With winter on the run, the city is warming up for springtime. And that means a full menu of both indoor and outdoor activities to check out. Here are our top suggestions for what to see and do in Richmond before the end of this month.
Gateway Theatre: Salt-Water Moon
Daily until February 24 (matinees February 18 and 20)
David French’s classic play – cleverly reinvented by Ravi Jain and fresh from a sold-out Toronto run – hits the Gateway’s MainStage. Set in 1920s Newfoundland, two former lovers meet to discuss what went wrong and perhaps plot a future together. Riveting performances make this a must-see show that tackles the enduring question: can you ever truly return home?
Dragon Dance at Parker Place Mall
February 24 (from 1pm)
An afternoon of Lunar New Year festivities enlivens one of Richmond’s most popular malls. Get you camera ready for the kinetic, richly costumed dragon dance displays but don’t miss the additional stage performances as well, all aimed at celebrating the just-started Year of the Dog. Traditional Chinese treats will be handed out as you watch the performances.
Cannery Farmers’ Market
February 25 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic site is the perfect backdrop for this popular winter season market. Drop in and check out the produce, baked treats and enticing artisan creations – all made right here in B.C. Entry is free, and by-donation guided tours of the heritage site are also on the menu.
Cannery Farmers' Market | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Richmond Art Gallery: Transference
Daily until March 18
The latest exhibition at the city’s free-entry public gallery (donations are appreciated) is an intriguing, thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between traditional print media and new, challenging forms of digital creation. The highly diverse works of five Canadian artists are showcased, from photography to audio installations. Free group tours can be booked in advance.