The days are getting longer and temperatures are rising towards T-shirt levels (with a few rainy stretches to keep the trees happy). Bottom line? This is the perfect time to get out and explore the city. From circus shows and owl encounters to a LEGO convention and a night market, there are lots of cool happenings in the city this month.
Read on for a few of our top recommendations. And don’t forget to share your photos on social media using our #RichmondMoments hashtag—we’d love to see what you get up to!
Grapes, Hops & Bites Festival at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
May 3 (7:00pm - 10:00pm)
Steveston Rotary Club’s annual fundraising party—now in its 18th year—transforms the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for a full evening of perfectly paired libations and side dishes. Tables pouring great BC wine, beer, and liquor will wet your whistle, while an array of cleverly curated gourmet treats from local restaurants will keep you well-fed. Live music adds to the festivities, and the evening’s proceeds go to programs that support locals throughout the community. Book tickets here.
May 4 & 5 (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Tickets $15, children 3 and under free
Explore BC’s largest public exhibition of clever LEGO creations at this all-ages show, featuring hundreds of intricate models. Then check out a supporting cast of unique vendors while chatting with lots of LEGO builders from around the world. Book ahead for timed entry tickets and you’ll have two hours to check everything out—including the interactive Creation Station. Book your BrickCan tickets here.
Check out LEGO displays at BrickCan 2019. | Photo: Krista Simpson
May 5 & 19 (see full list of dates here)
Located across the street from the Steveston Community Centre, this warm and welcoming outdoor market is back for the season. Come rain or shine, the family-friendly pop-up typically features dozens of stalls selling everything from artisan soaps to handmade jewelry to knitted hats. As the season unfolds, the produce stands become more bounteous (watch for cherries and blueberries later in the year), and there are always plenty of sweet treats and baked goodies to enjoy as well. Food trucks and live music add to the enjoyment.
The Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market kicks off for the season in May. | Photo: John Lee
May 9 - 20
Tickets from $25
Brightening a corner of Lansdowne Centre’s parking lot with its colourful tented complex, the Royal Canadian Circus is in town for a 16-show run. Just steps from the Canada Line’s Lansdowne Station, the all-new show promises a thrilling event that’s full of international entertainers performing death-defying tricks, high-flying acrobatics, and towering feats of strength. This big top, animal-free event is a perfect family excursion, complete with popcorn and face-painting. Click here for ticket promo codes.
May 10 - October 14 (7:00pm - midnight Friday - Sunday and 7:00pm - 11:00pm on holiday Mondays; 7:00pm - 11:00pm on Sundays after September 2)
A must-do in Richmond every year—especially if you’re ravenously hungry—the Richmond Night Market is back for a full season of fun. A short walk from the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station, explore around 200 vendor stands selling everything from anime action figures to colourful socks, then plunge into the rows of steam-shrouded food stalls. Curious about tornado potatoes or dragon’s beard candy? Now’s your big chance to try them (and much more).
The Richmond Night Market opens May 10. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Mother’s Day Tea at London Heritage Farm
May 11, 12, 18 & 19 (noon to 5:00pm)
$15 per person
If flowers are your default Mother’s Day approach, now is the time to give your mom what she really wants: quality time with you—and a table-full of delicious treats. London Heritage Farm regularly serves afternoon tea in its antique-lined tearoom but this special Mother’s Day edition is the perfect way to show your mom how much she means to you. Expect house-made sweet and savoury goodies (plus some London Lady Tea) and be sure to leave time for a springtime garden stroll after your feast. Book ahead here; space is limited.
London Heritage Farm is the perfect place to spend Mother's Day. | Photo: John Lee
May 12 (11:00am - 3:00pm)
Admission by donation
The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society returns to one of the city’s favourite parks, showcasing an impressive array of birds up-close at this family-friendly event. Expect to be awestruck by several handsome birds as you and your kids learn all about these amazing animals. While you’re here, explore the Richmond Nature Park’s excellent Nature House displays and its easy-access trails, keeping your camera ready for birds such as hummingbirds and woodpeckers en route.
May 25 (2:00pm - 5:00pm; click here for more dates)
Tickets $65 (19+ only)
Step back in time on this unique guided walking tour. Led by a costumed interpreter, you’ll visit four heritage sites—Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Interurban Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site—and hear all about what it was like to live and work here back in the day. At each stop, you’ll indulge in carefully curated food and drink tastings. Space is limited; book ahead here.
Discover four historic sites with the Steveston Heritage Experience. | Photo: Tourism Richmond