The Richmond Sunflower Festival features fields of flowers to explore at Richmond Country Farms which is about a half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak in the spring of 2020, the Richmond Sunflower Festival is open as of August 8th. Several new safety measures have been implemented, including advanced timeslot reservations and increased sanitation. Wagon rides were not yet being offered either.
The event is expected to run until September 9th in 2020 (or possibly until the 13th if the weather is nice).
For more details see the Richmond Sunflower Festival website.
Vancouver Sunflower Festivals
The Lower Mainland is home to a few sunflower festivals. The original one is the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival which takes place in the Fraser Valley. In a typical year it features close to three dozen different kinds of sunflowers spread out over 17 acres of farmland. Another event that’s new but also very good, especially for young families, is the Abbotsford Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms.
The other newer sunflower festival is the one in Richmond. It had its first season last year with about two dozen varieties of the flower on eight acres of land.
Where and When is the Richmond Festival?
The Richmond Sunflower Festival takes place at Richmond Country Farms at 12900 Steveston Highway. It’s located about a 15-minute drive from Steveston Village and 20 minutes from the BC Ferries’ terminal in Tsawwassen.
Richmond Country Farms is a farm that has a large produce store in the spring, summer and fall. It also has a winery, as well as a pumpkin patch in October.
To learn more about the venue see our article about Richmond Country Farms.
The Richmond Sunflower Festival happens in the summer. In 2019 it started up on August 3rd and ran until September 11th. In 2020, it opened on August 8th.
How Much Does the Sunflower Festival Cost?
In 2019, the festival’s first year, admission cost $8 on weekdays and $15 on Saturdays and Sundays. Taxes were extra and kids under 3 years of age were free. Parking is always free.
2020 rates after August 14th are around $16 on weekdays and $18 on weekends. Discounts are available if tickets are purchased online. Tickets for children cost $5 and are free for kids less than 3 years old.
What to Expect at the Festival?
Expect to see lots of sunflowers at the Richmond Sunflower Festival, but also other flowers including dahlias.
At the venue you’ll see the Richmond Country Farms produce store. It’s a great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, so don’t forget to check it out after your visit to the fields of flowers.
When you arrive at the venue there are signs directing you to the sunflower festival. You’ll buy your tickets and then wait for a tractor and wagon to take you to the fields. The wagon ride goes down a dirt road through the farm to the sunflowers. It takes about 5 or so minutes to get there.
The tractor stops at the entrance to the sunflower fields. Everyone gets out of the wagon. People are then on their own to explore the fields. You work your way along the paths through the sunflowers to the other end of the field where you’ll find other flowers growing too. There, when you’re ready, you’ll find another tractor with a wagon that will take you back to the start near the produce store.
There are many different kinds of sunflowers at the festival. There are short ones, tall ones and really tall ones! It’s remarkable how many different varieties there are, and how big some of them grow!
At the sunflower festival, in addition to the wagon ride, sunflowers and other flowers, there is sometimes live music. The venue also has a miniature train, which is popular with young children, plus an area with farm animals to look at.
The Richmond Sunflower Festival is a great event that’s suitable for folk of all ages. People who like flowers, gardens and gardening will love it. Families with young children also have a great time.
To learn more check out our article about Richmond Country Farms.
To learn more about the event in Richmond, see the Richmond Sunflower Festival website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- City of Richmond
- Steveston Village
- Vancouver Places for Children
- Lower Mainland Pumpkin Patches
- Corn Mazes in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver Parks and Nature
- Lower Mainland Wineries
- Vancouver Farmers Markets