10 things to do in Richmond in May

May 8 2017, 9:25 pm

Richmond is packed with exciting events in May, from Night Markets to concerts and everything in between. To get you started, here are 10 things to do around the city this month.

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

Richmond Night Market

  • What: The Richmond Night Market  draws crowds from across the province who travel to taste to rows on rows of vibrant cuisine offered and check out the diverse line-up of nightly performances on to 50-foot entertainment stage.
  • Where: 8351 River Road (nearby Bridgeport Station), Richmond
  • When: May 12 to October 9. Fridays and Saturdays 7 pm to midnight, Sundays and holiday Mondays 7 to 11 pm
  • Admission: $3.75 (regular admission). Kids 10 and under, seniors 60 and up are free. Zoom pass (up to 7 visits) is $20.

Jin Chi

  • What: Voice of China contestant Jin Chi, aka Ada Kam, is a popular singer in Mainland China. Jin Chi made it into the top 16 in The Voice of China and has been a fan favourite in the public eye ever since. She has released several successful albums and has also branched into the world of acting.
  • When: May 11 at 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $48-$108

Public Works Open House

  • What: This event offers a hands-on experience that includes plenty to do for all ages. Gardeners can grab some free topsoil, while kids can work on mini construction projects, jump on an excavator for a quick lesson or check out the interactive displays and games. Stop by the food court to purchase lunch, go for a hay ride tour of the Works Yard and kids can pick up a passport at the gate and collect stamps for a chance to win a prize.
  • Where: Kozier Neighbourhood Park – 10491 Kozier Drive, Richmond
  • When: May 13 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free

Richmond Regional Heritage Fair

  • What: See creative project displays about Canadian history and heritage, created by local Richmond students. Take part in hands-on, family-friendly activities that inspire curiosity and pride in Canada’s history and heritage.
  • Where: Richmond Cultural Centre – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • When: May 13 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free

Kwantlen St. Farmers’ Market

Kwantlen St. Market

Image: Kwantlen St. Market / Facebook

  • 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.
  • Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Parking Lot – 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond
  • When: Ever Tuesday from noon to 4 pm until October 31
  • Admission: Free

Arlene Chan – An Author Event

  • What: Chinese immigrants arrived in Canada in the mid-1800s searching for gold and a better life. But life in Canada was difficult and the immigrants had to face racism and cultural barriers. Take a photographic walk through history with Arlene Chan, a Chinese-Canadian author who focuses on the history and culture.
  • Where: Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch – 11688 Steveston Hwy #8200, Richmond
  • When: May 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 am
  • Register: Online


  • What: Since 1994 Hoopfest has been BC Wheelchair Basketball Society’s largest annual fundraiser. Corporate and community teams of 5-10 players participate in a fun evening that includes a wheelchair basketball tournament, dinner and raffle prizes. Funds raised from Hoopfest allow BC Wheelchair Basketball to continue to run programs, leagues and tournaments, provide equipment and advocate for inclusive physical activity opportunities for British Columbians with a physical disability.
  • When: May 18 from 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
  • Registration: Online

The Richmond Singers – We Call It Home

  • What: For their final performance of the season, The Richmond Singers, directed by Natasha Neufeld, present “We Call It Home”. Join in a celebration of our country’s 150th birthday, and go on a musical journey across our great land. With special guests, Sweet Scarlet.
  • Where: Broadmoor Baptist Church 8140 Saunders Road, Richmond
  • When: May 27 from 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$20. Children under 12 free

Richmond Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

  • What: Join Richmond Chamber members and guests for a wonderful evening of dragon boating along the scenic Fraser River, followed by a networking BBQ with gorgeous views of the river at sunset.
  • Where: John M. S. Lecky UBC Boathouse – 7277 River Road, Richmond,
  • When: May 30 from 4:15 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $55-$65

Illumination Summer Night Market

Zodiac lantern/Illumination Summer Night Market

  • What: Tropical house specialist Thomas Jack takes over Celebrities for a special open to close set.
  • Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way), Richmond
  • When: Friday and Saturday from 7 pm to midnight, Sunday from 7 to 11 pm, and long weekends from 7 to midnight.
  • Tickets: Online, $3
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