EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in attending RiverFest 2017 as an exhibitor. Every year, RiverFest welcomes about 15 governmental and non-profit organizations to the waterfront to showcase their organization’s mandate and provide interactive programming to festival goers, as part of our Exhibitor Expo.

RiverFest is a fantastic festival to showcase your organization, with average attendance between 2014 and 2016 totalling about 10,000 total visitors per year. In 2017, the 15th edition of RiverFest will expand once more and we invite you to be involved in one of Metro Vancouver’s biggest celebration of the Fraser River.

Exhibitors provide programming related to the Fraser River, its regions and people. Organizations that attend RiverFest are diverse in scope, and range from water-related entities, conservation and sustainability groups, to museums and historical societies. Each of these organizations’ mandates and programming embody one or more of the FRDC’s three pillars: the environmental, social and economic importance of the Fraser and its regions.

RiverFest 2017 will also be shining a light on the stories of industry on the River (the Working River), and the Fraser’s contributions to the country, in celebration of Canada 150. Exhibitors should think about how they can integrate these themes into their programming.

Background

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 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 components that highlight and celebrate the environmental, economic and socio-cultural importance of the Fraser River.