As the nights get longer and temperatures get warmer, one of the best places to spend the evenings in Vancouver is at a summer night market. Delicious, deep fried food, cheap socks, and lots of other surprises are waiting for you.
This weekend and next, the summer night markets in Vancouver are opening up for the season, and while the Chinatown night market may be closed this year, you still have a great selection of other options around town, including:
Richmond Summer Night Market
It’s pretty hard to tell the difference between the two Richmond night markets, but this one tends to be more well known because of its huge space, great food booths, and… well… the giant duck.
The Richmond Summer Night Market gets quite busy on the weekend, with the lineup for hurricane potatoes stretching across the park. It’s a good idea to get there early or late if you want to avoid the crowds. This night market also offers rides, live entertainment, and tons of booths to shop from.
When: Open from 7pm-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm on Sundays from May 16th until October 13th
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond
Best way to get there: Take the Canada Line! Traffic is CRAZY around the night market and will be hard to get a spot. Take the Canada line to Bridgeport Station and walk over to the market (5 minutes).
Price of admission: $2.25 for general admission, free for seniors and children 10 and under
The International Summer Night Market
The International Summer Night Market tends to be known for its free admission and food booths. However, this year the market will be charging a $2 admission for adults.
A foodie’s dream come true, this night market offers tons of awesome selection to choose from, including: octopus balls, dragon’s beard, deep fried Mars bars, and more.
This year, the market has also added some new feature attractions, including a Panda Habitat (no idea whether they will be real pandas or not…), water walker, LED trees, and Richmond’s only mini-golf course.
When: Open from 7pm-midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm on Sundays from May 9th until September 14th
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way (behind Home Depot on Sweden Way)
Best way to get there: Parking is a bit better here, but could cost you $4-5. Otherwise, take the Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and grab the shuttle bus.
Price of admission: $2 for general admission, free for seniors and children under 48 inches tall
North Vancouver Night Market
If you’d rather not venture to Richmond for your night market fix, there’s a new kid in town on the summer night market scene just a short sea bus ride away from downtown. The North Vancouver Night Market is in a class of its own with over 15 food trucks, live music, around 100 vendors, and a beer garden with locally brewed beer on tap.
The North Vancouver Night Market is only held on Fridays from 5-10pm, but you can pack your evening in with lots of fun stuff in the suburbs.
When: 5-10pm on Fridays from May 2 to September 26
Where: Shipyards Plaza – 15 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Best way to get there: Take the seabus from downtown, bike or walk, this location is very accessible!
Price of admission: Free for all!