For many people, September is the perfect month in Richmond: there’s an autumnal glow to the sky at this time of year plus a full menu of enticing activities to keep you busy. From foodie celebrations and a new museum show to harvest-themed happenings and a cultural open house weekend, there are plenty of reasons to hop off the couch over the coming weeks. Check out a few of the top city happenings below—and don't forget to share your experiences on social media using our #RichmondMoments hashtag.
View the full calendar of events here.
- Richmond Night Market | Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holiday Mondays
- Richmond Sunflower Festival | Daily until September 15
- Feast of Fields | September 8
- Harvest Full Moon Celebration | September 14
- Steveston Heritage Experience | September 14
- Harvest Moon Walk | September 14
- Grand Prix of Art | September 21
- City at Work at the Richmond Museum | Daily starting September 26
- Culture Days | September 27 - 29
- Penn & Teller at the River Rock Casino Resort | September 27
- River’s End Fisher Poets at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery | September 28
May 10 - October 14 (7:00pm - midnight Friday - Sunday; 7:00pm - 11:00pm on holiday Mondays; 7:00pm - 11:00pm on Sundays after September 2)
General admission $4.75; kids under 8 and seniors 60+ FREE
Just a short walk from the Canada Line’s Bridgeport Station, the Richmond Night Market features vendor stands selling everything from anime action figures to colourful socks, but the big draw is the rows of steam-shrouded food stalls. Every year, vendors work hard to introduce new foods that taste great and look good on camera—and this year is no exception. From rainbow grilled cheese and Korean braised chicken to Afghan mantu and Thai tea panna cotta, the Richmond Night Market is a foodie paradise.
Fried chicken and waffle sandwich from Krazy 8s at the Richmond Night Market. | Photo: John Lee
RICHMOND SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL
*Daily until September 15 (ticket time slots from 10:00am - 6:00pm daily)
Admission is $8 + tax on weekdays; $15 + tax on weekends; children under 3 free
Bring your camera to the Richmond Country Farms site and you’ll encounter eight acres of pretty petals, including more than 20 different varieties of sunflowers and dahlias. Alongside the Insta-worthy visuals at the Sunflower Festival, this family-friendly happening also includes ice cream vendors and weekend food trucks. There will also be tractor rides, a miniature train to ride, and fresh-cut flower stand. Purchase tickets here.
*Please note that the Richmond Sunflower Festival ended as of September 11, 2019 (due to the sunflowers ending early).
September 8 (1:00pm - 5:00pm)
Adult tickets from $99
Rabbit River Farms is your host for the latest edition of BC’s favourite local culinary celebration—complete with 50 tented food and drinks stands in a beautiful setting. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, this delicious FarmFolk City Folk fundraiser will serve-up a wandering buffet of farm-to-table treats and curated beverages, including drinks from Richmond’s Monkey 9 Brewing and Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. Live music and produce stands add to the festival vibe. Book your tickets for Feast of Fields ASAP here.
Feast of Fields comes to Richmond on September 8, 2019. | Photo: FarmFolk City Folk
Harvest Full Moon Celebration
September 14 (5:30pm - 8:30pm)
It’s that time of year when the harvest is celebrated across Asia. But you don't have to hop on a long-haul flight to partake of moon cakes and colourful costumed dances. Instead, head to Minoru Park for this family-friendly evening of live music, lion dances, community workshops and more—tea and moon cakes included (by donation). You can even make your own lantern and join the Harvest Full Moon procession at this fifth-annual city happening.
September 14 (2:00pm - 5:00pm)
$65 per person (discounts for sets of two or four tickets)
There are only two chances left to step back in time to yesteryear Steveston Village—and enjoy some mouthwatering treats along the way. This unique history-themed guided tour weaves you around four of Steveston’s most celebrated heritage sites, regaling you with a net-full of tales en route. At each stop, you’ll also savour delicious goodies, from local craft beer to creamy Pajo’s clam chowder. The tour also runs on October 5; book ahead here.
The Steveston Heritage Experience includes stops at four historic sites. | Photo: John Lee
Harvest Moon Walk
September 14 (7:30pm - 9:30pm)
Adults $8.50, seniors $6.50
You probably don't need a new reason to visit Richmond’s shoreline green space gem: Iona Beach Regional Park is a fantastic destination at any of time of year. But if you fancy seeing the park in a completely different light, plan ahead for this magical moonlit walk. Tune out the busy pace of modern-day life and reconnect with nature as you drink in the starry skies, breathe some crisp autumnal air, and keep your eyes and ears alert for the park’s nighttime critters. Click here to register for this event (registration is required).
September 21 (from 10:00am); artwork will be on display September 21 & 22
Richmond’s ninth annual Grand Prix of Art will see more than 100 artists of all ages and skills participating in a unique creative competition in Steveston Village. Each is assigned an individual easel spot before being given just three hours to paint whatever they see. This artsy race-against-the-clock is also a fascinating ‘spectator sport’ for visitors: you can wander between the painters and watch them in full flow. The resulting artworks will be displayed at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on September 21 and from 10:00am to 4:00pm on September 22.
The Grand Prix of Art is in Steveston on September 21, 2019. | Photo: www.artisanphotography.ca
City At Work at the Richmond Museum
September 26, 2019 - September 6, 2020
Following a fascinating Obsessions exhibition that featured a variety of personal collections, the Richmond Museum’s next show starts this month. A unique exploration of the often-invisible inner workings of the City of Richmond’s multifaceted operations, this illuminating new exhibition answers a range of questions you’ve never thought to ask: Where does our local water come from? What happens to our recycled items after they’re collected? And are the timings of traffic light changes altered during rush hour? Curious? Don't miss this one-of-a-kind museum show.
September 27 - 29
A richly eclectic three-day showcase of music, arts, and special events staged at a wide array of sites throughout the city, this culture extravaganza is celebrated across Canada and is one of Richmond’s most highly anticipated annual events. Enjoy appearances, workshops, and performances by dozens of artists, creators, historians, and community groups living and working here. Need a plan of action? Visit this dedicated page to peruse this year’s options—you’ll find everything from folk dancing to museum tours to comedy improv shows.
The Steveston Tram is participating in Culture Days. | Photo: John Lee
Penn & Teller at the River Rock Casino Resort
September 27 (8:00pm)
Tickets from $119.50
This is your one-night-only chance to catch this legendary US act on stage in Metro Vancouver. Prepare to be thoroughly wowed as you watch the masterful—and highly entertaining—performers work their eye-popping magic on unsuspecting audiences. Expect a rolling cavalcade of unique illusions that’ll have you scratching your head and spending the entire journey home trying to figure out exactly how they did it. Direct from their ongoing Las Vegas run, book your tickets for this River Rock Show Theatre event here.
River’s End Fisher Poets at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
September 28 (2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Back for its third annual appearance at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, don't miss this delightful stage performance. Inspired by Oregon’s acclaimed FisherPoets Gatherings, this Richmond-flavoured version takes place in the site’s evocative Boiler House Theatre. Expect to be regaled with a wave of salty marine-themed stanzas, written and recited by poet Wilfred Wilson and his creative band of current and retired commercial fishers. Expect the waterways of BC to come alive before your eyes (and ears).
The region's storied waterways are brought to life through poetry. | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society