It’s that time of year when T-shirts, farmers’ markets, and frozen treats start to return to everyday life. And although we typically still keep our umbrellas close by—summer’s serial blue skies are still to come—there are plenty of great reasons to head out and explore the city this June.
From a vintage car show to a colourful kite festival, the calendar is full of cool options to keep you busy. Read on for some of our top suggestions—and feel free to share photos of your June activities on social media using our #RichmondMoments hashtag. Click here to view the full calendar of events.
Lingyen Mountain Temple is taking part in Doors Open Richmond the first weekend in June. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
June 1 (2:30pm - 4:30pm)
Fans of 1960s rock music will be flocking to the city’s favourite record store for this rare appearance by one of the decade’s most important BC bands. The Centaurs struck their first chords in Richmond back in the day, before blossoming into long-haired icons whose songs—including Kicks and On Your Way—made them a must-see on stages from Vancouver to Holland. Marking the new release of their album, From Canada to Europe, the band will chat about their history and rich musical legacy. Slip on your velour suit, put flowers in your hair, and head on over.
June 1 & 2 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
One of the city’s most popular annual events, this is your big chance to head behind the scenes at more than 40 sites in Richmond. From art studios and places of worship to City Hall and Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1, you’ll discover what makes each place tick during this revealing two-day happening. Peruse the online brochure and roll up at any of the listed sites throughout the Doors Open weekend or reserve ahead for the limited spaces at four locations that require advance (but still free) registration; these include the City of Richmond’s Artefact Storage Warehouse and Wild Sweets, a popular local chocolatier.
Vitaly: an Evening of Wonders at the River Rock Casino
June 5 (7:00pm)
Tickets from $45
If you’re a fan of magic and illusion, this dramatic stage show from one of the world’s hottest and most innovative master performers is an essential night out. Described by Penn & Teller as “amazing and ingenious,” Vitaly Beckman brings his latest production, which has already toured in the US and around the world, to Richmond for a single, highly anticipated performance. Book ahead for a mesmerizing show where paintings come to life, photographs become mini-movies, and audience members see their faces vanish from their own driver’s licenses.
Illusionist Vitaly Beckman brings his show to the River Rock on June 5. | Photo: Vitaly Beckman
Sockeye Run Car Show & Shine at the Steveston Community Park
June 9 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
If you’re a fan of vehicles, put your foot down and head straight to this annual cavalcade of beautiful vintage cars. Organized by the Richmond Lions Club and now in its 29th year, you’ll be able to see hundreds of cherished, highly polished classics and rarities ranging from hot roads to military vehicles. Don’t miss the event’s 4th annual Electric Vehicle Showcase plus live entertainment, food trucks, and a rev-worthy host of family-friendly activities from model-making to Hot Wheels races.
Collage Night at the Richmond Art Gallery
June 13 (6:30pm - 9:00pm)
Keen to exercise your creative urges? Head over to Richmond’s public gallery for this highly sociable evening of cutting, pasting, and chatting with a gaggle of like-minded people (music and tea included). Aimed at adult artists and art-lovers of all abilities, dive into a vast array of cool collage materials to create your own masterpiece inspired by the gallery’s current Karen Tam exhibition. Staff will be on-hand with collage-making tips and advice, while short tours of Tam’s exhibition are also on the menu. Aimed at ages 16+, this event is free but registration is required.
Pacific Rim Kite Festival at Garry Point Park
June 15 & 16 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
From the lofty-minded members of the British Columbia Kitefliers Association, this colourful annual extravaganza transforms waterfront Garry Point Park into two wind-whipped days of demos, kite battles, and individual and team flying shows. Look out for visiting sailboats and sailboarders just off shore and don’t miss the workshop area where your wide-eyed kids can build their own magnificent flying frames. Keen to learn more about this ever-soaring pastime? Quiz the chatty members for the lowdown on rolls, yaws, and ‘line laundry.’
JES Trio Concert at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site
June 20 (7:30pm - 9:00pm)
Tickets $10 at the door
Staged in the intimate, richly evocative setting of Britannia Shipyards’ Chinese Bunkhouse, the Steveston Folk Guild presents a delightful evening of Celtic, folk roots, and original songs from BC-based toe-tappers JES Trio. Comprising Jane Slemon, Ellen van der Hoeven, and Susan Larkin, the group’s warmly synchronous vocals are elevated by expertly-played instruments that often includes fiddles, flutes, acoustic guitars, and more. Doors open for his event at 6:30pm.
Welcoming the Sun, a Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
June 22 (noon - 4:00pm)
Marking Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples Day, this colourful, family-friendly annual event is back with an immersive afternoon of amazing indigenous arts and culture at one of BC’s most popular heritage attractions. Arrive early to catch everything from dancers and storytellers to fascinating workshops. Taking place both inside and outside the historic cannery, save time to visit the museum’s intriguing exhibits while you’re here.
Don't miss Welcoming the Sun, a Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture on June 22. | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society