August 21–22, 2021

Event Information

The Richmond Maritime Festival emerges from hibernation with a crew of colourful characters and historic features.

Lulu the Mermaid, Rikki the Rat and a motley crew of other seafaring scallywags will entertain, engage and delight when the 18th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival Re-imagined returns to the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site from August 21 to 22, 2021.

Though the entire Historic Site will be open to the public and visitors will discover delightful surprises throughout the site, most of the festival activities will take place in the Seine Net Loft, the boat docks, and the Britannia Shipyard building. Timed-entry tickets are currently sold out, but a limited number of walk-up spots will be available on both days of the festival.

Visitors will also be able to explore the site at home through an interactive map to learn more about the history of Steveston, stories of the Britannia Shipyards, wooden boats and more.

The stunning, natural and nautical splendour of the oldest shipyard in British Columbia will come to life with festive, maritime-themed décor, performances and ingenious exhibits. Landlubbers and nautical buffs alike will find this free family event awash with fun. Visitors will continually find new surprises as they wander through the 8-acre national historic site on the Steveston waterfront. 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.

Throughout the weekend, festival goers will be entertained by music, roving performers, wood carvers, model boat builders, puppets, storytellers, drummers and much more.

Children of all ages will learn local lore, be captivated by characters from the sea and meet all manner of unexpected storytellers, including Lulu the Mermaid and Rikki the Rat. Down at Britannia’s 190-metre-long (600-foot) dock, visitors will get an opportunity to admire a flotilla of beautiful boats and ships up close. Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic blanket or enjoy the offerings of our food vendors while taking in the sights and sounds. Festival activities continue from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22.

Time-based entry will be used in 2021 to ensure all site structures adhere to maximum capacity limits, in accordance with health and safety orders. 

Please stay home if you are feeling sick.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Practice physical distancing

Stay home if sick

Clean hands frequently

Masks required indoors

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.