The summer farmers market in Richmond’s historic Steveston Village is a large market that takes place two Sundays a month from May until September.
Steveston Village Farmers Market
Officially called the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market, it’s one of the best farmers markets in the Lower Mainland because of its size and location. Up to as many as 60 vendors turn out on busy days, which makes it one of Metro Vancouver’s largest outdoor markets.
Note that the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market happens in the summer and early fall and is different from the Cannery Farmers Market, which also includes artisan vendors, but is smaller, takes place inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery close by, and runs during the colder half of the year, from November to April.
Where and When
The Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market takes place in the summer in the historic and touristy town of Steveston Village in the parking lot at the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street.
The venue is right in the heart of the town, just a few blocks from the Gulf of Georgia Cannery national historic site and not far from the village’s fantastic walking and cycling path along the waterfront. It’s also fairly close to the Britannia Heritage Shipyard by the water.
In 2019 the Steveston Farmers Market takes place on the Sundays of May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18 and September 15 & 29 from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm. Sales start at 10:30 in the morning and the market closes at 3:30 pm.
Steveston Farmers Market in 2019
In 2019 the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market occurs rain or shine on the above Sundays.
Of particular note, in 2019 May 19th is on the Victoria Day Long Weekend and August 4th is on the BC Day Long Weekend. On these days Steveston Village is an especially vibrant and popular place to go.
Also, note that the market doesn’t occur exactly every second weekend. Sometimes its dates are two weeks apart and sometimes three – double check the calendar before you go.
About the Summer Market
The Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market is made up of close to five dozen vendors including the typical assortment of fruits and vegetable stalls, a kettle corn candy table, a local wine and beer producer or two, and baked goods sellers.
It’s an “artisan market” too, however, so it also has more craft and artisan vendors than most other farmers markets. On the most recent day we went, for example, there was a leather goods vendor, a stall selling garden plants, and a number of both handmade and commercially-manufactured specialty clothing vendors.
The summer outdoor market at Steveston Village is a popular farmers market for adults because of its size and wide selection.
The market is also a great one for young children because on the other side of the community centre there is an exceptional and very large outdoor kids’ playground that includes a water park play area. Especially if it’s a hot sunny day, take the kids to the park to play in the water-sprinkling play apparatus after your shop.
Also right by the market, the community centre and the kids’ play area is the Steveston Outdoor Pool which is also a wonderful place to take children on hot days when it’s open on weekends and holiday afternoons in the summer starting in June.
Steveston Winter Market
Similar but different from the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market, the Cannery Farmers Market takes place indoors at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery at 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village. It occurs generally every second Sunday from mid-October to late April (except for January), so during months when the summer market is closed.
Attractions in the Neighbourhood
There are lots of great places to visit in the area and combine with your trip to the market while in Steveston Village. Attractions close by include the following:
- Britannia Shipyard – a national historic site that’s mostly outdoors.
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery – a museum and national historic site.
- International Buddhist Temple – a large and beautiful temple that’s open to the public a short drive from Steveston Village.
- London Heritage Farm – a historic farm that’s open most weekend afternoons and from Wednesdays to Sundays in July and August.
- Terra Nova Rural Park and Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment – a 63-acre park in Richmond and home to an amazing outdoor children’s adventure play area.
- West Dyke Trail – a fabulous pathway for walking and cycling along.
See Steveston Village for more details about the neighbourhood and its places of interest.
Tips and Suggestions
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to the Steveston Farmers and Artisan Market.
TIP #1: Don’t forget to wear good walking shoes. There are lots of great places to walk around in the Steveston Village area. There are lots of great level paths to cycle along too.
TIP #2: If going on a hot day in the summer with children, don’t forget to pack the kids their swimsuits. There aren’t beaches at Steveston Village, except for at nearby Garry Point Park, but the community centre’s playground water park facilities are lots of fun and the outdoor pool is open on summer weekends and holidays.
TIP #3: Unless you live close by, definitely combine your trip to the market with a visit to other places in and around Steveston Village. Explore some place new each time!
TIP #4: Don’t forget that admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is free on market days in the winter. It’s an interesting place any time of the year, but especially nice when there’s no charge for admission.
For more information on this popular Sunday morning event in the summer, see Steveston Farmers & Artisan Market.