Celebrating BC and World Rivers Day: September 23, 2017
Presented by Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River.
RiverFest 2017 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.
New to RiverFest this year will be the launch of our brand new, world-class Working River Project exhibition. The Working River Project was launched in 2015 with the goal of telling the economic story of the living, working Fraser River through the FRDC’s sustainability lens.
RiverFest 2017 will also celebrate the stories of the Fraser in the context of Canada 150 and the contributions the River continues to make to this country.
Stay tuned for more information in the near future!
We wish to advise everyone attending RiverFest 2017 that staff and volunteer photographers will be snapping pictures and taking videos of all the fun everyone is having throughout the festival. Selected images will be used in promotional materials of future RiverFest events. Thank you for your support, and don't forget to bring your biggest smile!
How to Get Here
Festival goers are encouraged to take public transit, walk, or bike to the event. The Westminster Quay Boardwalk is just a quick 5-minute walk from the New Westminster skytrain station.
Need to drive? There will be free parking in the City’s Multi-level Parkade during RiverFest on Saturday, accessible off Columbia at 4th Street. Alternatively, the Rotary Club will be collecting donations for parking in the Inn at the Quay/River Market west parking lot.
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 2017 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.