The Richmond Maritime Festival returns for its 20th annual edition! Come celebrate the city’s diverse heritage at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site from August 26 to 27, 2023. The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 6pm.
The entire 8-acre Historic Site will be open to the public and visitors will discover delightful surprises around every corner. This FREE event is open to everyone for all ages.
The stunning, natural and nautical splendour of the oldest shipyard in British Columbia will come to life with maritime-themed activities. Come and enjoy live music, food trucks, artists, and a display of beautifully restored wooden boats and ships.
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.
The Richmond Maritime Festival is brought to you by the Richmond Arts Coalition, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society and Anigraph Productions with funding support from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Heritage Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant program, the BC Arts Council, and the Province of British Columbia.