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:
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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.
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.
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.
Savour Summer Festival Events in 2019
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 has a different theme and host sponsor.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
The July 13th event in 2019 features the following performers:
- 2:00 pm – Cory Owens: a local guitarist and singer
- 2:45 pm – Shine Davine: an acrobat and juggler
- 3:45 pm – Yeeri The Magician: a children’s entertainer, magician and puppeteer
- 5:15 pm – The Oot n’ Oots: a group of child-friendly musicians
At the July 13th event there is also a bouncy castle as well as face painting, craft opportunities and balloon animals for kids. There is also an opportunity to dunk various superheroes into a dunk tank (by donation with proceeds benefiting a local charity)
Saturday, August 10, 2019
The August 10th event features the following live entertainment lineup:
- 2:00 pm – Kutapira: a popular Vancouver band that plays Reggae, Funk, Hip-Hop and various Afro-Cuban tunes.
- 3:00 pm – Cory Owens: a local guitarist and singer.
- 3:30 pm – Shine Divine: a circus-style performer who does juggling and acrobatics.
- 5:15 pm – The Boom Booms: a great Vancouver-based Alt-Indie Band.
Activities at the event on August 10th also include mini-golf and bean bag toss games, a super hero dunk tank, food trucks and a cupcake station.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
The September 7th event includes live music with The Katherines (which is a local Indie trio), plus a magic show, balloon animals, face painting and free cupcakes.
Previous Savour Summer Festival Events
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 last year were all very popular. At one of them there was a huge turnout with hundreds of young families and their children. The others were smaller events, but still lots of fun.
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 last year were the following:
- September 15th, 2018 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic Park 1.
- September 22nd, 2018 – Ant Man & The Wasp and Solo: A Star Wars Movie.
- September 29th, 2018 – Incredibles II and Deadpool II.
- October 13th, 2018 – Mama Mia: Here We Go Again! and Dirty Dancing.
- October 20th, 2018 – Hotel Transylvania 3 and The Strangers.
- October 27th, 2018 – Frankenweenie and IT.
For more information about these free fall events, click River District Drive-in Movies.
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 usually 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.
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:
- Vancouver’s July Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s August Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s September Events Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events (for a list of major events throughout the year)
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver for Children
- Vancouver Summer Activities