With summer in full swing, Richmond has a fantastic array of sun-dappled activities to check out in August. From dancing horses to dragon boat races and from history-tinged afternoons to a tantalizing garlic-themed festival, you’ll have more than a few reasons to explore this month, perhaps with a perfectly-chilled bubble tea to keep you cool en route. Looking for ideas? Slap on some sunscreen, slip on your sandals, and head out to the following events!

Richmond Garlic Festival at the Sharing FarmDon't miss the Richmond Garlic Festival on August 19. | Photo: The Sharing Farm

Richmond Olympic Oval: Summer Cinema

August 10 & 24 (from 7:00pm)
Admission is free

Utilizing its onsite ROX Theatre to full effect, Richmond’s landmark Olympic venue is hosting a short run of free-entry summer movies on a first-come, first-served basis (groups of five or more are asked to book 24 hours in advance). Gratis entry includes popcorn and drinks, and August’s films are Jurassic Park (August 10) and American Graffiti (August 24). Want to feel the earth move when a T-Rex stomps by? Motion seats will be activated for the August 10 show, so make sure you hold onto your popcorn.

Farm Fest at Garden City Lands

August 11 (10:00am-3:00pm)
Admission is free

Celebrating the rich history and ongoing vitality of Richmond’s extensive farming sector, this family-friendly day out includes a 40-vendor market, toe-tapping live music, and lots of food trucks—plus plenty of additional entertainment and activities for kids. There will also be farming demonstrations and equipment displays to peruse as well as the chance to meet and greet local farmers. Arriving by bicycle? The event will have its own free and fully secure bike valet.

Twin Oaks Farm: RCMP Musical Ride

August 14 (5:30pm-10:00pm)
Tickets: age 6 and over $10; age 5 and under free

A beloved Canadian tradition for well over a century, marvel at a full troop of 32 red-serge-wearing Mounties as they gallop on horseback around the popular Twin Oaks Farm equestrian facility. Expect to point your camera at intricate maneuvers, cheer-triggering drills and amazing choreographed displays (including the famous Dome formation), all performed by riders in perfect harmony with their highly-trained equine partners. Book your tickets here.

Steveston Interurban Tram: All Aboard!

August 18 (noon-4:00pm)
Admission is free

Richmond was once home to a busy tram system that used to trundle locals and visitors in and around the city. This family friendly event includes the chance to check out the handsomely preserved Tramcar 1220 in all its red-painted glory, as well as hear all about latter-day transit and transportation initiatives from local experts. Live music, additional activities and kid-friendly crafts will add to the afternoon’s busload of fee-free fun.

Steveston Interurban TramTramcar 1220 is the centrepiece of the annual All Aboard! event. | Photo: John Lee

Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks: The Hop Strikes Back

August 18 (noon-4:00pm)
Tickets: $45

The perfect way to toast BC’s summer, head to the tasting room at this celebrated Richmond craft brewery and dive right into the a full range of hop-tastic IPAs from the home team plus 13 of BC's other great beer producers. Your $45 ticket includes a souvenir glass and unlimited access to beers from top regional breweries such as Twin Sales, Strange Fellows, and Steel & Oak. There’ll also be food trucks onsite so you don’t have to rely on beer to cover all your dietary needs. Purchase tickets here.

YVR Chill Out

August 18 (11:00am - 3:00pm)
Admission is free

Vancouver International Airport's 3rd annual YVR Chill Out at Larry Berg Flight Path Park will feature a wide variety of cultural food and tons of fun family activities, including face painters, a glitter-tattoo artist, magicians and photo booths. It's one of the ways YVR gives back to the community and showcases some of their many community partners. There's even a cool grand prize up for grabs—visit the YVR Community tent for details!

Harold’s Bistro & Bar: Best on the Block BBQ Rib Cook-Off

August 18 (11:00am-2:00pm)
Tickets: $15

A finger-licking lure for barbecue fans, this second-annual outdoor tailgate-style event sees chefs from Harold’s Bistro & Bar, CAVU, and American Grille competing to serve the juiciest and most delicious ribs they can. Visitors can vote for their favorite team—your ticket buys you a quarter rack of ribs from each restaurant—while also partaking of beverages from three BC breweries, including Richmond’s own Fuggles & Warlock. Parking is free and all proceeds benefit the Richmond Food bank Society.

Best on the Block BBQ Rib Cook-OffDon't miss the Best on the Block BBQ Rib Cook-Off on August 18. | Photo: Harold’s Bistro & Bar

The Sharing Farm: Richmond Garlic Festival

August 19 (10:00am-3:00pm)
Admission by donation

Marking its 10th anniversary in 2018, this aromatic tribute to all-things garlic celebrates the world of the ‘stinky rose’ with farm tours, how-to-grow workshops, and lots of fresh-grown product—plus dishes prepared by local chefs and restaurants. But that’s not the only reason to join the party: at the Lower Mainland’s only garlic festival, you’ll also find live music, a farmers’ market, bird of prey displays, and a kid zone packed with activities. 

London Heritage Farm: Family Fun Day

August 19 (10:00am-4:00pm)
Admission: adults $4, seniors & teens $3; 12 and under free; families $6

The biggest event of the summer at Richmond’s beloved London Heritage Farm, this kid-friendly, festival-like garden party includes pony rides, a petting zoo, children’s crafts, and up-close visits with some birds of prey. Fancy stepping back in time? Don’t miss the vintage photo booth and be sure to save time to explore the antique-lined farmhouse, complete with its own charming team room (London Lady Tea recommended).

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival

August 25 (8:00am-7:00pm)
Admission is free

One of BC’s biggest annual dragon boat racing events brings Steveston’s Fraser River shoreline to colourful, muscle-pumping life with a series of on-the-water contests. It’s not only about dragon boating, though: this summertime community favourite also includes a heaping side-dish of onshore fun—from live music to food vendors to child-friendly activities. A great way to spend a few hours by the water, it’s also a good opportunity to check out Steveston’s additional charms while you’re here.

Richmond World Festival

August 31 (4:00pm-10:00pm) & September 1 (11:00am-10:00pm)
Admission is free

Straddling the end of August and the start of September like a towering colossus of fun, the city’s biggest annual international culture and entertainment celebration includes nine stages, more than 90 performers, dozens of food trucks, and a kaleidoscopic array of artisan market stalls. Friday night’s main stage act is Juno-winning alt-pop sensation Lights, while Saturday’s headliners are reggae-fusion Torontonians MAGIC! It’s the perfect time to dance outside all evening long and convince yourself that summer will never end.

Magic! will perform at the Richmond World FestivalMAGIC! headlines the Richmond World Festival on September 1.