(This story is sponsored by the City of Richmond.)
Anyone who has yet to make plans for the Labour Day long weekend should be sure to add the Richmond World Festival to their calendar. Now in its fifth year, the two-day event—produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings—is a celebration of music, food, and culture from around the world.
Thousands of fans from across Metro Vancouver are expected to attend the festival, taking place at Minoru Park (7191 Granville Avenue) on August 30 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and August 31 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. With more than 100 artists on eight stages, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Better still, admission is free and it is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from the Brighouse Canada Line SkyTrain station.
In addition to the stellar lineup of entertainment, this year’s festival sees the return of the ever-popular FEASTival of Flavours. More than 60 of the region’s best food trucks will be onsite, where hungry guests can experience different cultures through a variety of delectable bites.
Attendees should also be ready to enjoy performances by a selection of chart-topping Canadian headliners, making the Richmond World Festival the must-see festival of the summer.
On Friday, alternative-radio mainstay Bedouin Soundclash will be starting the party with its distinctive reggae-pop sound. On Saturday, the Juno-award-winning Strumbellas will take the stage, singing the smash-hit single “Spirits”, along with other current and new songs.
Alice rose to fame with her 2015 breakout summer song, “Jackpot”, which was certified platinum in Canada. Since then, her songs have received more than 100 million streams, including the singles “Still Wondering”, “I Know”, and “Bound to You”.
Neon Dreams has experienced huge success since first hitting the airwaves in 2014. The beautiful melodies and emotional chords have earned the band a Canadian Radio Music Award for best new group a performance at the Juno Awards, its own Warner Music-backed record label, and even a spot on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s summer Spotify playlist.
The reach of talent at Richmond World Festival extends far beyond the borders of Canada. Audiences at this year’s event will also enjoy performances by imports that include Veronica Fusaro from Switzerland and Quinta Kalavera from Mexico.
Many community-based cultural groups and dance troupes will take the stage, along with colourful performances taking place as entertainers roam the festival site.
Look out for the new Africa Zone, which will feature amazing artists, fun activities, and a variety of vendors showcasing everything from batiks to bolga baskets. In the Africa Pavilion, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy a drumming demonstration led by Ezeadi Onukwulu. Other cultural pavilions at this year’s festival will represent China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan.
Don’t miss the chance to experience a two-day adventure around the globe—right in Richmond’s back yard.
Richmond World Festival takes place at Minoru Park (7191 Granville Avenue) on Friday (August 30) from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday (August 31) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, festival lineup, and things to do, visit the website at richmondworldfestival.com/ or follow @RichmondWorldFest on Facebook and Instagram, using hashtag #RichmondWorldFest.