The 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival returns to the beautiful Steveston waterfront on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. This year the festival is bigger than ever in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. The festival will include a wooden boat festival within the site, roving characters, visual artists, puppets, storytellers and more. From performances on multiple stages to spontaneous encounters, the festival provides a unique and engaging summer experience.
“The Richmond Maritime Festival has become one of the highlights of the summer in our community,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s full of fun for the whole family with surprises around every corner. It is also an engaging celebration of the fishing and other maritime industries that helped build Richmond and BC. This year, we’re expanding the festival’s focus on the wooden boats that have played such a vital part in the history of Richmond and all of the BC West Coast.”
Festival goers of all ages will be entertained by a wide variety of maritime themed activities including log rolling demonstrations, ship viewing opportunities, live entertainment and more. There will also be a fleet of food trucks on site to satisfy any appetite. A variety of performers will be on stage throughout the weekend including an early Saturday evening performance by local favourite Good for Grapes.
This year the Richmond Maritime Festival’s poster was designed by Mathew McNair high school student Atheana Picha. Ms Picha is a talented local artist that festival organisers are proud to have on the team.
The Richmond Maritime Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 13. Admission is free. For more details, visit www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca.
The Richmond Maritime Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by the Port of Vancouver. The festival is made possible thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage. The main stage of the event is sponsored by Canadian Western Bank. The community sponsors are Fraser Surrey Docks and the Fraser River Industrial Association. Event partners are the Richmond Arts Coalition and Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society. Media partners are CTV, 103.5 QM-FM, Richmond News, Georgia Straight and 102.7 The PEAK
The festival is part of Richmond Canada 150, a year-long program of events and activities. For more information visit www.richmondcanada150.com.