With the year’s hottest temperatures likely behind us, and the sunlight taking on a slightly more autumnal glow, September is a favourite month for many locals and visitors. It’s also a great time to extend the summer season via an intriguing roster of Richmond happenings. Keep your umbrella handy just in case, and dive into everything from a new museum show to an against-the-clock art event to the city’s biggest annual multicultural festival.

Minoru Park: Richmond World Festival

August 31 (4:00pm - 10:00pm) and September 1 (11:00am - 10:00pm)
Admission is free

Dominating the Labour Day weekend, this hugely popular free-entry annual fest presents dozens of live music acts on its nine outdoor stages—including headliners Lights (Friday) and MAGIC! (Saturday). But that’s not all: there’s also an artisan market, live culinary stage, full menu of cultural performances and 50+ food trucks showcasing irresistible dishes from around the world (don’t miss the cream-filled Slavic Rolls). Arrive early on either day (or both) for a perfect family-friendly way to celebrate the long weekend and wave a fond farewell to summer.

Richmond World FestivalThe Richmond World Festival is on August 31 & September 1. | Photo: Richmond World Festival

Minoru Arenas: ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada 2018

September 12 - 15 (various times)
Admission: one day ticket $10; three-day pass $25;  ages 12 and under free

One of the vital qualifying competitions for the prestigious ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, this is a golden opportunity to catch the world’s best young skaters in action. The fourth of the seven international qualifiers for this year’s contest, top junior participants from countries including France, Russia and Japan—plus our very own Skate Canada NextGen team—will be Salchowing their hearts out to win spots at the upcoming final, being staged in Vancouver this December. Book your tickets here.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery: Pirate Weekend at the Cannery

September 15 & 16 (noon - 4:00pm)
Admission: adults $11.70; ages 17 and under free (when accompanied by an adult)

It’s time to shiver your timbers but hopefully not walk the plank at Steveston’s family-friendly annual celebration of all-things pirate. Dust off your eye patch and slip on your best parrot-friendly costume for this double afternoon of activities—complete with plenty of invitations to practice your finest pirate speaking voice (the globally celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day is this month after all). Expect to encounter lots of preening swashbucklers and hear a constant chorus of “arrs,” “avasts” and “yo ho hos” sounding from every corner of the building.

Pirate Weekend at the Cannery - Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery SocietyPirate Weekend at the Cannery is on September 15 & 16. | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society​

Steveston Village: Grand Prix of Art

September 22 (from 10:00am)

Richmond’s 8th annual Grand Prix of Art sees more than 100 artists of all ages and skills taking part in a unique creative competition in Steveston. Each participant is assigned a spot somewhere in the picturesque waterfront village—and they then have just three hours to prepare a painting of what they see. It’s an art-based race-against-the-clock as well as a fascinating spectacle for village visitors as they wander between the speedy painters and catch them in full flow. The resulting creations will be on display at the Britannia Shipyards from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on September 22 and from noon to 4:00pm on September 23.

Various Richmond locations: Culture Days

September 28 - 30 (9:00am - 9:00pm)

A richly eclectic three-day showcase of music, arts, and special events staged at sites throughout the city, Culture Days is one of Canada’s most highly anticipated annual events. Plan ahead and choose from appearances and performances by dozens of artists, creators, historians, creative businesses, and designers living and working around the area. Click here to peruse the multitudinous cost-free activities happening in Richmond, ranging from bus tours to weaving demonstrations and from calligraphy demonstrations to behind-the-scenes museum presentations.

Britannia ShipyardsEnjoy free Culture Days activities at Britannia Shipyards from September 28 - 30. | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Richmond Museum: Obsessions: Every Collector Has a Story

September 28, 2018 to September 2, 2019
Admission by donation

The latest show at Richmond’s city centre museum space (still a hidden gem to many), this fascinating exhibition brings to life the amazing private collections of several enthusiastic locals. Exploring themes such as why people collect and what we can learn from the treasured objects some of us obsessively accumulate, the exhibition will display selections from an array of cool collections—including typewriters, duck decoys, model airplanes, painted eggs and more. The goal? To articulate some unexpected Richmond stories through curious, exotic, and often beautiful arrays of collected objects.

Richmond Nature Park: Fossil Show

September 30 (11:00am - 4:00pm)
Admission by donation

Fossil fans of all ages will be hopping aboard their T-Rexs (or maybe just taking the bus) and flocking here for this event. Organised by the Vancouver Paleontological Society, activities include fossil rubbings and the chance to make your own fossil casts, while friendly experts will be on hand to show and tell everything you need to know about these ancient fossils and their world. Can’t make the date? The Richmond Gem and Mineral Society will also be presenting their sparkling rocks here on September 23, with their very own by-donation show.