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.

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.

The 2017 Salmon Festival Art Show exhibitors will be posted in June.

For further information, Email: artshow@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Car Show

Hosted by the Richmond Lions Club, up to 30 custom cars, classic cars and hot rods will be on display.

The 2017 car show has been cancelled.

Children’s Festival

Steveston Park is transformed into an exciting Festival of games, face painting, crafts, entertainers, and a multitude of excitement for children of all ages!

2017 Featured Attractions include: (subject to change)
Kin’s Farm Market
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Richmond Nature Park
Richmond Auto Mall
Face Painting
Carnival Games and prizes
Nylon Zoo – storytelling fish!
Mascots throughout the day

2017 Children’s Festival Stage Line-up (subject to change)
12:00pm Angela Brown’s The Ta Daa Lady
1:00pm Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra
2:00pm Richmond Martial Arts
2:30pm Angela Brown’s The Ta Daa Lady
3:30pm Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra
4:15pm Matt Henry Trained Human 

For further information, email: childrensfest@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Children’s Bike Parade

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

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.

ALL children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian – no exceptions. Helmets are mandatory for all riders and skaters.

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: bikeparade@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Community Information Tables

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

2017 NonProfit Exhibitor

For further information, email: community@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Craft Fair

The Salmon Festival has cancelled the craft fair for 2017. With declining registrations (over 30% in 3 years), plus the demands for space and other growing attractions, the decision was made to re-purpose the gym for other activities this year.

The City of Richmond has plans to include an outdoor street-style artisan area with the 2017 Canada Day event being planned in the village this year. 

Food Fair

Its all about the food! From our famous barbecue salmon and chow mein to great burgers and hot dogs! The majority 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!

2017 Food Fair intake is now closed.

Food Fair applications are by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for 2018, please send us a proposal beginning in January 2018.

For further information, email: foodfair@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

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

2017 Horticulture Show Package

For further information, email: horticulture@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

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.

2017 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 Kimono Demonstration by Tatsumi Dance Troupe
3:40pm – 4:10pm Ikebana Demonstration 

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
10:00am – 4:00pm
Japanese Doll Display
Landscapes of Injustice
Nikkei Museum and Archives
Powell Street Festival
Steveston Buddhist Temple

Seniors Lounge:
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.

2017 Main Stage Events (schedule subject to change)

Performer Bios are here
Noon – Salmon Festival Opening Ceremony and O CANADA!
12:25pm – Steveston Senior Drumming Circle
1:00pm – Urban Myth
2:30pm – Line 49
4:00pm – Thor
5:30pm – Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues

Emcee Doktor Strange
Evening DJ by Hot Wax Mobile Music

2017 Expression of Interest is now CLOSED. We are no longer responding to “late” enquiries due to the high volume of messages being received.
Artists interested in performance opportunities for 2018 should submit an expression of interest in January.

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
3:40pm – 4:10pm Aikido Demonstration

Pancake Breakfast

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! 

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Steveston, cost TBA – CASH ONLY


The Steveston Salmon Festival Parade attracts visitors from around the lower mainland and further across the Pacific Northwest. The Parade marches off at 10am 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!

2017 parade is now full and entries are closed. The 2017 package is available for reference purposes only.

2017 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: parade@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

parade route map

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 Market (and the winter Cannery Farmers Market) since 2011, Sweet Thea’s delicious pies are featured this year 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. Price subject to change.

Trade Show

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.

2017 Trade Show Exhibitor Package

Outdoor space for 2017 is sold out and wait-listed.

For further information, email: tradeshow@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Youth Festival

Salmon Festival 2017 is very excited to announce the opening of the Steveston Outdoor Pool for preteens and youths this year free of charge! In addition to the free swim, there will also be a youth barbeque, open court basketball, and inflatable games for youths to try all free of charge! Find us on the north field in and around the tennis courts and the Steveston Outdoor Pool.

Outdoor pool youth ages and times:
10-14 years old 1:00pm – 3:00pm
14-18 years old 3:30pm – 5:30pm