Celebrating BC and World Rivers Day: September 22, 2018 | 11am-5pm
RiverFest 2018 – Music, Art and More!
RiverFest 2018 returns for its 16th year! Presented by the Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. The main festival day will take place on on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11 am – 5 pm.
RiverFest 2018 will build on past festivals to ensure informative and enjoyable family entertainment, including vendors whose products embody the Fraser, a diverse assortment of exhibitors, children’s activities, and live music.
The week-long event starts on Wednesday, September 19th with a special RiverFest edition of FRDC’s curriculum-based RiverSchool for three lucky elementary school classes. That is followed the next day by our *click* photos of the fraser exhibit unveiling, whose photograph theme this year is Movement. The climax of the week is Saturday, which will include the Family Fun Zone (inside the FRDC), Artisans on the River (with New West Craft), the Samson V Maritime Museum, the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade and the launch of the newest addition to the Journey Through the Working River Exhibit – Within the Hidden River, which is supported through the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program.
We wish to advise everyone attending RiverFest 2018 that staff and volunteer photographers will be snapping pictures and taking videos of all the fun everyone is having throughout the festival. Selected images will be used in promotional materials of future RiverFest events. Thank you for your support, and don't forget to bring your biggest smile!
How to Get Here
Festival goers are encouraged to take public transit or walk to the event. The Westminster Quay Boardwalk is just a quick 5-minute walk from the New Westminster skytrain station.
Need to drive? There will be free parking in the City’s Multi-level Parkade during RiverFest on Saturday, accessible off Columbia at 4th Street. Alternatively, the FRDC will be collecting donations for parking in the east Bosa parking lot.
Established in 1980, BC Rivers Day is a province-wide event that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to more than 100 local events each year. The success of this event in British Columbia led to the establishment of World Rivers Day in 2005, and on the last weekend of September, countries worldwide will come together to celebrate the many values of our waterways.
In 2003, the Fraser River Discovery Centre hosted its first festival on the New Westminster riverfront in honour of the Fraser River. Since its inception, the festival has continued to grow steadily with new and exciting components that highlight and celebrate the environmental, economic, and socio-cultural importance of the Fraser River. RiverFest 2018 will build on past festivals to ensure informative and enjoyable family entertainment, including: vendors whose products embody the Fraser, a diverse assortment of exhibitors, children’s activities, and live music.