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River District Events and Festivals

Crowds of People at Savour Summer Festival

The River District is a neighbourhood in South Vancouver where a variety of community events and mini-festivals take place at different times of the year.


In 2018 River District Vancouver hosts a series of free double-feature drive-in movies on the Saturdays of September 15, 22 & 29 and October 13, 20 & 27. See below for details or click River District Movie Nights.

River District Movie Nights in October 2018

Events at River District Vancouver

Community events and activities are always taking place at River District Vancouver. At various locations, especially at the community centre, there are workshops, yoga sessions, fitness classes, kids’ activities and other fun things to do throughout the year.

Larger events at the River District include the Golden Egg Hunt Easter event in the spring, Savour Summer Festivals in the summer, and outdoor Drive-in Movie Nights in the fall.

Movie Night at River District Vancouver
Drive-in Movie Night

River District Drive-in Movies

In the fall each year River District Vancouver hosts a series of outdoor Drive-in Movie Nights. In the past there was a charge for the event, but as of 2018 they are free!

2018 River District Movie Lineup

Free drive-in movies scheduled for 2018 include the following films on the following Saturdays:

  • September 15th, 2018Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic Park 1.
  • September 22nd, 2018Ant Man & The Wasp and Solo: A Star Wars Movie.
  • September 29th, 2018Incredibles II and Deadpool II.
  • October 13th, 2018Mama Mia: Here We Go Again! and Dirty Dancing.
  • October 20th, 2018 – movies to be determined.
  • October 27th, 2018 – movies to be determined.

For more information about these free fall events, click River District Drive-in Movies.

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Savour Summer Festivals

In the summer of 2018 River District Vancouver had four new community events that were free and open to the public – the Savour Summer Festivals.

The Savour Summer Festivals took place on the Saturdays of July 21, August 11, August 25 and September 8 in the River District’s Town Centre near the Starbucks at 8540 River District Crossing. Each event had a different theme and host sponsor.

One of the Savour Summer Festivals was a wine and cheese event and another had a definite kids-focus. The third was a community BBQ and the final one was a block party. The events were all very popular, and a good number of people turn out. See below for details.

Everything Wine at River District Vancouver
Everything Wine at River District Vancouver

2018 Savour Summer Festival Details

Below was the lineup for the four Savour Summer Festivals in 2018.

Saturday, July 21st

Hosted by Everything Wine, the event ran from 4:00 until 8:00 pm and included free wine and cheese as well as a concert by the Boom Booms (which is an awesome Alt-Soul band!).

The young Funk, R&B and Pop band Grooveport performed at 4:00 pm and the Boom Booms hit the stage at 7:00 o’clock. Wine 101 sessions took place at 4:30 and 6:30 pm and were on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the River District Events Calendar for more details.

Paw Patrol at Savour Summer Festival
Paw Patrol at the River District

Saturday, August 11th

Hosted by Starbucks and the TD Bank, the August 11th event ran from 4:00 until 8:00 pm and included a Kids’ Zone with free face painting, balloon animals and other child-friendly activities, plus Starbucks iced coffee samples for the adults! Live entertainment was with Paw Patrol, Shine Divine and the band Her Brothers.

Paw Patrol was scheduled to entertain at 4:30 pm, Shine Divine was on stage at 5:30 and Her Brothers performed at 7:00 pm.

See the River District Events Calendar for more details.

Arc Iberico at River District Vancouver
Arc Iberico at River District Vancouver

Saturday, August 25th

Hosted by Romer’s restaurant, the August 25th event ran from 4:00 until 8:00 pm and featured a Romer’s Burger Bar BBQ with free mini burgers (about 1500 of them in fact)! Craft beer and other food samples were also available, including deli meats and olives from Arc Iberico Imports.

The day’s live entertainment included a concert by Kutapira at 5:00 pm and Dr. Strangelove at 7 o’clock.

See the River District Events Calendar for more details.

Dr. Strangelove at Savour Summer Festival
Dr. Strangelove

Saturday, September 8th

Hosted by Westminster Savings, the free event on September 8th was a Block Party and ran from 2:00 until 8:00 pm (so for two hours longer than the other events). Activities included free kids face painting, popcorn, prizes and other family-friendly activities, plus live music and other entertainment.

Children’s entertainers Bobs & Lolo were scheduled to be on stage at 3:30 pm, Shine Divine was at 5 o’clock and the band Wooden Horsemen performed at 7:00.

See the River District Events Calendar for more details.

TIP: The first 200 attendees at each of the four events get a special Savour Summer hat as a gift! (Go to the River District Information Tent at the venue to claim your prize.) Delicious real fruit-juice popsicles are also given out for free.

Bobs and LoLo at River District Vancouver
Bobs & LoLo at River District Vancouver

Easter at the River District

Another great event we’ve enjoyed at the River District is the annual Golden Egg Hunt which takes place on Easter Sunday in the spring at the River District Community Centre.

The Easter event is free and open to the public. People can just show up! That being said, the actual Golden Egg Hunt itself takes place at set times, and, to participate, advanced registration is required. Spaces are limited, so if you want a golden egg be sure to sign up early!

The River District Neighbourhood Centre is located at 8683 Kerr Street. The Golden Egg Hunt takes place indoors, but the face painting and other Easter activities happen outside.

For more details about the River District’s annual Easter event, click Golden Egg Hunt.

Easter Bunny Toy at River District Pier

Other Information

For more information about the neighbourhood, click River District Vancouver.

For further details about other events at other times of the year, see the River District’s Event Calendar.

For a list of other events and things to do in Metro Vancouver, check out the following: