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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 July or August.

Maritime Festival in Steveston

Last year the Richmond Maritime Festival took place in mid-August. In 2018 in takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of July 28-29.

It’s a medium-sized festival that includes live entertainment, artisans and boat-related activities.


This article includes the following topics:

Where & When | Festival Activities | Festival Boats | 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.


Where and When

In 2018 the Richmond Maritime Festival takes place on July 28th and 29th from 10 am until 6 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 an artisan market and live entertainment. There are street performers, local artists, boats to explore, craft activities, live music, food vendors and other forms of entertainment.

2018 Festival Boats

Every year at the Richmond Maritime Festival there are historic boats on display. In 2018, vessels that you can go on board and explore included the following (among others):

  • SS Master: a 1922 Canadian boat based in Steveston Village.
  • Ella McKenzie: a 1951 Vancouver-based tugboat that was originally built in North Vancouver.
  • Providence: a Gaff Ketch sailing boat built in 1903 and based in Steveston.
  • Hesquiat: a 1944 Steveston-based fishing vessel.
  • River Queen: a 65-person fiberglass lifeboat based in Steveston Village and built in 1965.
  • Delta Lifeboat: a 52-foot lifeboat that’s based in Delta and built in Pearl Harbour in 1944.
  • Thane: a Victoria-based and built sailboat that was made from locally-sourced lumber and scrap metal in the 1970s.
The Boom Booms Band
The Boom Booms

2018 Music and Entertainment Lineup

There are two three areas for entertainment at the Richmond Maritime Festival – the Main Stage, the Octopus Stage and the Puppet Stage.

Live entertainment at the various venues in 2018 is listed below.

Note: scheduled performers and times are subject to change.


Saturday, July 28, 2018


 


On the Main Stage


  • 10:00 amThe Wild Moccasin Dancers
  • 11:15 amThe Seabillys
  • 12:45 pmThe Beauty Shop Dolls
  • 2:10 pmThe Boom Booms
  • 4:00 pmThe Eire Born Irish Dancers
  • 5:00 pmWooden Horsemen

On the Octopus Stage


  • 10:00 amDan Propp
  • 11:20 amBen Dunnill
  • 12:15 pmJessica McMann
  • 1:00 pmDan Propp
  • 1:50 pmShawn Bullshields
  • 2:45 pmRogue Crows
  • 3:45 pmBeauty Shop Dolls
  • 4:45 pmRed Dread

On the Puppet Stage


  • 10:00 amRikki the Rat
  • 10:30 amMimi the Mouse
  • 11:00 amLulu the Mermaid
  • 11:30 amRikki the Rat
  • 12:00 pmMimi the Mouse
  • 12:30 pmLulu the Mermaid
  • 1:00 pmRikki the Rat
  • 1:30 pmTabby the Cat
  • 2:00 pmLulu the Mermaid
  • 2:30 pmRikki the Rat
  • 3:00 pmTabby the Cat
  • 3:30 pmLulu the Mermaid
  • 4:00 pmRikki the Rat
  • 4:30 pmTabby the Cat
  • 5:00 pmRikki the Rat

Sunday, July 29, 2018


 


On the Main Stage


  • 10:00 amFlint & Feather
  • 11:15 amWill Stroet & the Backyard Band
  • 12:45 pmFraser Valley Children’s Chorus
  • 2:15 pmJocelyn Petit Trio
  • 3:45 pmRoku Shichi Taiko Drummers
  • 5:00 pmCompany B Jazz Band

On the Octopus Stage


  • 10:00 amDan Propp
  • 11:20 amBen Dunnill
  • 12:15 pmJessica McMann
  • 1:00 pmDan Propp
  • 1:45 pmBeauty Shop Dolls
  • 2:45 pmBen Dunnill
  • 3:45 pmBeauty Shop Dolls
  • 4:45 pmMusic by Adrienne

On the Puppet Stage


  • 10:00 amRikki the Rat
  • 10:30 amTabby the Cat
  • 11:00 amLulu the Mermaid
  • 11:30 amRikki the Rat
  • 12:00 pmTabby the Cat
  • 12:30 pmLulu the Mermaid
  • 1:00 pmRikki the Rat
  • 1:30 pmMimi the Mouse
  • 2:00 pmLulu the Mermaid
  • 2:30 pmRikki the Rat
  • 3:00 pmMimi the Mouse
  • 3:30 pmLulu the Mermaid
  • 4:00 pmRikki the Rat
  • 4:30 pmMimi the Mouse
  • 5:00 pmRikki the Rat
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 in and explore.

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.

For more information 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 August Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.

 

 

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