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10 things to do in Richmond in August

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Daniel Chai Aug 04, 2017 7:07 am 671

Richmond is filled with sun and fun events in August, from Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre to YVR Chill Out and everything in between.

Get exploring with our checklist of 10 things to do around the city this month.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Starlight Theatre at Lansdowne Centre

  • What: Enjoy classic, family-friendly, and even some of the latest hits on an outdoor screen. Take a drive and cuddle up, or bring a blanket and lawn chair and settle in for La La Land (August 2), 10 Things I Hate About You (August 9), Rocky (August 16), Moana (August 23) and Grease (August 30). Parking is on a first-come first-served basis (first 200 vehicles), with movie audio broadcast over FM radio. Smoking and alcohol are strictly prohibited.
  • When: Every Wednesday to August 30
  • Time: Movie starts at dusk
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre, west parking lot – 5300 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Music at the Cannery

Gulf of Georgia Cannery. (Marie Cardona)

Gulf of Georgia Cannery. (Marie Cardona)

  • What: The Cannery’s annual summertime evening concert series returns. Each week will feature a different musical act, catering to a wide range of musical tastes, from blues, jazz, folk and more!
  • When: Every Friday to August 25
  • Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • Tickets: At the door, $7

Richmond Night Market

  • What: This market draws crowds from across the province who travel to taste rows upon rows of vibrant cuisine and check out the diverse lineup of nightly performances on the 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • When: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays until October 9
  • Time:
    • Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm to midnight
    • Sundays and holiday Mondays, 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station), Richmond
  • Admission: $3.75. Kids 10 and under, seniors 60+ are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.

Kwantlen St. Farmers’ Market

  • What: The Kwantlen St. Farmers’ Market launched in 2016 as Richmond’s first weekly farmers’ market. The market offers a rotating selection of food trucks and carts, vendors with local produce, fresh Okanagan fruit, SPCA-certified chicken and eggs, and more. The market features products grown and crafted by local farmers and artisans, highlighting KPU’s own Sustainable Agriculture students.
  • When: Every Tuesday until October 31
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Parking Lot – 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

YVR Chill Out

  • What: YVR is hosting the YVR Chill Out at Larry Berg Flight Path Park. Enjoy live performances from local artists David Morin, Bobs and Lolo, Derek Pitts, and Fionn, as well as food and family-friendly activities. YVR community partners such as Canucks Autism Network, Vancouver Aquarium, City of Richmond and St. John’s Ambulance will also be on site with interactive booths.
  • When: Daily until August 19
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Larry Berg Flight Path Park – Russ Baker Way, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

The 5th Youth World Cup Live Painting Competition

World Cup Live Painting Competition

World Cup Live Painting Competition / Facebook

  • What: A global charity event hosted by Canada Youth Arts Development Foundation with the support of UNICEF, aiming to raise awareness of underprivileged children, provide a platform to help and give them a better future, and promote cultural and artistic exchange among youth and children globally. The theme this year is “Friendship, Dream and Environment Protection”, and children and youth artists, ages four to 25, across the world will be participating in the competition.
  • When: Sunday, August 6
  • Time: 2 to 6 pm
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • Admission: $20 donation to Unicef

Summer Fun Nights

  • What: Enjoy games, face painting and music with DJ Derrick.
  • When: Wednesday, August 9
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Cambie Community Centre at King George Park – 4100 No. 5 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

All Aboard!

  • What: Be transported through time with All Aboard! at the Steveston Interurban Tram Building. This free event allows visitors to explore Richmond’s transportation heritage, both past and present, with guest experts, live music, children’s crafts and activities and much more.
  • When: August 19
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Where: Steveston Interurban Tram Building – 4011 Moncton Street, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Summer West Fest

  • What: West Richmond’s biggest event of the year with old-style games, food and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy local entertainment, potato sack races, pie eating contests, a corn roast, a BBQ concession and bouncy castles. A highlight for this year will be the unveiling of the “Celebrate the Past with the Future” Community Art Project. Then enjoy the feature film Sing projected onto a giant screen in the field.
  • When: Wednesday, August 30
  • Time: 5:30 to 10:30 pm
  • Where: West Richmond Community Centre – 9180 No. 1 Rd, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Wacky Olympics and Youth BBQ

  • What: Get your little ones going for gold at these fun-filled and energetic event stations. This event is for preschoolers (ages 5 and under), and parent participation is required. Afterwards, youth (ages 13 to 18) are invited to celebrate the end of summer at a free BBQ.
  • When: Thursday, August 31
  • Time: 3:30 to 7 pm
  • Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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