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Richmond World Festival

Richmond World Festival

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 2019 the Richmond World Festival took place on August 30th and 31st. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event isn’t taking place.

If not for the coronavirus, the festival would be celebrating its sixth year in 2020. In years when it does take place, 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 2019 the Richmond World Festival took place on August 30th and 31st which were the Friday and Saturday of the Labour Day Long Weekend. On the Friday it ran from 4 to 10 pm and on the Saturday from 11 am until 10 pm. 2021 details are to be confirmed.

The event usually 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.

Labour Day Weekend Activities

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 2019 festival also featured more than four dozen food trucks serving everything from Thai cuisine to ice cream.

Festival Performances

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.

Vancity Bhangra at Richmond World Festival
Vancity Bhangra

Performers

To give you an idea of what to expect in 2021, the schedule for 2019 is listed below. There were major bands and musical groups, multicultural performances, children’s shows and other entertainment. There were seven stages where the performances happened.

(Note: performer details are subject to change.)

YVR Main Stage

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

McElhanney Minoru Stage

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

Lansdowne District Global Stage

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

Coast Capital Savings Pop Up Zone

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

Bamboo Theatre

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

Imagination Stage at the Library

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

Mariachis at World Festival

Cowell Kids World

Friday, August 30th (2019)

Saturday, August 31st (2019)

Cantonese Opera at Bamboo Theatre
Vancouver Cantonese Opera on the Bamboo Stage

Bamboo Theatre

In addition to the above musicians, entertainers and performances, the Vancouver Cantonese Opera usually 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.

Free Events in September

Other Information

For more details about the event see the Richmond World Festival website.

To learn more about the area, see our article about the City of Richmond.

For information on other events in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s September Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.

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