Shake off the chilly vestiges of winter—spring is in the air in Richmond. It’s the perfect time to look around for some colourful local happenings, and this month’s options ranges from Spring Break fun and swordplay shenanigans to a toe-tapping St. Patrick’s Day concert. Whatever you do, keep your camera handy and share your discoveries—spring blooms included—using our #RichmondMoments social media hashtag.

Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium

March 6 to March 8
Admission from $45

This immersive international gathering will draw visitors from far and wide to the Richmond Olympic Oval for a weekend of sharp-pointed perfection for anyone with an interest in the rich worlds of swordplay, chivalry, history, and fantasy fiction. This year’s theme is East Meets West and there’s a full roster of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and more. Keep in mind that there are two levels of admission: Symposium Passes (from $174) give you full participation and are aimed at those “who wish to swing a sword,” and Audit Passes (from $45) that enable you to access the entertaining lecture series and observe workshops.

Wiener Abend at the Austria Vancouver Club

March 7 (from 6:00pm)
Non-member tickets $50

Looking for a golden opportunity to dress formally and whirl around a dance floor as if you’re in yesteryear Austria? Head to the charming Wiener Abend (Vienna Evening) event at the Austria Vancouver Club on Richmond’s Westminster Highway. Behind the building’s wooden-shutter façade, you’ll enjoy a culturally immersive evening of live music, dancing, and a delicious dinner of pork schnitzel or beef rouladen (plus dessert). A vegetarian option is also available if requested in advance. Book tickets via reservations@austriavancouverclub.com.

Red Barn Fun Day at Terra Nova Rural Park

March 8 (1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Free

Keen to connect your kids to the natural world? Bring them to this colourful celebration of art and nature in one of Richmond’s loveliest parks. Part of a yearlong artist residency program, this family-friendly afternoon event kicks-off at the park’s landmark Red Barn—where tea and hands-on craft activities will be provided—and also includes guided nature walks through the area’s flora- framed pathways. And don't worry if you can’t make it; additional Red Barn Fun Days will run monthly until October 4.

Terra Nova Rural Park - Photo: John Lee
Discover nature during Red Barn Fun Day. | Photo: ​John Lee

Seedy Saturday at Britannia Shipyards

March 14 (noon to 4:00pm)
Free

Seedy Saturday is an annual celebration of seeds, food, and edible gardening hosted by the Richmond Food Security Society. Aimed at fostering strong, healthy communities, you’ll find friendly and informative stands from a host of Metro Vancouver organizations, including the Richmond Garden Club, Urban Fruitery, David Suzuki Foundation, Stanley Park Ecology Society, and more. Speakers will also offer handy hints, with topics including how to plan a bee-friendly garden.

Britannia Shipyards
Visit the Britannia Shipyards for Seedy Saturday. | Photo: ​John Lee

British Invasion Dinner Show at Mylora Executive Golf Course

March 14 (from 5:00pm)
Tickets $39.99 + tax

Head over to this popular Richmond golf course for a Brit-themed evening of live ‘60s rock coupled with a sumptuous roast beef buffet dinner. Retro band Nasty Habits will hit the stage at 8:00pm, playing a full menu of yesteryear tunes while you work off that buffet belly on the dance floor. There will also be giveaways from beloved local businesses Beatmerchant Record Store and Steveston’s Best of British Food & Gifts. Book tickets via scott@mylora.ca or by calling 604.271.5626.

Spring Break Mystery at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery

March 16 to 29
Admission: adults $11.90, seniors $10.20, free for ages 17 and under

Not sure what to do with the kids during March’s annual school break? Don’t miss the Cannery’s Spring Break Mystery, where something much fishier than usual will be hanging in the air at this evocative National Historic Site. Visiting families are invited to hunt down and tackle a net-full of tricky clues in order to solve the mysterious disappearance of Lulu Sweet. This self-guided drop-in activity will keep everyone in your group busy—but make sure you save time to check out the Cannery’s other cool exhibits while you’re here as well.

Two kids exploring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Kids will have fun solving the clues at the Cannery this month. | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society​

Kids & Parents Class at Juvelisto School of Metal Arts

March 19 (6:00pm to 9:00pm)
$85

A unique way to spend some creative quality time with your youngsters, this fun class at Juvelisto will show you and your child how to create a personalized pendant, key chain or dog tag necklace. You’ll be carefully instructed in vital jewelry-making techniques such as drilling, polishing, and letter-stamping, while fashioning a cool, self-designed creation to take home. All tools and materials are provided and the class is suitable for those aged eight and above. Book ahead: space is limited.

Juvelisto
Take a kids and parents class at Juvelisto. | Photo: ​Leon Shkolnik

St. Patrick’s Day Music at Britannia Shipyards

March 19 (from 7:30pm)
Admission is $10 at the door

Enjoy an infectiously fun evening of toe-tapping, smile-triggering Irish and Celtic-influenced music hosted by the Steveston Folk Guild. Staged in the wood-floored heritage surroundings of the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyards, you’ll be hosted by a friendly group of great performers including Dave McArthur, Greg Meloche, John O’Sullivan, and Jimmy Mulgrew. Looking for the best St. Patrick’s Day craic in Richmond? You just found it.

CARHA Hockey World Cup

March 29 to April 5
Admission is free

The world’s biggest international recreational hockey tournament drops the puck in Richmond for this weeklong extravaganza of adrenaline-pumping action. Staged every four years, there will be 148 teams and 2,500 participants from 15 countries this time around—ranging from the Oslo Oilers 70+ to the Fraser Valley Farm Boys and from the Michigan Sting to the Stockholm Golden Camels. An estimated 275 games will take place during the tournament (venues include the Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond Ice Centre, and Minoru Arena) and admission to all games is free.