Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Shipyards

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A stroll by the water in Steveston is always a good time and there’s a weekend each summer when it’s even more special: The 19th annual Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Shipyards is coming up this month and it’s the City’s biggest nautical celebration!

Richmond Maritime Festival John Bollwitt Photo
2017 Richmond Maritime Festival ship boarding. Photo by John Bollwitt.

Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Shipyards

  • When: Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 2022
    • 11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Steveston
  • Admission: Free! No advance booking required

The two-day event will unfold across the eight-acre site and showcase a vibrant program of live music, historical characters and storytellers, heritage boats and displays by community groups.

New to the festival this year are a series of themed areas, where festival-goers can experience different aspects of sea-faring culture. Activities for families include interactive performances by festival favourites Rikki the Rat and his crew, hands-on workshops, fun water features, heritage games and a family portrait sketch artist.

The community stage will feature performances by the Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack), the Irish Wakers, and Go Taiko. Look for other pop-up musical and storytelling performances throughout the site by festival favourites like The Seabillys and the Cannery Mermaids.

Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Shipyards
City of Richmond/Photos submitted

Down on the docks, visitors can take in the beauty of restored heritage vessels including the 1903 Providence sailing ship and 100-year-old SS Master tug boat.

Britannia Shipyards’ many historic buildings will be open to public and will feature costumed interpreters. The site also has plenty of picnic tables for families to enjoy the offerings of exciting local food vendors.

For more information, follow the Richmond Maritime Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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