RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day
RiverFest 2019 – Music, Art and More!
RiverFest 2019 returns for its 17th year! Presented by the Port of Vancouver, RiverFest 2019 returns for its 17th year! Presented by the Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a week long FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy fall along the mighty Fraser River. This year, we will continue to 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 schedule for this year’s event includes:
Wednesday, September 18th (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) - a special RiverFest edition of FRDC’s curriculum-based RiverSchool! Three lucky elementary schools have been chosen to take part again this year.
Thursday September 19th (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) - New Westminster Arts Council's Pop-up Art exhibition, with this year’s theme being “The Working River and its Natural Environment.”
Friday, September 20th (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) - *click* photos of the fraser exhibit unveiling at 4:00 pm. This year’s theme is “Life on the Fraser.”
Saturday, September 21st (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) - RiverFest 2019 concludes with a full day of fun for the whole family, including the Family Fun Zone inside the FRDC (sponsored by Bosa), live music featuring Juno award winning artists Bobs and Lolo, Artisans on the River (with New West Craft) and the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade (sponsored by Ledcor).
September 21st schedule (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Mayor's Welcome to RiverFest (12:50 pm)
Artisan Market (New West Craft)
FRDC Family Fun Zone!
Samson V Maritime Museum (12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
On the Stage: Bobs & LoLo (11:30 am - 2:00 pm)
On the River: Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
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.
Thank You to Our Sponsors and Partners
We wish to thank all our sponsors for their financial and in-kind support. Without their support, this free, family-friendly festival would not be possible. Thank you to: