Dressed in red, waving little flags, and often sporting temporary maple leaf tattoos, people of all ages roll into Steveston for a full day of fun and festivities.
What’s the Steveston Salmon Festival?
The Steveston Salmon Festival is a unique Canada Day party that also celebrates Richmond’s roots. The highlight is a huge salmon barbecue. The day-long roster of activities and entertainment includes live music, free entry to several historic sites, and a sparkling fireworks display.
When and Where to Celebrate
Canada Day celebrations take place throughout Canada on July 1, a public holiday. Richmond’s activity-packed day starts in Steveston Village in the early morning and runs into the evening. Most of the day’s activities are free! Learn more in our Insider’s Guide to Canada Day in Richmond.
What to Expect
Festivities start with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade (look for Sammy the Salmon, a favourite local mascot). The day holds multiple stages showcasing live music, cultural performances, vintage car displays, craft and horticulture demonstrations, and much more.
If you miss the Salmon Barbecue (it starts around 10:00am), plenty of food trucks and many of Steveston’s restaurants remain open. In the evening, headline musical acts take to the largest stage before—at around 10:15pm—Steveston’s grand fireworks finale.
How to Get There
Parking in Steveston is at a premium on Canada Day, so we recommend public transit, free shuttle buses, or by bike (free bike valet services are provided).