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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.

This article contains information about the following River District events:

Easter | Savour Summer Festival | Drive-in MoviesChinese New Year

Click on any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about River District Vancouver’s various events.

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 Chinese New Year celebrations in late winter, a Golden Egg Hunt Easter event in the spring, Savour Summer Festival events in the summer, and outdoor Drive-in Movie Nights in the fall.

River District at Easter

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 both the River District Neighbourhood Centre and in the Town 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 and the Town Centre is at 8540 River District Crossing.

The Golden Egg Hunt takes place indoors at the Neighbourhood Centre, but the face painting and other Easter activities happen outside. In the Town Centre there is also a bouncy castle, a face painting station, balloon animal makers, crafts, caricature artists, free hot drinks and other activities.

River District Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunting at the Neighbourhood Centre

Savour Summer Festival

In the summer of 2019 River District Vancouver has three community events that are free and open to the public – the Savour Summer Festivals.

This year the Savour Summer Festivals take place on the Saturdays of July 13, August 10 and September 7 in the River District’s Town Centre near the Starbucks at 8540 River District Crossing. Each event had a different theme and host sponsor.

Last year there were four events. One of the Savour Summer Festivals in 2018 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 about the 2018 events.

Bobs and LoLo at River District Vancouver
Bobs & LoLo at Savour Summer Festival

2018 Savour Summer Festival Details

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

2019 details will be similar. Check back later for updates.

Saturday, July 21st (2018)

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.

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

Saturday, August 11th (2018)

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.

Saturday, August 25th (2018)

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.

Dr. Strangelove at Savour Summer Festival
Dr. Strangelove

Saturday, September 8th (2018)

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.

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 in 2018 they were free!

2018 River District Movie Lineup

Free drive-in movies scheduled for 2018 were the following:

  • 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, 2018Hotel Transylvania 3 and The Strangers.
  • October 27th, 2018Frankenweenie and IT.

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

Movie Night at River District Vancouver
Drive-in Movie Night

Chinese New Year at the River District

River District Vancouver hosts special Chinese New Year activities each year. In 2019 they took place on Saturday February 2nd.

In the morning there is a traditional lion dance in the Town Centre (at the corner of Sawmill Crescent and River District Crossing). After the lion finishes visiting (and blessing) the various area merchants, Westminster Savings usually hands out free food, tea, coffee and lucky red envelopes.

In 2019 a second lion dance also took place in the afternoon at the River District Neighbourhood Centre at 8683 Kerr Street. At that venue there were also Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, children’s craft activities and more complimentary refreshments (while quantities lasted).

In 2019 up to 200 or so people attended the first event. Slightly fewer people attended the indoor event at the community centre, but still a good number. In both cases the lion dancing lasted for about 20 minutes or so and was provided by youth from the Vancouver Chinese Lion Dance Association (who are great!). The event in 2020 will likely be similar.

For more details see the River District’s Event Calendar a few weeks before Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year at the River District
Chinese New Year at the Neighbourhood Centre

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: