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Richmond World Festival in 2019

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 takes place on August 30th and 31st.

Coming up to its fifth year in 2019, 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 takes place on August 30th and 31st 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.

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 features 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

2019 Performers

The schedule for 2019 is listed below. There are major bands and musical groups, multicultural performances, children’s shows and other entertainment. There are seven stages where the performances happen.

(Note: performer details are subject to change.)

YVR Main Stage

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

McElhanney Minoru Stage

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

Lansdowne District Global Stage

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

Coast Capital Savings Pop Up Zone

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

Bamboo Theatre

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

Imagination Stage at the Library

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

Mariachis at World Festival

Cowell Kids World

Friday, August 30th

Saturday, August 31st

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 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.

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

 

 

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