Richmond Maritime Festival Has Free Seaside Fun for the Whole Family

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The Richmond Maritime Festival is a weekend of free seaside fun for the whole family at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Steveston.

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Richmond Maritime Festival

  • When: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2023
    • 11:00am to 6:00pm
  • Where: Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Steveston
  • Admission: Free! No advance booking required

The entire 8-acre Historic Site will be open to the public where you can discover delightful surprises around every corner. Enjoy a vibrant program of live music, historical exhibits, storytellers, displays, and community groups. Get up close to the wooden boats on display on the Shipyards’ docks and enjoy local food vendors such as Takenaka, Dos Amigos, Crema Ice Cream, and Angel’s Gelato.

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Artist Udayana Lugo

The performance lineup includes GO Taiko, the Seabillys, Pat Chessell, Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, The Irish Wakers, The Seabillys, and the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

There’s also ticketed experiences like Fraser River Boat Tours. Sail aboard the beautifully restored MV Gikumi and immerse yourself in tales of history and natural wonders. Book your seat now.

Located along the Steveston Channel on the south arm of the Fraser River, originally a cannery and then converted to a shipyard, Britannia represents an important era in the historical development of Richmond. Twelve heritage buildings on the site help to tell the many stories of the multi-ethnic residents and fisheries workers at the Britannia Shipyard: Chinese, European, First Nations and Japanese-Canadians. Visitors can also tour many of the historic buildings, several of which have been restored to reflect their original roles in the West Coast fishing industry.

Festival goers are encouraged to plan ahead and refer to the website to learn more about the different ways of getting to the event. Follow Britannia Shipyards (Facebook, Instagram) and Fun Richmond (Facebook, Instagram) for the latest event updates.

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