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New Westminster’s Riverfest

Riverfest in New Westminster

Riverfest is a festival that celebrates World Rivers Day in September with art, historical and environmental exhibits along the Quay in New Westminster.

In 2020 Riverfest took place on the weekend of September 26th and 27th. In 2021 it involved a series of online and in-person events between September 21st and 28th. 2022 details are to be confirmed. This year’s event, however, will likely involve in-person activities for at least a couple of days in late September.


For the most up-to-date details about Riverfest, see the Fraser River Discovery Centre‘s website.


Riverfest in New Westminster

Riverfest is organized and hosted by the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

It is normally a four-day event with the main festival taking place on the last day. However, in 2020, Riverfest was a two-day event that happened on Saturday, September 26th, and Sunday, September 27th.

The 2021 edition was a full week long, from September 21st to 28th. There was a mix of in-person and online activities over the course of the festival.

2022 festival dates and details are to be confirmed.


Riverfest Activities

Riverfest is a family-friendly festival with live music, market stalls and educational things to do and see. There is an Artist and Artisan Market, historical exhibits, and educational booths with information on the environment and conservation.

During Riverfest the Fraser River Discovery Centre has special educational exhibits and activities, many of which are great for little people.

On September 25th and 26th in 2021 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the centre hosted the Family Fun Zone. This included the opportunity for kids to do gold panning, tie knots and learn a lot about the environment in general.

One of the main presentations last year was entitled Birds of the Fraser River. Led by Dr. Rob Butler, this educational lecture was on September 28th and it was free. The event was a great opportunity to learn about the different species of birds that live in the area.

During Riverfest there are also typically 30 or so vendors outside lining the boardwalk and selling handmade jewellery, paintings and a variety of other artisan products.


Main Stage Entertainment

At Riverfest there is an outdoor stage for live entertainment. Performers in 2021 included singers GinaLina and the Beauty Shop Dolls, the drum group Katari Taiko and the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade. The main performances took place on the Saturday on an outdoor stage.

Community organizations also set up informational booths along the boardwalk at Riverfest. Typical attendees include Port Metro Vancouver, BC Hydro, Fortis Gas, Metro Vancouver and the Vancouver Aquarium.


Riverfest Live Entertainment
Riverfest Entertainment at Westminster Quay


Other Information

For further details about the event see the Fraser River Discovery Centre website.

For more information about the surrounding area, click New Westminster.

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