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.
Richmond Night Market
Richmond (the city just south of Vancouver) has long been home to the biggest summer night market in the Lower Mainland. The Richmond Night Market is located on the waterfront near the River Rock Casino.
The Richmond Night Market usually features around 120 food stalls and more than 200 vendors. 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.
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 and the beer garden is open for people over 19.