RiverFest 2022!

The FRDC is excited to announce the return of RiverFest for its 20th year!

Presented by the Global Container Terminals, RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival that takes place from Sept 20th to 25th!


To celebrate World Rivers Day and BC Rivers Day, the Discovery Centre is planning online workshops and a weekend of community spirit, talented performances, and family-friendly activities!


Please note that all in-person, indoor activities at the FRDC are facemask mandatory. We thank you for your understanding as we work to keep everyone safe. Click HERE to read our Visitor Code of Conduct.

September 20th to 25th

Online Events & Family Programs

During the week, you can look forward to engaging online and outdoor activities hosted by watershed-based community organizations.

More details coming soon!

Birds of the Fraser River                                            September 20th

Did you know that the Fraser River estuary is an important home for millions of migratory and resident birds? To discuss why these amazing animals are so important for the health of the Fraser watershed, we are delighted to welcome back ornithologist, author, filmmaker, and artist Dr. Rob Butler. Registration coming soon for this free Zoom presentation (donations appreciated).


Small Boat Rendezvous                                           September 24th

The Vancouver Wooden Boat Society will have an open house and wooden boat display on Saturday, September 24th at Sapperton Park. There will be a kid’s boat building area and various hands-on demonstrations. 

Registration coming soon!




Guided Quayside Tours – Presented by Parkland                  September 24th & 25th

Join our river educators on September 24th & 25th as we take a stroll down the New West boardwalk along BC’s longest river! The Fraser River is a busy place; learn about the biodiversity, commerce, and culture going on around us on our guided Quayside Walking Tour! Suitable for all ages.  

Registration coming soon!

Family Fun Zone! – presented by Loren Nancke                    September 24th & 25th 

Join us at the Centre from 10:00am – 4:00pm for the Family Fun Zone! Activity stations will be located throughout the building and admission is free for this weekend.

More details coming soon!





River Basin Explorer Day!                                              September 25th

Head outside and discover the wonders of the Fraser Watershed on Sunday, September 25th! Together, we will find new ways to connect with our natural surroundings with activities and games!

More details coming soon!




Celebrate BC Rivers Day with Rivershed Society of BC!    September 25th

Sunday, September 25th will see the Rivershed Society of BC ending their canoe journey down the length of the Fraser River. Join us at the Paddlewheeler Riverboat dock to see their canoes off, then wander back to the FRDC to learn more about the rivershed with family friendly activities!

More details coming soon!

Saturday, September 24th

New West Boardwalk

With musical performances, exhibitor booths, and interactive activities, there’s so much for you and your family to enjoy on September 24th!

Check out the program below for the day’s events!

Outdoor Exhibitor Expo & Arts Council of New Westminster Market           

Soak up the sights as you stroll along the New Westminster Quay, where exhibitors will share their expertise and makers will showcase their exquisite skills and wares.

In addition, the New Westminster Museum and Archives will open the Samson V Museum for visitors to interact with maritime community members aboard the vessel!

Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade – presented by Ledcor         

The Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade makes its triumphant return! Find a good place to watch the water on Saturday afternoon as vessels from a variety of companies and organizations cruise by and are introduced by event staff. This is a great opportunity to learn about just a few of the 42,000 jobs that the Fraser supports!

Sturgeon Stage

As you walk along the quay, you can enjoy a variety of performances and artists from across the Lower Mainland, who will be sharing their talents throughout the day. They are sure to delight and inspire!

Katari Taiko – 11am

Taiko are a broad range of Japanese percussion drums seen today as a means of cultural celebration and expression. As the first Taiko group to form in Canada, Katari Taiko hopes to inspire other Asian Canadians to explore their community and culture! Katari is committed to aiding the revival and development of the Japanese Canadian community, and have supported both Japanese festivals as well as broader community issues, such as the peace movement and native land claims.

Instagram: @KatariTaiko
Twitter: @KatariTaiko


Andy the Musical Scientist – 12pm

Andrew Kim is a musician/inventor with over 30 years’ experience studying music from various cultures. As Andy the Musical Scientist, he has created his own unique inventions, the Moroccan hockey stick, Persian paddle, African skateboard, Singing spoon, and various others. Participate in Andy’s live instrument creation as he illuminates the magic of science in music!

Facebook: Andy the Musical Scientist



Tsatsu Stalqayu – 1pm

Tsatsu Stalqayu translated into English means Coastal Wolf Pack. A traditional Salish song and dance group, the group consists of over 25 male and female members of a single family, from age 6 months to over age 50. The members of the group with pride represent the following Coast Salish communities: Musqueam, Squamish, Tsartlip, Nanaimo and more.  This breadth of membership along with the multigenerational performers gives their audiences a sense of belonging to this, the hereditary lands of the Coast Salish people.

Instagram: @CoastalWolfPack1
Facebook: Coastal Wolf Pack


Royal Academy of Punjab – 3pm

In 2012, a group of dedicated arts and Punjabi culture enthusiasts created a professional bhangra organization. Royal Academy of Punjab continues to raise the platform of Punjabi Folk Arts through quality programming and events as well as collaborations with the broader community to create awareness and opportunities for fusion, exploration and connection. Delight in their bhangra performance and learn a move or two!

Instagram: @RoyalAcademyOrg
Twitter: @RoyalAcademyOrg

Global Container Terminals

RiverFest 2022 is made possible by the generous support of Global Container Terminals, the City of New Westminster, Ledcor Group, Loren Nancke, Parkland, Global BC, and Rivershed Society of BC.