The secret to a successful holiday weekend is to plan ahead. But don’t worry, we’ve done some of the legwork for you. Read on for our top suggestions on what to do in Richmond this Labour Day long weekend.

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Richmond Night Market

As daylight dissipates, the air at the Richmond Night Market becomes electrified. An ode to the elaborate night markets and hawker stands of Asia, yet again you’ll feel transported to somewhere far off. Shop until you drop under the stream of colourful lights and sample the authentic street food of over 70 food stalls and 100 retail vendors. The long weekend hours for the Richmond Night Market are 7:00pm-midnight on September 3, 6:00pm-midnight on September 4, and 7:00pm-11:00pm on September 5. Admission is $5 (free for seniors and children 10 and under).

Don't want to stand in a queue? Richmond Night Market’s Zoom Pass is your way to get the VIP treatment every time you visit. Buy your Zoom Pass online and enter through the Express Entrance.

Richmond Night Market
The energy rises as the sun sets at the Richmond Night Market. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Richmond Grand Prix of Art 

Artists and art fans will be flocking to waterfront Steveston Village on Saturday, September 4, 2021 for one of Metro Vancouver’s coolest cultural happenings. The 11th annual Grand Prix of Art will see up to 80 creative-types from every skill level setting up their easels at designated outdoor spots throughout area—then painting whatever they see in front of them in a fascinating three-hour race against the clock.

Steveston Grand Prix of Art - Photo: www.artisanphotography.ca
Artists working against the clock. | Photo: www.artisanphotography.ca

LuLu Island Winery

This $7 million facility is one of the best spots to sample the fruits (literally) of the Lower Mainland. Once renowned for its icewines, today Lulu Island Winery has expanded its offering to include a variety of red and white wines. The Tuscan-style property boasts multiple tasting rooms where you can spend an afternoon savouring their assortment of wines, alongside a tasty charcuterie platter.

LuLu Island Winery
Wine tasting paired with a charcuterie selection at LuLu Island. | Photo: LuLu Island Winery

GO WHALE WATCHING

Book a whale watching trip with Vancouver Whale Watch or Steveston Seabreeze Adventures for a chance to see whales in the wild. Orcas are the main attraction, but keep your eyes open for seals, otters, eagles, and other wildlife. Tours depart from Steveston on select days—make a reservation ahead of time to avoid disappointment. 

TAKE UP BIRDING

Richmond is home to some of the best spots in Metro Vancouver for bird watching. Enjoy one of the region’s most widely-loved hobbies by charging your camera, filling your water bottle, and visiting renowned local spotting sites like the West Dyke TrailTerra Nova Rural Park, and Iona Beach Regional Park. We also have a handy birding map of Richmond available for download. For a guided tour check out Birding 101 one of our new Pacific. Authentic. Experiences which has just launched this month.Iona Beach Regional Park - Photo: John Lee
Go birding at Iona Beach Regional Park. | Photo: John Lee

BIKE THE DYKE

Discover signature views, attractions, and cuisine as you experience Richmond's dyke trails by bike. There are 15 points of interest on this trail, each equipped with fun facts and photo opportunities. Download our 'Bike the Dyke Pass' now via the link below to begin your adventure! The first 100 people to download our NEW Bike the Dyke Pass will automatically be entered into a prize draw for a $50 gift voucher from Village Bikes.

Bike the Dyke Pass
Enjoy beautiful mountain and river views as you bike along The Dyke. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

GET TO KNOW STEVESTON

Steveston was once the centre of the region’s fishing and fish canning industry, so much so that it was colloquially known as ‘Salmonopolis.’ A diverse population of fishermen, shipbuilders, and canners lived and worked here, making it culturally important to the city of Richmond. Today, its fishing legacy lives on through Canada’s largest fleet of active commercial fishing boats and Fisherman’s Wharf, where the public can purchase fresh-caught seafood right from the people who caught it. In addition to National Historic Sites and museums, Steveston’s quaint shops and vibrant streetscape have served as a backdrop to numerous films and television productions, notably being transformed to the fictional town of Storybrooke in ‘Once Upon a Time.’

Once Upon a Time - Photo: Tourism Richmond
Granny's Diner in Storybrooke, a.k.a. the Cannery Cafe | Photo credit: Tourism Richmond

PACK A PICNIC

Richmond is well known for its culinary scene; people travel here just to eat, and our residents love to eat! Why not grab takeout and picnic at one of our Pacific. Authentic. Pop-up Picnic Areas. These limited edition tables have been created by local artists in celebration of Richmond's pacific culture. There are 31 picnic tables in seven Pop-Up Picnic Area locations through Central Richmond and Steveston. At each location there are limited edition tables that have been created by local artists in celebration of Richmond's pacific culture. Click here for a map of all locations and the number of tables available at each location.

Pop-up Picnic
Picnic tables at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Save with the Discovery Passport

If you’ve never been on a whale watching tour or you’ve been curious about what the food is like at AnAr Persian Cuisine, now’s the time to try something new. This summer, you can unlock exclusive offers at 25+ Richmond businesses with our mobile-exclusive Discovery Passport. You’ll find plenty of options for the entire family—whether you want to explore Kidtropolis with the little ones, splurge (and save!) at the shops at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport, or learn something new at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Britannia Brewing Company
Redeem a $5 flight at Britannia Brewing | Photo credit: Tourism Richmond