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Free family fun this weekend at Richmond Maritime Festival

03 August 2016

Maritime Fest MatineeA salty stew of music, artists and wooden boats will be served up at the 13th annual Richmond Maritime Festival this weekend. Presented by Port of Vancouver, the annual festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors to the Britannia Shipyards, located on the Steveston waterfront.

“Richmond's rich maritime history plays an important role in our how our region came to be” says Duncan Wilson, Port of Vancouver’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, “This festival provides an opportunity for the community to learn about its roots and we're proud to sponsor this family event. See you this weekend!”

Maritime Festival visitors will be entertained by loads of live music, roving performers, visual artists, stilt walkers, puppets, storytellers and dancers. A quirky cast of sea creatures and characters, including mermaids, pirates, wharf rats and more, will be found wandering the festively-decorated site or inhabiting its nooks and crannies.

Kids of all ages can also entertain themselves with a wide variety of arts and crafts activities and demonstrations from knitting a tree cosy to building your own wooden ship. There’s also a fleet of food trucks to fuel your creative appetites.

This year’s festival highlights include wooden boat displays coordinated by the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society throughout the site, as well as a free Saturday night concert on the YVR Community Stage featuring The Matinee and the Myrtle Family Band.

Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Site’s 190-metre long dock will be animated with a flotilla of beautiful and historic boats and ships available for viewing and boarding. Visitors can also tour Britannia’s many historic buildings spread across the scenic 3.5 hectare waterfront site.

The Richmond Maritime Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7. Admission is free. For more details, visit the festival website at .

The Richmond Maritime Festival, presented by Port of Vancouver, is produced in collaboration with the Richmond Arts Coalition and the City of Richmond. The festival is made possible thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage. Additional sponsors include Main Stage Sponsor Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Community sponsors are Canadian Western Bank, Fraser Surrey Docks, Fraser River Industrial Association and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society. Media Sponsors are CTV, QM/FM, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Miss 604 and 102.7 The Peak.