The blue skies of summer are here. And while it’s tempting to simply flop on the grass and eat endless amounts of ice cream, there’s also a full menu of things to do in the city this month. From outdoor festivals to shoreline walking tours and from a cool birding event to a barbecue party, there’s no excuse for snoozing until September rolls around. Slap on some sunscreen and check out these happenings—and don’t forget to share your experiences via social media using our #RichmondMoments hashtag.
View the full calendar of events here.
August 3 - September 15 (ticket time slots from 10:00am - 6:00pm daily)
Admission is $8 + tax on weekdays; $15 + tax on weekends; children under 3 free
Richmond’s newest festival is a celebration of vibrant colour for all sunflower (and dahlia) fans. Bring your camera to the Richmond Country Farms site and you’ll encounter eight acres of pretty petals, including more than 20 different varieties of sunflowers and dahlias. Alongside the Insta-worthy visuals at the Sunflower Festival, this family-friendly happening also includes ice cream vendors and weekend food trucks. There will also be tractor rides, a miniature train to ride, and fresh-cut flower stand. Purchase tickets here.
August 3 (noon – 4:00pm)
Pack a great lunch and head to Steveston’s historic Branscombe House for this Pride weekend picnic party. Hosted by Branscombe’s artist-in-residence Paige Gratland, you’ll find a full afternoon of fun, including weaving workshops, free popsicles, drag queen story time, and a brilliant DJ dance party. Guest speakers will be on-hand to keep things lively, and there will also be a bike decorating station plus a 4:00pm parade where you can proudly show off your newly fabulous wheels. An LGTBQ2S-friendly event, all are welcome to drop by, show their support, and enjoy the fun.
August 3 & 4 and August 17 & 18 (noon – 4:00pm)
Admission is free
A sunny Steveston excursion isn't complete without a stroll along the boardwalks of Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. But this month, you can add an extra dimension to your visit on four special August days. Walk the free-entry site on either of the designated weekends and you’ll be able to check out some charming boats and chat with their owners, while also catching some fascinating demonstrations of maritime activities like net-mending and carpentry.
Need more? Consider coming here on August 15 for a toe-tapping Simon Kempston folk concert inside Britannia’s Chinese Bunkhouse.
Visit Britannia Shipyards this August. | Photo: City of Richmond
August 10 (10:00am - 3:00pm)
Admission is free
Celebrating the history and ongoing vitality of Richmond’s extensive agricultural sector, this family-friendly day out includes a farmers’ market and live music, plus plenty of additional entertainment and activities for kids. There will also be equipment displays and demonstrations from local farms and farmers. Consider ditching the car to get to Farm Fest: this event will have its own free bike valet—and there will be also be free shuttle buses running from Lansdowne Centre and the Colonel Sherman Armoury.
August 17 (11:00am - 2:00pm)
Cost: $15 for 1/4 rack of ribs from all 3 restaurants, $5 for 3 beer tasters
The third annual incarnation of this carnivorous tailgate-style party sees chefs from Harold’s, CAVU, and 75 West Coast Grill competing to serve the juiciest and most delicious ribs in the city. Visitors can sample the delights from all three restaurants, while enjoying beverages from popular BC breweries—including Richmond’s Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. Parking is free and there will also be live music and a dunk tank—bring a non-perishable donation for the Richmond Food Bank Society (the event’s community beneficiary) to earn a free throw!
The Best on the Block BBQ Rib Cook-Off is on August 17. | Photo: Harold’s Bistro & Bar
August 18 (10:00am - 3:00pm)
Admission by donation
Back for its 11th year, this aromatic event celebrates all things garlic with farm tours, how-to-grow workshops, and dishes prepared by local chefs and restaurants (including Pajo’s and the River Rock Casino Resort). But that’s not the only reason to leave your vampire friends at home and join the party: the Lower Mainland’s only garlic fest, you’ll also find live music, a farmers’ market, birds of prey flying demonstrations, and a kid’s zone full of nature-themed activities. And if you’re keen to find out what garlic ice-cream tastes like, now’s your big chance. Staged at the Sharing Farm inside Terra Nova Rural Park, save time to explore the verdant trails here before you leave.
Don't miss the Richmond Garlic Festival on August 18. | Photo: The Sharing Farm
August 24 (11:00am - 1:30pm)
In-the-know wildlife fans are fully aware that Richmond is a birding hotbed and that Iona Beach Regional Park is a great place to do some birding. Find out what all the fuss is about at this inviting community event that celebrates the fall migration of shorebirds, songbirds, and others as they journey south to warmer climates. This family-friendly event is aimed at birders of all ages and skill levels and includes guided bird walks, banding demonstrations, and even a migratory obstacle course. Note that there will be a free shuttle bus running from 10:45am - 1:45pm between Templeton Canada Line station and Iona Beach Regional Park, with pickups about every 20 minutes.
You can also register ahead of time for three special (but still free) activities: Introduction to Birding (ages 9 to 12); Introduction to Birding (ages 13 and above), and Bird Photography for Beginners. These three activities take place the morning of the Wings Over Iona event.
August 24 (8:00am - 7:00pm)
Admission is free
Centered at Steveston’s Imperial Landing Park, one of BC’s biggest dragon boat racing events brings the Fraser River shoreline to muscle-pumping life with this year’s record-breaking array of 78 teams from around North America. It’s not only about racing, though: this beloved annual community event also includes an armada of onshore fun—ranging from live music to food vendors to child-friendly activities. A great way to spend a few hours by the water, cheering on your favourite teams, it’s also a good opportunity to check out Steveston’s additional charms while you’re there.
The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival is on August 24. | Photo: Steveston Dragon Boat Festival Society
Steveston Beer Fest
August 24 (7:00pm - 9:30pm)
Staged inside the richly evocative Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and organized by local favourites O’Hare’s Gastropub, this annual event features around 40 booths pouring tasty craft beer libations from BC, the United States, and around the world. Beer and food samples are included in your ticket price, and partial proceeds from the event are directed towards local causes such as the Richmond Christmas Fund. A very popular event, purchase your advance tickets here.
August 30 (4:00pm - 10:00pm) & August 31 (11:00am - 10:00pm)
Admission is free
Marking the perfect end to August at Minoru Park, the Richmond World Festival is the city's biggest annual international culture celebration and includes eight stages, more than 100 performers, 60+ food trucks (the largest number in the event’s history), a culinary stage, and a kaleidoscopic array of artisan market stalls.
Friday night’s main stage act is Juno-winning pop and reggae-infused band Bedouin Soundclash, while Saturday’s headliners are Toronto indie rockers The Strumbellas. It’s the perfect time to dance outside all evening long and convince yourself that summer will never end.
The much-anticipated Richmond World Festival is on August 30 & 31. | Photo: City of Richmond