The Richmond World Festival is a free cultural event featuring lots of music and family-friendly activities in Minoru Park on the September Long Weekend.
The Richmond World Festival
In 2018 the Richmond World Festival takes place on August 31st and September 1st.
Coming up to its fourth year in 2018, it’s a large festival with over 60 musicians and other performing artists as well as art exhibits, sports activities and dozens of food trucks. Over 25,000 people typically attend.
When and Where
In 2018 the Richmond World Festival takes place on August 31st and September 1st which are the Friday and Saturday of the Labour Day Long Weekend. On the Friday it runs from 4 to 10 pm and on the Saturday from 11 am until 10 pm.
The event happens at Minoru Park and the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza which are located at 7191 Granville Avenue and 7700 Minoru Gate in the City of Richmond.
The venue isn’t far from the Richmond-Brighouse SkyTrain Station which is only about 35 minutes from Vancouver’s Waterfront Station on the Canada Line, or about the same by car in good traffic.
About the Festival
The Richmond World Festival is a free two-day multicultural event that features dozens of performing artists on seven different stages.
At the festival most years there is a Culinary Stage featuring local chefs, a Kids World Stage with child-focused shows, and various other stages featuring a wide range of performances. The 2018 festival also features more than four dozen food trucks serving everything from Thai cuisine to ice cream.
The live performances are definitely a highlight of the Richmond World Festival. There are lots of them, at various locations, and they range in length from just a few minutes up to an hour or so, although most are fairly short. The selection is great and there’s something for everyone.
Headliner bands at the Richmond World Festival in 2018 include Desi Subculture and Lights on the Friday evening as well as Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and MAGIC! on the Saturday.
These and other scheduled performers for 2018 are listed below. There are major bands and musical groups, multicultural performances, children’s shows and other entertainment.
(Note: performer details are subject to change.)
Bands and Musical Groups
- Alouest – a French-Canadian group from Maillardville (in Coquitlam).
- Desi Sub Culture – a local group featuring former members of the band Delhi 2 Dublin. They perform on the Friday at 7:30 pm.
- Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine – a pop duo from Ottawa that performs on the Saturday at 7:15 pm.
- Fresh Groove Productions – a large group of performers from a Richmond-based Hip-Hop dance school.
- Hint of Lime – a 5-person Jazz group.
- Kailyarders – a Celtic Folk band from White Rock.
- Lights – a JUNO Award-winning Alt-Pop musician scheduled to perform on the Friday at 8:45 pm.
- Locarno – a band led by JUNO Award-winning musician Tom Landa and featuring Mexican Folk, Cuban Son and Latin Soul.
- MAGIC! – a Los Angeles-based band originally from Toronto. They are scheduled to perform on the Saturday at 8:45 pm.
- Milk Crate Bandits – a Vancouver-based Jazz band.
- Phyllis Adelyne – singer, songwriter, recording artist and praise and worship leader originally from Nova Scotia but now a long-time Lower Mainland resident.
- Portiia – a 5-person instrumental Folk group.
- VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir – a fabulous and very lively choir led by the charismatic Mr. Checo Tohomaso.
- Ballads Of Greece – a group of Greek and World music musicians.
- Brazilian Swag – a Brazilian dance and martial arts group.
- Canadian YC Chinese Orchestra – a Chinese music orchestra of both professional and amateur musicians.
- Dumpsta Dragons – an Asian duo that plays African, Australian, Indian and Japanese music on a wide variety of instruments.
- Eire Born Irish Dance Company – a group of Irish dancers from a school with locations in Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver.
- Hilario Duran “Contumbao” – a Cuban-Canadian pianist and his band.
- JAM (Japanesque Ambient Movements) – a trio of artists who entertain using a mix of traditional Japanese instruments and calligraphy art.
- Kimmortal – a “queer Filipino diasporic first-generation settler,” emcee, singer, songwriter and poet.
- Rangla Punjab Arts Academy – a group of performers from a Punjabi Folk and performing arts school.
- Roots Peruvian Folklore Dance Group – a New Westminster-based group of Peruvian Folk dancers.
- Samba Fusion – a Vancouver-based Brazilian Samba dance group.
- SFU Giddha Club – a group of performers of Punjabi Folk Dance Giddha from Simon Fraser University.
- Shyama-Priya – a First Nations dancer.
- Vancouver Okinawa Taiko – a Japanese drumming group.
- Vashaan Ensemble – a group of musicians specializing in traditional Persian music.
- Wailele Wai Wai – a Vancouver-based group of Hawaiian Hula dancers.
- Yusuke Hoshi – an experimental percussive musician who plays a mix of Psychedelic, Trance, Acoustic, Blues, Rock and ancient gong ambient tunes.
Children’s Shows and Entertainers
- Andy the Musical Scientist – a former member of the band Delhi 2 Dublin and present-day entertainer who mixes music with science.
- Ginalina – a West Coast Folk artist and children’s entertainer.
- Matt Henry – a juggler and street performer.
- Stories on Wheels – a street theatre storytelling act.
- Vancouver Puppet Theatre – a local mobile puppet theatre company.
- Yuki The Funky Yukalator – a Vancouver-based circus artist who has performed around the world.
In addition to the above musicians, entertainers and performances, the Vancouver Cantonese Opera hosts a range of presentations and cultural activities at the Bamboo Theatre which is located by the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza.
At the Bamboo Theatre there are costume displays, Chinese opera makeup demonstrations, mini performances and arts and crafts opportunities for children.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your Richmond World Festival experience.
TIP #1: With as many as 30,000 people expected, parking is always a challenge. Take public transit if you can.
TIP #2: If you need a break from the festival, go for a walk and explore Minoru Park. It has a beautiful pond that makes a nice venue for a picnic.
For more details about the event see the Richmond World Festival website.