The Richmond World Festival is taking returning later this month.
Being held on Friday, August 30th and Saturday, August 31st, the festival is the city’s signature event, bringing in thousands of people annually.
This festival is all about showcasing the world’s beautiful cultures and flavours, and simultaneously celebrating the city’s diversity through music, food, sports, and art from around the world.
Richmond World Festival Activities
The festival will feature over 90 artists on nine different stages, a culinary stage, a global village, an artisan marketplace, an African zone, Your Continent Digital Carnival, Bamboo Theatre, the Wide World of Sport, and more.
On top of that, visitors will have the chance to dance to bhangra, participate in cultural art projects, challenge your friends to a sumo competition, or browse the international marketplace for global treasures.
And when you work up an appetite, FEASTival of Flavours will be waiting for you with over 50+ food trucks.
This year’s festival is being headlined by The Strumbellas. Formed in 2008 in Toronto, the band consists of songwriter Simon Ward on vocals and guitar, David Ritter on vocals and keys, Jon Hembrey on lead guitar, Isabel Ritchie on violin, Darryl James on bass guitar, and Jeremy Drury on drums.
Other festival performers include:
- Bedouin Soundclash
- John Welsh & Los Valientes
- Wasakaka All-Stars
- RT Nuba
- Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra
- Sister Says
- Old Soul Rebel
- Desiree Dorion
- Veronica Fusaro
- Via Barcelonia
- Camaro 67
- Quinta Kalavera
- The Jocelyn Pettit Band
- Ndidi Cascade
- Early Spirit
- Matices Del Sur (MDS)
- The Wild Moccasin Dancers
- Royal Academy of Bhangra Society
- Adalat Dance Company
- Russian Showcase
- Seishun Youth Academy
- Satsuki Kai Japanese Dance Group
- ROOTS Peruvian Folk Dance
- Muevete Marimba
- Toque Flamenco
- Los Tambores
- VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir
- Korean Traditional Arts Society (KTAS)
- Banana Bread
- Music With Marnie
- Réjean Bussières
- Harrison the Yoyoer
- Vancouver Puppet Theatre
- King Matt Theatre
- Terrance Wang
- Andy the Musical Scientist
- Peter G-G
Getting to the Festival
Minoru Park is located along Granville Avenue, which has a dedicated bicycle lane for nearly its entire length.
Likewise, you can safely and securely store your bicycle at the festival using their FREE Wheel Watch–it’s like a coat check, but for bikes!
When taking transit, take the Canada Line and get off at the Richmond-Brighouse station. Walk through Richmond Centre, which is across the street, and the festival is a short distance away. If you’re planning on taking the bus, you can take either the 410, 407, 402, 403, 404, or C94.
If you plan to drive, it’s highly recommended to carpool. There is no parking at Minoru Complex, but you can park in the south parkade at Richmond Centre, Richmond City Hall, and along the adjacent neighbourhood streets.
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Richmond World Festival 2019
Location: Minoru Park - 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Time: Friday 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Date: Friday August 30th, 2019 - Saturday August 31st, 2019