Event Information

See detailed descriptions below of all of the activities taking place at the Steveston Salmon Festival!
Information for vendors and exhibitors is also included.

RIDE YOUR BIKE:
FREE bike parking will be located on the east side of the community centre parking lot in front of the community police office. We are pleased to have the Bicycle Valet provide this service for us.

Go green on Canada Day and avoid the heavy traffic by biking to the Salmon Festival! From 8:30am to 5pm, U-bicycle Canada is offering free bike rides to the event! Starting at Burnett Secondary School, you can park your car there and ride along the Railway green path all the way to the Salmon Festival and drop off your bikes behind the baseball diamond in the village. A $50 deposit fee is required and helmets will be provided! #salmonfest #bikeshare#gogreen

CANADA DAY SHUTTLE INFORMATION:

Option #1: Richmond City Hall to Britannia Shipyard

8:30am – First bus leaves City Hall
Runs approximately every 20 minutes
5:00pm – increased frequency starts
11:00pm- Last bus leaves Britannia Shipyards
PARKING AVAILABLE: at Richmond City Hall (no hour limited enforced) and Richmond Centre South Parkade, levels 2, 3 & 4
Option #2: Lord Byng Elementary to Gulf of Georgia Cannery courtesy of the Richmond Auto Mall

1:30pm – First shuttle departs Lord Byng
5:30pm – Last shuttle service leaves Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Option #3: Translink Bus from Richmond-Brighouse Station to Lord Byng Elementary School

Shuttle leaves from the South-bound side of No. 3 Road by the Saba Stop
11:30am – First shuttle departs Richmond-Brignhouse
11:00pm – Last shuttle leaves Lord Byng
NOTE: Shuttle frequency may vary depending on traffic congestion.

TRANSLINK BUS INFORMATION:
Translink will be running a modified bus schedule for July 1st. Please visit their website for more details


Art Show

A showcase of Richmond’s talented visual arts community. Come view their amazing work displayed inside the community centre’s multipurpose room, and meet the artists who enrich the cultural fabric of Richmond. A big thank you to the Lions Club for supporting this event!

The 2018 Salmon Festival Art Show exhibitors: 

Larry Tillyer
Barclay Brown
Thomas Taylor
June Macdonald/Shirley Pearson
Shamsi Ashti
Margreth Fry/Lorraine Wellman
Marv Skelton
John Beatty
Richmond Chinese Artists Group

 

Entry is by invitation only. For further information, Email: [email protected]


Car Show

Hosted by the Richmond Lions Club, curators of the annual Sockeye Run Show & Shine, this is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of custom cars, classic cars, hot rods and uniquely decorated art cars. The cars will be on display on the east lawn adjacent to the baseball diamond of the Steveston Community Park. Make sure you visit this shiny attraction and vote for your favourite! The car with the most votes will receive a fan favourite trophy! 

Car owners interested in registering to showcase your vehicle please view the Entry Invitation for details. Entries are limited so pre‐register early to secure your spot. A registration fee of $15 is payable upon arrival.

To register please e‐mail your Name, Address, Phone Number, club affiliation (if any), Car Make, Model and Year to:   

[email protected]

Salmon Festival Car Show Entry Invitation


Children’s Festival

The 2018 Children’s Festival is being relocated to the east side of Steveston park, into the main baseball diamond behind the community police station. The playground area was getting too crowded, and this move will give us a lot more space to provide lots of fun and entertainment for the children and their families! The Children’s Festival is an exciting mix of games, face painting, balloon & caricature artists, entertainers, and a multitude of excitement for children of all ages!

Featured Attractions include: (subject to change)
Caricature Artists
Face Painting & Balloon Artist
Kids games & Mini Golf
Inflatables
Nylon Zoo – storytelling fish
Photobooth and props
0-3 shaded play area

2018 Children’s Festival Stage Line-up (subject to change)
Noon- Richmond Youth Honour Choir 
12:45pm- Gymaestrada 
2:00pm- Charlotte Diamond and the Hug Bug Band 
3:15pm- The Ta Daa Lady 
3:50pm- Pancho & Sal 
4:25pm- Matt Henry

For further information, email: [email protected]


Children’s Bike Parade

No registration required, just come and expect to have a lot of fun!

MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: ALL children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian – no exceptions. Helmets are mandatory for all riders and skaters. Participants are requested to NOT cycle back along the route after completing the bike parade as the main parade follows immediately afterwards and this creates a safety concern. 

Sponsored by the G&F Financial Group, this is an exciting opportunity for children to show their Canadian pride AND cycle the big parade route to the cheers and encouragement of the waiting crowds before the floats take off!

Children interested in entering the bike parade should bring their decorated bikes, trikes and wagons to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery parking lot at the corner of Chatham and 4th Avenue beginning at 8:30am and no later than 9:15am. They will cycle off at 9:30am SHARP.

Pre-parade fun includes a special participation ribbon and treats for the kids as they wait for the parade marshals to send them off. The bike parade travels down 3rd Avenue then East on Moncton Street to the Community Police Station.

For further information, email: [email protected]


Food Fair

Its all about the food! From our famous barbecue salmon and chow mein to great burgers and hot dogs! Many of our food vendors are non-profit organizations who join us each year to serve up some great food and to raise funds for their charitable interests at the same time! 

Food Vendors:

Corn Dog Express
Cotton Candy Co.
Creative Concessions/ Lemon Heaven
Golden Crust
Hatchan (Squid Teriyaki)
Martha’s Kettle Corn
Richforever Ent. Ltd (rotato potato)
Salmon Bake
Smoothie Dave
St. Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Church
Starbucks
Steveston Community Centre Chow Mein
Steveston Community Centre Youth
Steveston Karate Club
Steveston Rotary Club 
Sweet Thea Cakes
Swiss Style Nuts
Tenrikyo Boys & Girls Association

 

Food Fair applications are by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for 2019, please send us a proposal beginning in January 2019. Please include information about your business, what you plan to sell, your pricing, and what other events you have attended. Invitations will be sent out in March.

For further information, email: [email protected]


Food Truck Festival

The food trucks will be back for the 2018 Salmon Festival and will be located in the Easthope parking lot across the street from the community centre. The food trucks will be closed at 8pm so don’t miss out on grabbing your yummy treats! 


Horticulture Show

The Steveston Salmon Festival has hosted a horticulture show since 1969. This professionally judged flower and garden show is very popular among local garden enthusiasts. Stunning roses, charming wild flowers, mouth-watering vegetables and herbs, plants rare and beautiful, and a special category for children. Do you have a green thumb? Entry is open to everyone! See how your blooms measure up to your neighbour! Cash prizes available!

Entry deadline is June 28 at 4:00pm

SF18 Horticulture Show Entry Package

For further information, email: [email protected]


Japanese Cultural Show

Celebrating the rich culture of our community, the Japanese Cultural Show features displays and demonstrations on a variety of traditional Japanese arts such as origami, bonsai and doll making.

2018 Japanese Cultural Show Schedule (subject to change)
Kendo Hall (East Wing – Martial Arts Center)
10:00am – 4:00pm Ikebana. bonsai, & shodo displays
12:30pm – 1:00pm Bonsai Demonstration
1:05pm – 1:35pm Japanese Tea Ceremony
1:40pm – 2:10pm Koto Performance 
2:15pm – 3:30pm Odori & Kimono Demonstration by Tatsumi Dance Troupe
3:35pm – 4:05pm Ikebana Demonstration 

Judo Hall (West Wing- Martial Arts Center)
1:00pm – 1:30pm Judo Demonstration
1:40pm – 2:10pm Iaido (Japanese sword drawing)
2:20pm – 2:50pm Kendo (Japanese Fencing) Demonstration
3:00pm – 3:30pm Karate Demonstration

Demonstration Schedule:
12:30pm – 1:00pm Bonsai Demonstration 
1:05pm – 1:35pm Japanese Tea Ceremony
1:40pm – 2:10pm Koto Performance 
2:15pm – 3:30pm Kimono Demonstration by Tatsumi Dance Troupe
3:35pm – 4:05pm Ikebana Demonstration 

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
10:00am – 4:00pm
Japanese Doll Display
Nikkei Memorial Project
Nikkei Museum and Archives
Steveston Buddhist Temple 
Tashme Internment Camp Museum

Seniors Lounge:
Nikkei Seniors Craft Sales 


King of the Fraser

The Village of Steveston was founded on fishing. The King of the Fraser competition challenges participants’ skill with the net mending needle. You will be amazed at the skill of these experts. Stop by and cheer on the competitors – we’re in the main parking lot near the salmon barbecue! Competition is open to the public, and there are prizes available to be won!


Main Stage Entertainment

Our Main Stage Entertainment runs throughout the afternoon with an exciting line-up of artists ranging from Canadian recording artists to local community groups. The Main Stage is a popular centrepiece to our annual Festival.

2018 Main Stage Events (schedule subject to change)

Performer Bios are here
Noon- Opening Ceremony and O CANADA!
12:30pm- The Boom Booms
2:00pm- Line 49
3:30pm- Urban Myth
5:00pm- Honeymoon Suite
7:00pm- Scotty Hills

Artists interested in performance opportunities should submit an expression of interest in January. We are no longer accepting expressions of interest for 2018.


Martial Arts Demonstration

For nearly 100 years there has been martial arts in Steveston. It was in 1972 that the Steveston Community Society opened the first martial arts building, or dojo house, outside Japan. The Steveston Salmon Festival celebrates our martial arts history and tradition with demonstrations of Judo, Kendo, Iaido, Aikido, and Karate throughout the day.

Judo Hall (West Wing – Martial Arts Centre)
1:00pm – 1:30pm Judo Demonstration
1:40pm – 2:10pm Iaido (Japanese sword drawing)
2:20pm – 2:50pm Kendo (Japanese Fencing) Demonstration
3:00pm – 3:30pm Karate Demonstration


Non-Profit Organization Exhibitors

Richmond is home to a great variety of non-profit groups and an endless list of volunteer opportunities. Drop by the indoor trade show to find out more about the kinds of organizations who provide valuable services to our City.

2018 Trade Show NPO Package

For further information, email: [email protected]


Pancake Breakfast
UPDATE: the pancake breakfast will be moved to the west park by the playground!

The pancake breakfast starts at 6:30am until 11:00am on July 1st. Coming early to stake out a great spot for the parade? Plan to have your breakfast with us! 

Pancake Breakfast- $8
Hot Dog & Drink-$5
CASH ONLY

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Steveston 


Parade

The Steveston Salmon Festival Parade attracts visitors from around the lower mainland and further across the Pacific Northwest. The Parade marches off at 10:00am sharp from Garry Point Park and winds through the streets of Steveston past the Community Centre to Railway Avenue. With over 100 entries on an annual basis, the Parade takes nearly two hours to complete! All along the parade route, people are thrilled by the exciting variety of entries: from military colour guards, to beautifully decorated floats, to marching bands, vintage vehicles, celebrities, sports teams, politicians and other dignitaries, community and cultural groups, our parade will thrill you from start to finish. Come early, bring your lawn chair and sunscreen and stake your claim along the parade route!

2018 Parade Entry Package

Deadline to apply is May 31. Please review the guidelines included with the entry package for full details, schedule, and regulations. If, after reading through all the information provided, you still have questions, please email: [email protected]


Pie and Ice Cream Parlour

Sweet Thea is an artisan bakery – everything is made by hand, using quality simple ingredients and real butter. A vendor at the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market since 2011, Sweet Thea’s delicious pies are featured inside the Community Centre.

“We source local fruit whenever we can, and use no preservatives or chemicals in our treats – we make everything FRESH for the markets,” is Thea’s secret to their popularity. “And we use real butter, which makes everything better!”

Sweet Thea will have hand pies to eat on the spot, and whole pies to take home from the Salmon Festival, with flavours determined by the fresh fruit available on July 1 – everything will be fresh and delicious. A percentage of all sales will go towards the Steveston Playground Fund.


Salmon Barbeque

We couldn’t call it “Salmon Festival” without celebrating the most prized catch of BC fishers, the mighty salmon. Each year, over 1200 pounds of fresh wild BC sockeye salmon is expertly barbecued over an alder wood fire and served with salad, a bun, and a beverage. A must-have treat! $16 per plate. Cash, credit, or debit accepted!


Trade Show

2018 Trade Show Package

From the latest ideas in home improvement, clothing, jewellery, fitness products, hobby ideas, food tasting, and more, our Trade Show offers Festival visitors an opportunity to take a break from the sun and browse all the latest product and services on the market today.

Outdoor space– SOLD OUT

For further information, email: [email protected]

Trade Show Entertainment Lineup 

11:00pm-12:30pm
Peter Friesen presents: 
1. Breezy Steves Jazz Trip
2. 2014 Richmond Idol Winner Maria Encarnacion
3. Kimberly Cho
1:00pm-1:30pm O’Brien School of Irish Dancing
2:00pm-3:00pm Richmond Martial Arts


Youth Festival

This Salmon Festival we welcome all youth to come join the Steveston Youth team for a free youth only barbeque featuring free food and drinks, basketball free-play, awesome music, and retro video games! Also look out for the Steveston Youth Team roaming the park with challenges and free prizes to be won! Find us on the north field in and around the outdoor tennis courts! Any questions feel free to contact the Steveston Youth Coordinator at [email protected]