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The highly anticipated Steveston Salmon Festival offers can’t-miss Canada Day fun

This year’s event is slated to be a grand celebration of the spirit of the community

The Steveston Community Society, the Richmond Agricultural Industrial Society and the City of Richmond are excited to announce the return of the 76th annual Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1st, 2023, including the popular Canada Day parade!

Spanning from Britannia Shipyards to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, this year’s festival boasts the slogan “It’s About Community” and will feature live music, exhibitions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. 

The Steveston Salmon Festival is a full-day family event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here’s what festival-goers can expect from the return of the popular community gathering in addition to the Canada Day parade starting at 10 a.m.

Kids’ Bike Parade

The Kids' Bike Parade is a fun opportunity for children to be cheered on by awaiting crowds along the Canada Day parade route before the floats take off. Starting at 9:30 a.m., children can show off their decorated bikes and skills.

Delicious food

Community food stations will feature an array of locally made cuisine for all tastes. Photo via: Steveston Salmon Festival.

The famous Steveston Salmon Bake returns with pre-order sales from June 9th to June 20th (walk up orders will be available until they sell out on July 1)! Traditional chow mein booth will be on-site, dishing out delicious noodles while supplies last. And the community food stations will feature an array of locally made cuisine for all tastes. A variety of local food vendors will be participating, including food trucks and local community groups.

Japanese Cultural Show

The Japanese Cultural Show pays tribute to the Japanese Canadian community's invaluable contributions to Steveston. This annual highlight of the Steveston Salmon Festival showcases its rich heritage. 

Between 12:30-4pm, visit the Steveston Martial Arts Centre Judo Hall for martial arts demonstrations, see traditional Japanese cultural arts and performances in the Kendo Hall of the Martial Arts Centre, including Ikebana, Bonsai, Calligraphy, Koto and Shamisen and stop by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre where community groups will be offering displays, crafts and activities.

Marketplace and trade show

Discover the vibrant marketplace with 18,000 square feet of exhibit space. Engage with local vendors selling their one-of-a-kind artisan products.

Spirit of Steveston

This entertainment zone will feature live performances from noon until 5 p.m. Spectators can enjoy live performers on stage or through roving performances. Welcome Ceremony will be at 12:35 p.m.

Sammy’s Fun Zone

Head to Bouncy Town for inflatable fun and exciting carnival games. Photo via: Steveston Salmon Festival.

Families with young children won't want to miss out on Sammy's Fun Zone, located in Steveston Community Centre Playground. Enjoy captivating performances, create Steveston-inspired buttons, face painting, and colour Steveston bookmarks provided by MLA Kelly Greene. Afterwards, head to Bouncy Town in the East green space of the RCMP station for inflatable fun and exciting carnival games.

Alternate transportation

Plan ahead for road closures in and around the festival grounds. A complimentary shuttle from Richmond City Hall and West Richmond Community Centre and the Wheel Watch (bike storage) will also be available. See the website for details.


Steveston Salmon Festival promotes community and sustainability. As such, it will follow Richmond's Sustainable Event initiative, reducing waste, encouraging smart water choices, clean transportation, and compostable cutlery. Richmond's Green Ambassadors will be on-site helping event attendees properly dispose of their waste and emphasizing the importance of environmental respect and waste reduction.

This year’s festival is ramping up to be the best yet. You won’t want to miss it!

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