Fall’s cooler temperatures are unfurling across the region, but that doesn’t mean you have to hunker down at home. From a mushroom show and a women-only shopping night out to theatre performances and a dining festival, there are plenty of reasons to explore the city this month. Christmas is also just around the corner, so there are also several great ways to start celebrating the holidays. Keep your camera handy, and feel free to share your images with us on social media using our #RichmondMoments hashtag or by tagging @VisitRichmondBC on Instagram and Twitter.

Feast Asian Dining Festival

On daily until November 18
Prices vary

This citywide celebration of Asian cuisine serves up special menus at dozens of local restaurants—with everything from ramen and hot pot to seafood and curries on offer. Taking a family-style, group-dining approach, festivalgoers can explore easy-to-order menus at accessible prices, ranging from two-person options to 10-person extravaganzas. Among this year’s 34 participating eateries, you’ll find culinary styles from Cantonese to Filipino and from Indian to Japanese and more. Check out the festival’s restaurants and their menus here.

Feast Asian Dining Festival
Hotpot Palace is participating in Feast. | Photo: Hotpot Palace

Mushroom Show at the Richmond Nature Park

November 3 (11:00am to 3:00pm)
Admission by donation

Curious about all those spotted red mushrooms and brown fungi that seem to pop up almost overnight at this time of year? Now’s your big chance to learn about the fascinating world of this alien-like, ecologically essential life form. At the all-ages Mushroom Show—staged by the Vancouver Mycological Society—you’re encouraged to bring along mystery mushrooms from your own garden that you’d like to have identified. And if you’ve ever wondered what chicken of the woods is, ask the experts for the full story.

Richmond Nature Park
Discover mushrooms at the Richmond Nature Park. | Photo: Crystal Solberg

Salmon Science Expo at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery

November 9 (noon to 4:00pm)
Admission is free

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is the perfect place to learn a thing or two about one of BC’s most important fish. Bring the kids along for this family-friendly afternoon of educational salmon fun and join them to explore interactive displays, chat with scientists, peruse some cool specimens, and conduct your own experiments. Entry to the Cannery is free during this event, so give yourself plenty of time to check out the site’s additional exhibits while you’re here—including these five highlights.

Remembrance Day Ceremony at City Hall

November 11 (from 10:20am)

Richmond’s Remembrance Day Ceremony starts at 10:20am with a parade of Canadian veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Legion, and Army, Navy, and Air Force Veterans making its way towards the cenotaph. The ceremony at the cenotaph (on the east side of Richmond City Hall) begins at 10:40am. A two-minute silence is observed at 11:00am, followed by the laying of multiple wreaths.

Jann Arden at the River Rock Show Theatre

November 14 & 15 (8:00pm)
Tickets from $89.50 + fees

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden brings her unique musical stylings to a two-night residency at Richmond’s River Rock Casino Resort. Expect a richly entertaining evening of emotionally powerful tunes alongside Arden’s famously warm and witty delivery. Winner of eight Juno Awards and star of the hit TV comedy Jann, this will be a night to remember. Looking for an early Christmas present for someone special? Buy your tickets (and perhaps add an overnight hotel stay) here.

Double Axe Murders at the Gateway Theatre

November 14 - 23
Tickets from $29

In this haunting first production of the season in the Gateway Theatre’s intimate Studio B theatre, playwright Berni Stapleton takes audiences to a remote cabin on a frozen night in storm-lashed Newfoundland. With a wintry tempest swirling outside, how will Payne, Pelly, and Sarah make it through the howling, wind-whipped night? Based on real events, this evocative psychological thriller is drenched in East Coast folklore. Want to know more about the production? Stay for a Talkback with the cast and creative team of the Double Axe Murders after the November 21 performance.

The Double Axe Murders
The Double Axe Murders runs November 14 - 23. | Photo: ​Kayla Isomura

Richmond Pottery Club Christmas Sale

November 15 to 17 (1:00pm to 9:00pm Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm Saturday, 10:00am to 3:00pm Sunday)
Admission is free

The perfect way to start your 2019 Christmas shopping, scoop up unique, locally handcrafted items for every person on your present list at the annual Richmond Pottery Club Christmas Sale. From vases and noodle bowls to goblets and one-of-a-kind figurines, there will be plenty of great items available for purchase. And if you’re looking for gifts beyond pottery, the Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild will be onsite as well.

A Victorian Christmas at London Heritage Farm

Saturdays & Sundays from November 16 to December 15 (noon to 5:00pm)
Admission by donation

Richmond’s historic farmstead takes you back to the era that fashioned many of our festive traditions, from Christmas cards to decorated indoor trees. The site’s wooden heritage home, built in 1898, will be decorated for the season, giving visitors plenty of opportunity to imagine what the Yuletide period was like for local pioneer families. Tour the gardens, explore the house, and enjoy some cider.
There will also be opportunities to make classic decorations ranging from wreaths to popcorn garlands—prices vary, and some require you to sign up to reserve your spot. Get the details on the decorations here.

London Heritage Farm - Photo: John Lee
London Heritage Farm will be decorated for the holidays. | Photo: John Lee

Girls’ Night Out in Steveston Village

November 21 (5:00pm to 9:00pm)
Free (apart from the shopping!)

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a pain—especially if you gather a group of like-minded girlfriends together and hit the charming streets of Steveston Village for this party-like evening out. Participating stores (including A Monkey Tree) will be open late, and many offer dedicated deals and discounts for the event. We suggest kicking-off Girls' Night Out with an early dinner and some festive cocktails at one of Steveston great restaurants before exploring the village’s enticing array of independent shops for some great gift ideas.

A Monkey Tree
A Monkey Tree will be participating in Girls' Night Out. | Photo: A Monkey Tree

Christmas Craft Fair at the Steveston Community Centre

November 23 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
Admission by cash donation or a food bank item donation

Struggling with your Christmas gift shopping? Head to this hugely popular Yuletide craft market. With more than 160 vendors, you’ll find a cornucopia of handmade creations, unique jewelry, foodie treats, and much more.
This event is part of Winter in the Village, a multi-week roster of holiday happenings in Steveston, ranging from the indoor Festival of Trees to the charming Songs in the Snow Concert Series. Mark you calendar now!