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 May.

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.

2017 Registration information will be posted in the spring of 2017

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 Cosom Hockey
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 TBA)


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. Registration in formation will be made available in the spring. Please visit the city’s website for further information.

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 applications are by invitation only. If you wish to be considered, please send us a proposal .

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, & calligraphy displays
12:30pm Bonsai demonstration by Tat Fukuda
1:05pm Japanese Tea Ceremony
1:40pm Koto Performance
2:15pm Japanese Odori (dancing)
2:50pm Kimono demonstration/talk
3:40pm 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
3:40pm – 4:10pm Aikido Demonstration

Japanese Canadian Cultural Center
10:00am – 4:00pm
Nikkei Museum Display
Powell Street Festival Display
Kami ningyo (Japanese Paper Doll) Display
Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Display
Japanese Doll display
Steveston Buddhist Temple display
Nikkei Seniors Health Display
Origami table – Japanese Language School
Japanese Seniors Crafts

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 (2017 line-up TBC)
Noon – Salmon Festival Opening Ceremony and O CANADA!

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 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
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! 
2017 host and cost TBA


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 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

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 and a bun. A must-have treat! $15 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 is in high demand and previous vendors are grandfathered therefore space availability may be limited. All vendors applying for an outdoor space will be wait-listed pending availability. We encourage vendors to submit an application for an indoor space as a back-up plan, but please indicate on your application form if you wish to be considered for an outdoor space should one become available.

For further information, email: tradeshow@stevestonsalmonfest.ca

Youth Festival

2016 saw the return of an entirely new Youth Festival featuring retro video games, a graffiti wall, DJ, Youth concession, frisbee golf and many more activities for youth! Find us on the north field in and around the outdoor tennis courts! Plans for 2017 will get underway in January; any youth who want to join the planning team should contact our Youth Coordinator at the community centre!