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Maritime festival returning to Richmond Aug. 12 and 13

Don Fennell   Jul-12-2017

Taiko drummers perform at the Richmond Maritime Festival.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond

Richmond will revel in its nautical history when the 14th annual Richmond Maritime Festival returns to Steveston Aug. 12 and 13.

The spectacular Steveston waterfront will be replete with a wooden boat festival within the site, that will also feature roving characters, visual artists, puppets and storytellers. Festival-goers will also be treated to performances on multiple stages, including an early Saturday evening A variety of performers will be on stage throughout the weekend including an early Saturday evening performance concert by local favourite Good for Grapes.



“The Richmond Maritime Festival has become one of the highlights of the summer in our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s full of fun for the whole family with surprises around every corner. It is also an engaging celebration of the fishing and other maritime industries that helped build Richmond and B.C. This year, we’re expanding the festival’s focus on the wooden boats that have played such a vital part in the history of Richmond and all of the B.C. West Coast.”

Expanded in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, this year’s festival will also feature a variety of maritime-themed activities including log rolling demonstrations and ship-viewing opportunities. There will also be a fleet of food trucks on site to satisfy any appetite.

This year the Richmond Maritime Festival poster was designed by McNair Secondary School student Atheana Picha. Picha is a talented local artist that festival organizers are proud to have on the team.

The Richmond Maritime Festival will run from11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug.12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Admission is free. For more details,

The Richmond Maritime Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by the Port of Vancouver. The festival is made possible thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage. The main stage of the event is sponsored by Canadian Western Bank. The community sponsors are Fraser Surrey Docks and the Fraser River Industrial Association. Event partners are the Richmond Arts Coalition and Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society.

The festival is part of Richmond Canada 150, a year-long program of events and activities.

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