Richmond Maritime Festival Re-Imagined 2021 returns to Britannia Shipyards

Richmond Maritime Festival Re-Imagined returns to the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021. The 18th annual festival will be open on both days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for in-person visits. An interactive map will also be online for those who prefer to participate virtually.

The two-day event will bring back to life the rich, nautical history of the shipyard. The eight-acre site will feature a selection of roving performers, including wood carvers, model boat builders, storytellers, drummers and even the beloved puppets Lulu the Mermaid and Rikki the Rat. Down at Britannia’s 190-metre-long (600-foot) dock, visitors will get an opportunity to admire a flotilla of wooden boats up close. Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic blanket or enjoy the offerings of our food vendors while taking in the sights and sounds.

This year’s list of artists and performers who will be on site includes: the Cannery Mermaids, Cartoon Katie, Glen Anderson, Imagniac, Ming Yeung, Pat Chessel, Paul Silveria, ReeVay, Richmond Carvers, Steveston Maritime Modellers, The Seabillys, The Wild Moccasin Dancers and many more.

Food vendors include Salty’s Lobster Shack, Aloha Poke, Fusion Icy, Mama’s Fish & Chips, Tokyo Katsu-Sand and Shameless Buns (Saturday only).

Throughout the festival hours, the entire Historic Site will be open to the public and visitors will be able to discover surprises around every corner. Visitors are encouraged to book time-based entry to visit the Seine Net Loft, the boat docks and the Britannia Shipyard building in advance. A limited number of walk-up spots will be available.

The City of Richmond is fully committed to operating safely and working to ensure all Provincial Health Orders and recommendations are followed. Please stay home if you are sick, respect personal space while at the Festival and bring your mask as it will be required inside the buildings.

Nautical buffs looking for a virtual experience can explore the festival’s new interactive map at, available from August 21 to 22. The map will include videos and content about the history of Steveston, stories about the Britannia Shipyards and much more.


The Richmond Maritime Festival is presented by the City of Richmond, Richmond Arts Coalition, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site Society and Anigraph Productions with funding support from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant program.

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Source:  City of Richmond