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 Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. 2021 dates and details are to be confirmed.
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.
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.
At Riverfest there are also opportunities for children to build their own model wooden boats, do gold panning and watch aerial demonstrations and other tricks by participants from the Vancouver Circus School.
During Riverfest the Fraser River Discovery Centre has special educational exhibits and activities, many of which are great for little people. There are also typically 30 or so vendors outside lining the boardwalk and selling handmade jewellery, paintings and a variety of other artisan products.
At Riverfest there is also an outdoor stage for live entertainment. Performers in 2019 included Bobs and Lolo who are a favourite with local children. They also featured Artisans on the River, with the New West Craft, and the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade. There were puppet shows in the Fraser River Discovery Centre last year as well.
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.
For further details about the event see the Fraser River Discovery Centre website.
For more information about the surrounding area, click New Westminster.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s September Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver for Children
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places