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Richmond Maritime Festival

Richmond Maritime Festival

The Richmond Maritime Festival is a free event that takes place in and around the Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston Village in the summer.

In 2022 the happens on August 20th and 21st.

For the event’s official website visit richmondmaritimefestival.ca.

 


This article includes the following topics:

Where & When | Festival Activities | Battle of the Tall Ships | Saturday Entertainment | Sunday Entertainment | About the Area | Tips & Advice | Other Information

Click on any of the above links to jump to a specific subject, or continue reading to learn all about the Richmond Maritime Festival.


 

Richmond Maritime Festival

 

Maritime Festival in Steveston

A couple of years ago the Richmond Maritime Festival took place on the Saturday and Sunday of July 27-28. There was also a special Battle of the Tall Ships on Friday, July 26, and Sunday, July 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm off the shores of nearby Garry Point Park.

Due to COVID-19 the festival was unable to take place in its normal format in 2020. Instead, the 2020 Maritime Festival was run as an online event. A “Reimagined” version of the festival happened on August 21st and 22nd in 2021.

The 2022 Richmond Maritime Festival takes place on the weekend of August 20th and 21st. It’s a medium-sized festival that includes live entertainment, artisans and boat-related activities.

 

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Las Vegas-based Circo Osorio visits Richmond with its circus performances at Lansdowne Centre on October 6th to 10th in 2022. It’ll also be in Abbotsford, Surrey, Tsawwassen and Coquitlam on various dates between September 8th and October 17th. Mark your calendars and tell your friends!


 

Where and When

In 2022 the Richmond Maritime Festival takes place on August 20th and 21st from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm both days.

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site is located at 5180 Westwater Drive in Steveston Village in the southwest corner of Richmond. It’s about 1.5 km from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, or just a 5-minute drive from Steveston’s other National Historic Site.

 

Richmond Maritime Festival

 

Maritime Festival Activities

The Richmond Maritime Festival is a free, family-friendly event that includes educational and interactive activities, as well as historical exhibits and live entertainment. There are street performers, local artists, boats to explore, craft activities, food vendors and other forms of entertainment.

New for 2022 are the themed areas of the festival. For example, the Octopus Garden is a great area for kids and Captain’s Quarters features hands-on workshops.

 


For full details about the event visit the Richmond Maritime Festival‘s official website.


 

Battle of the Tall Ships

In 2019, you could experience the thrill and excitement of a real tall ship battle either from onboard ship or from the shorelines of Garry Point Park on Friday, July 26 or Sunday July 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Tickets were $80 to watch from onboard one of the two battling ships, while it was free to enjoy from the beach.  Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy a meal from any one of the more than 25 food trucks.  Also be entertained by roving acts when there was a break in the excitement of the battle.

A warning for those with sensitive ears – bring your earplugs!  Cannons can be very loud.

As of the middle of August, it doesn’t appear that this event is happening in 2022.

 

MONOVA's Shipyard Pals

 


FREE WALKING TOURS ON THE NORTH SHORE

If you like history and maritime-themed activities, then be sure to check out the Shipyard Pals walking tours in North Vancouver. They take place at the Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay on Thursdays and Sundays, but only until the beginning of September. They are excellent tours, highly recommended and free to join!


 

2022 Music and Entertainment Lineup

In 2022 there are multiple areas with live entertainment, including at Seine Net Loft, Britannia Shipyard and more. The full entertainment schedule for the weekend is listed below. Also expect to see various roving performers throughout each day.

Note: scheduled performers and times are subject to change.

 


Saturday, August 20, 2022


 

Octopus’ Garden

  • 11:45 amMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 12:00 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 12:30 pmLola Claire (Storyteller)
  • 1:00 pmMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 1:15 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 1:45 pmAllie McDonald (Musician)
  • 2:30 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 3:00 pmSara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)
  • 3:30 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 4:00 pmEric Regimbald (Storyteller)
  • 4:45 pmMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 5:00 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)

 

Seine Net Loft

  • 11:00 amRichmond Delta Youth Orchestra
  • 11:30 amJennie Bissell (Storyteller), Pat Chessell (Musician)
  • 12:15 pmRichmond Delta Youth Orchestra
  • 1:00 pmJennie Bissell (Storyteller), Pat Chessell (Musician)
  • 1:45 pmRichmond Delta Youth Orchestra, Trevor Cook (Musician)
  • 2:30 pmJennie Bissell (Storyteller), Pat Chessell (Musician)
  • 3:15 pmMystic Avalon (Musicians)
  • 3:30 pmTrevor Cook (Musician)
  • 4:15 pmMystic Avalon (Musicians), Sara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)
  • 5:15 pmMystic Avalon (Musicians), Sara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)

 

Chinese Bunkhouse

  • 11:30 amLola Claire (Storyteller)
  • 12:00 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)
  • 1:00 pmEric Regimbald (Storyteller)
  • 1:30 pmLola Claire (Storyteller)
  • 1:45 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)
  • 2:30 pmEric Regimbald (Storyteller)
  • 3:15 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)
  • 4:00 pmJennie Bissell (Storyteller)
  • 4:30 pmDanielle Girard (Storyteller)

 

Britannia Shipyard

  • 12:30 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet), Dan Propp (Musician)
  • 1:15 pmThe Seabillys (Band)
  • 1:45 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet)
  • 2:00 pmSara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician), Dan Propp (Musician)
  • 2:45 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet), The Seabillys (Band)
  • 3:15 pmMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 3:30 pmDan Propp (Musician)
  • 3:45 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet)
  • 5:00 pmTrevor Cook (Musician)

 

Port of Call Stage

  • 11:00 amCoastal Wolf Pack Dance Group
  • 11:30 amThe Naden Band
  • 12:00 pmMayor Malcolm Brodie
  • 12:30 pmGo Taiko (Drummers)
  • 1:00 pmThe Naden Band (Musicians)
  • 1:45 pmThe Irish Wakers (Band)
  • 2:45 pmThe Naden Band
  • 3:15 pmThe Irish Wakers (Band)
  • 4:15 pmThe Seabillys (Band)
  • 5:15 pmThe Irish Wakers (Band)

 


Sunday, August 21, 2022


 

Octopus’ Garden

  • 11:15 amMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 11:30 amLola Claire (Storyteller)
  • 12:00 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 12:30 pmBlackthorn Blossoms (Band)
  • 1:15 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 1:45 pmBlackthorn Blossoms (Band)
  • 2:30 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 3:00 pmSara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)
  • 3:30 pmRiki the Rat (Puppet)
  • 4:00 pmEric Regimbald (Storyteller)
  • 4:45 pmMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 5:00 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)

 

Seine Net Loft

  • 11:00 amRichmond Delta Youth Orchestra
  • 11:30 amJennie Bissell (Storyteller), Pat Chessell (Musician)
  • 12:15 pmRichmond Delta Youth Orchestra
  • 12:30 pmLola Claire (Storyteller)
  • 1:00 pmJennie Bissell (Storyteller), Pat Chessell (Musician)
  • 1:45 pmRichmond Delta Youth Orchestra, Trevor Cook (Musician)
  • 2:30 pmJennie Bissell (Storyteller), Pat Chessell (Musician)
  • 3:15 pmMystic Avalon (Musicians)
  • 3:30 pmTrevor Cook (Musician)
  • 4:15 pmMystic Avalon (Musicians), Sara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)
  • 4:45 pmJill Raymond (Musician)
  • 5:15 pmMystic Avalon (Musicians), Sara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)

 

Chinese Bunkhouse

  • 12:00 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)
  • 1:00 pmEric Regimbald (Storyteller)
  • 1:45 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)
  • 2:30 pmEric Regimbald (Storyteller)
  • 3:15 pmNick Longstaff (Storyteller)
  • 4:00 pmJennie Bissell (Storyteller)

 

Britannia Shipyard

  • 11:15 amBlackthorn Blossoms (Band)
  • 12:00 pmThe Naden Band
  • 12:15 pmMimi the Mouse (Puppet)
  • 12:30 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet), Dan Propp (Musician)
  • 1:15 pmThe Seabillys (Band)
  • 1:45 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet)
  • 2:00 pmThe Naden BandDan Propp (Musician)
  • 2:45 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet), The Seabillys (Band)
  • 3:30 pmMimi the Mouse (Puppet), Dan Propp (Musician)
  • 3:45 pmLula the Mermaid (Puppet)
  • 4:15 pmThe Seabillys (Band)
  • 5:00 pmTrevor Cook (Musician)

 

Port of Call Stage

  • 11:00 amMusqueam Elder Thelma Stogan
  • 12:00 pmThe Irish Wakers (Band)
  • 1:15 pmThe Irish Wakers (Band)
  • 2:00 pmSara Mayfield (Storyteller/Musician)
  • 2:45 pmThe Irish Wakers (Band)
  • 4:00 pmNorine Braun (Musician)
  • 4:45 pmDanielle Girard (Storyteller)
  • 5:00 pmMichèle Christen (Stiltwalker)
  • 5:15 pmNorine Braun (Musician)

 

Historic Shipyard Buildings at Steveston Village
Britannia Heritage Shipyard

 

About the Area

Steveston Village and the area around the Britannia Heritage Shipyards are worth visiting any time of the year.

Steveston Village is full of history, walking and cycling trails along the water, and two National Historic Sites to explore. Britannia Heritage Shipyard is in a neighbourhood along the water with historic buildings, some of which you can go into and explore.

 

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Tips and Advice

Below are some tips and advice to help you make the most out of your visit to the Richmond Maritime Festival and surrounding area.

TIP #1: Take your walking shoes or bicycles and explore the trails while you’re in the area. Parking close to Britannia Heritage Shipyard will likely be challenging during the festival, which means parking elsewhere and walking or cycling the rest of the way can be a good idea.

TIP #2: While in Richmond, combine your trip to the Richmond Maritime Festival with visits to other weekend activities, including the giant Richmond Night Market on either evening, or the Steveston Village Farmers’ Market on the Sunday.

 

Other Information

For more details about the event check out the Richmond Maritime Festival‘s website.

To learn more about the historic fishing village and other things to do in the area, click Steveston Village.

For further information about the festival venue, see Britannia Heritage Shipyard.

For a list of other events in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s July Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.