stage where performers will include the popular Vancouver Puppet Theatre.

And no matter what your age, keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the festival site and you’ll likely spot roving performers ranging from jugglers to stilt-walkers.

Hands-on Creative Fun at Richmond World FestivalParticipate in some hands-on creative fun at the Richmond World Festival.

Foodie festivities

If all that activity leaves you weak with hunger, you’ll find the festival’s edible side is more than just a side-dish. One of the region’s largest food truck gatherings, the event’s FEASTival of Flavours offers a belt-busting buffet of more than 60 vendors serving an international array of options. The 2019 edition will be the largest gathering of food trucks in the Richmond World Festival’s history.

From burritos to waffles; cannoli to Jamaican patties; and Thai street eats to those ever-popular spiral fried potatoes, choosing exactly what to eat will be one of your biggest challenges here. The solution? Snack on some warm, fresh-made mini doughnuts while you make your mind up.

Tacos at the Richmond World FestivalChoose from over 60 food vendors at the Feastival of Flavours.

And food trucks aren’t the festival’s only taste-tripping enticement. This year’s interactive Culinary Stage will host top local chefs for a tasty array of cooking demonstrations. For many visitors, this is a not-be-missed festival highlight.

Richmond World Festival
Local chefs will display their cooking skills on the Culinary Stage.

Browse-worthy market stalls

Another popular returning feature this year is the Artisan Market. Rows of inviting stalls will be selling locally-handcrafted items and international imports; expect to see everything from unique jewelry to creative clothing. You’ll also find stalls showcasing Richmond’s many community groups and friendly grassroots organizations—a great way to meet the locals.

Family Walking Through the Richmond World FestivalDon’t miss the Artisan Market at the Richmond World Festival.

If you go

The free-entry Richmond World Festival is on Friday, August 30 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturday, August 31 from 11:00am to 10:00pm. All events and activities will take place at Minoru Park and the adjoining Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza.

The venue is a short walk from the Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line Station and is also served by several bus routes—plan your transit trip via the TransLink website. There will also be a free Wheel Watch bike check service onsite. If you’re planning to drive, keep in mind that festival parking is limited.

Richmond World Festival
Enjoy a wide variety of performances at the Richmond World Festival.

Photos: City of Richmond