The sunny days are back 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. Here are five springtime activities to keep you busy in Richmond this month.
Richmond Nature Park: BC CacheCon 2018
May 6 (9:00am-3:30pm)
Admission is free, must pre-register
A great way to get outside and learn something new, visit this popular park for a full day of family-friendly geocaching shenanigans. Aimed at both beginners and veteran enthusiasts, you can learn all about this popular activity while also perusing vendor stands and listening to expert speakers covering topics from botany to orienteering and from puzzle-solving to nature photography. There’s no cost to attend, but organizers ask that you register before arriving.
Richmond Night Market
May 11-October 7 (7:00pm-midnight Fridays & Saturdays; 7:00pm-11:00pm Sundays & statutory holidays)
Admission is $4.25 (free for seniors and children 10 and under)
There’s no better way to spend your weekend than at this brilliant alfresco night market, an easy stroll from the Bridgeport Canada Line station. Peruse the 200 or so vendor stands – hawking everything from anime plushies to bling-tastic cell phone cases – then dive right into the dozens of steam-shrouded food stalls. A taste-tripping smorgasbord of tornado potatoes, tender dumplings, grilled squid dishes and a full menu of naughty desserts, you won’t have to eat again for a week. Need a respite from filling your face? There’s also an eclectic array of live entertainment on stage every night.
Richmond Night Market | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Gulf of Georgia Cannery: Grapes, Hops & Bites Festival
May 11 (7:00pm-10:00pm)
Tickets are $60
Now in its 17th year, this beloved fundraising party – hosted by the Steveston Rotary Club – takes over the historic cannery complex for a full evening of perfectly paired drinks and side dishes. Stands serving great BC wine, beer and liquor will whet your whistle, combined with an array of carefully curated gourmet treats from leading local restaurants. Live music will also keep your toes tapping between sips. The proceeds from this ever-enjoyable event support Rotary programs helping locals throughout the community.
Grapes, Hops & Bites | Photo: Sandra Steier/Steveston Rotary Club
London Heritage Farm: Mother’s Day Tea
May 12 & 13 (noon-5:00pm)
$14 per person
The perfect way to show your mom how much you appreciate her, book ahead for a sumptuous afternoon spread in the antique-lined tearoom of this charming historic attraction. Expect a pot of signature London Lady Tea, served with vintage china teacups and a tiered platter of house-made cakes, treats and scones (fresh cream and organic jam included). Save time for a springtime stroll through the gardens – and bring your camera to snap some shots of your beloved mom framed by the flowers. London Heritage Farm's 12th Annual Plant Sale will also be taking place on May 12 & 13, and will celebrate the Year of the Iris.
Richmond Carvers Society Wood Carving Show
May 26 & 27 (noon-5:00pm Saturday; 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday)
Admission is free
Curious about carving or a veteran crafter who loves hanging out with like-minded folk? Head to Hugh McRoberts Secondary School for Western Canada’s largest wood carving show. Now in its 29th year, you’ll find a huge array of styles and artistry on display, including a juried show covering categories ranging from Relief to Waterfowl and Birds. Admission is free – you’ll also receive a gratis raffle ticket – but monetary donations to the local food bank are appreciated. The Society is also staging a nearby dinner banquet and auction on May 26 – book ahead ($25) to reserve your spot.