With the Lower Mainland shaking off the chilly vestiges of a snow-sprinkled winter, spring is finally in the air in Richmond—which means it's the perfect time to look for some cool local happenings. Luckily, there are options ranging from art shows to open mic nights and from wheelchair rugby tournaments to an outdoor carnival. Whatever you decide to do, keep your camera handy and share the fun via our #RichmondMoments social media hashtag.
March 2 to 28 (Monday to Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm; weekends by appointment)
Admission is free
Local visual artist Adamson showcases her immersive free-flowing style at this engaging month-long exhibition at Lipont Place (handily located across the street from the Aberdeen Canada Line station). The multi award-winning painter—who cites Jackson Pollock as a key influence—will have dozens of vibrant, often abstract but unmistakably nature-themed canvases on display, each highlighting her deep interest in what she calls the “chaos and beauty” of the natural world. Expect a kaleidoscopic array of medium-sized and large-format paintings, and consider attending the show’s public opening on March 2 (2:00pm to 4:00pm).
Catherine Adamson’s works are on display at Lipont Place this month. | Photo: Catherine Adamson
Collage Night in the Gallery at the Richmond Art Gallery
March 7 (from 7:00pm)
Admission is free (reserve a spot ASAP)
If you’re inspired to be creative yourself, head to the city’s popular public art gallery for this entertaining adult evening of hands-on arsty fun. A toe-tapping guest DJ will set the tone as you and your friends plunge into the gallery’s vast array of provided materials to create your own super-cool collage. Staff will be on-hand to help you fashion your unique masterpiece, and there will also be tours of the gallery’s current show plus the chance to dress-up for Instagram-worthy selfies. This event is free but space is limited—reserve you spot here.
Tickets from $34.50
If you’re all shook up by the King of Rock and Roll, now’s the time to slip on your blue suede shoes and swivel your hips over to the River Rock Show Theatre. Internationally-revered tribute artist Shane Klush—crowned the world’s number one Elvis emulator a few years back—channels the great man himself, delivering a powerhouse performance packed with all your favourite songs. Joined on stage by Cody Ray Slaughter, Legends All-Star Band and the Little Big Band Horns, you’ll feel like a hunk of burning love by the time the show reaches its finale.
Wheelchair Rugby Vancouver Invitational 2019 at the Richmond Olympic Oval
March 8 to 10
Admission is by donation
Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the Vancouver Invitational is celebrated as one of the country’s top wheelchair rugby tournaments. Staged at the city’s landmark Richmond Olympic Oval venue, the high-energy three-day event will see leading teams from across Canada, the US, and around the world clashing, spinning, and battling their way to victory in a series of intense games organized across two divisions. Drop in and cheer on Team BC!
March 14 to 23
Staged in the Gateway’s intimate Studio B space, expect an emotionally powerful play immersed in themes of revenge and redemption. Written by popular Gateway performer Meghan Gardiner, the action takes place in Millhaven Prison where long-term inmate Deke suddenly receives a new cellmate after 20 years of isolation. But the twenty-something rich kid offender who joins him forces each of them to confront the true nature of their crimes in a provocative narrative driven by explosive twists. Each performance of this provocative play will be followed by a post-show discussion. Recommended for theatre-goers aged 14 and over.
Gross Misconduct at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre. | Photo: David Cooper and Tim Matheson.
March 16 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)
Admission is free
The Lighthouse Collective is back in Steveston Village, hosting another entertaining evening of open mic performers at this popular corner coffee shop. The Saturday night soiree will serve-up a full array of intriguing performances, ranging from live music to spoken word and from unique poetry to dramatic monologues (plus everything in between). A great way for audiences to support and encourage local artists and creatives, this is also your big chance to have a go yourself (contact Lighthouse Collective beforehand to discuss your possible participation). Bonus: the first 25 people through the door on the night of the event will receive a free drink!
Spring Break Mystery in the Museum! at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
March 18 to 29
Admission: adults $11.70, seniors $10.05, free for ages 17 and under
Not sure what to do with the kids during Spring Break? Take them to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site where something much fishier than usual will be happening. A specially created self-guided activity, each visiting family will receive a detective kit to share, inviting them to hunt down a net-full of fiendishly tricky clues and solve the mystery of the missing fortune that disappeared from the plant manager’s office safe. A drop-in activity aimed at children aged 7 to 10, one detective kit will be provided for each group with a paid adult or senior (admission is free for everyone aged 17 and under).
March 21 to 31
Admission free; rides and activities extra
Steps from the Landsowne Canada Line station and temporarily taking over a corner of the mall’s huge parking lot, this alfresco family-friendly event has become an annual Richmond tradition in recent years. Expect plenty of fairground fun, including lots of neon-lit rides and a full menu of midway games. Don’t forget to hop aboard the circus train, the carnival carousel, and the lofty Ferris wheel—and be sure to add some cotton candy to your visit as well.
Outdoor Spring Carnival at Lansdowne Centre. | Photo: Lansdowne Centre
Exotic Reptile Show at the Richmond Nature Park
**Please note that this event has been cancelled as of March 15.**
March 30 and 31 (11:00am to 4:00pm)
Admission by donation
The West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles is your host for this two-day family-friendly introduction to the scaly wonders of the reptilian realm. Bring the kids for an up-close opportunity to meet a fascinating array of snakes and lizards in all their multi-hued, beady-eyed glory; ask nicely and you might even be able to touch or handle one of the friendly critters. The perfect place to have all your questions about reptiles answered by experts, save time during your visit (especially if it’s a sunny spring day) to explore the Nature Park’s beautiful trails.