Night markets are a summer tradition in Vancouver drawing crowds of thousands of people, locals and tourists alike, every weekend. Generally open from mid-May through September, these night markets feature hundreds of vendors, with dozens of food stalls or food trucks offering a variety of international and entertainment.
There are three major summer night markets in Metro Vancouver: the Richmond Night Market, the Illumination Night Market), and the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver. Use this Guide to Summer Night Markets in Vancouver to compare the night markets and get all the must-have info before your visit.
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Richmond Night Market
Richmond (the city just south of Vancouver) has long been home to the biggest summer night market in the Lower Mainland. In 2012, it became home to two of the biggest night markets, one of which is the Richmond Night Market, located on the waterfront near the River Rock Casino.
The Richmond Night Market features over 80 food stalls and 200+ vendors. Like the other night market in Richmond (the International Summer Night Market, see below), it attracts thousands every weekend and is a huge, fun, sprawling delight. But it is unique, too, in several ways: it is accessible via Canada Line and it has a few amusement park rides and other family-friendly activities.
This year's theme is 'The Amazing Summer', with special shows and attractions themed around this concept.
When: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays after September 2 and stat holidays, May 10 to early October, 2019.
Where: 8351 River Rd, Richmond, BC
Admission: $3.75; free for seniors and kids under 10 (TBD).
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Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver
North Vancouver's Shipyards Night Market has more of a farmers-market-at-night atmosphere than the night markets in Richmond. At the Shipyards Night Market, there are dozens of food trucks, live music, a beer garden, and local products for sale from more than 100 BC artisans, bakers, and farmers, including jewelry, clothing, plants, produce, and organic meats. The Shipbuilders' Stage features live music until 10pm every Friday and the beer garden is open for 19+.
When: Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 3 to September 27, 2019
Where: 15 Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver