Your Guide to the 2017 Summer Night Markets in Vancouver

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It wouldn’t be a summer in Vancouver without a trip to a night market. We’re lucky to be spoiled with choice in our city with three amazing and diverse night markets to choose from – all a short distance from Downtown. If it’s exotic food you’re looking for, the Richmond Night Market has over 100 booths to tempt your tastebuds. Partial to food trucks and beer gardens? North Vancouver might have your new favourite Friday night hang out. Rather see a market that truly lights up the night? The Illumination Night Market may be what you’re after.

We’ve put together the essential details you’ll need to know about each night market below. If you can’t decide which one to go to, why not check them all out!? But hurry, you only have three more months of summer left! (You know those months are going to fly by). Check out your guide to the 2017 summer night markets in Vancouver below:

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Your Guide to the 2017 Summer Night Markets in Vancouver

New Illumination Summer Night Market Debuts this May

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The summer is looking a lot brighter in Richmond this year with the introduction of the new “Illumination Market” that will replace last year’s Panda Market. The Illumination Night Market will feature the first ever, largest summer lighting show in North America with nine different themes, copious lanterns, and unprecedented scale. Various exquisite dazzling lanterns will be displayed throughout the market, weaving a colorful sparkling world.

The new market will debut this Friday, May 5, marking the start of night market season in Vancouver! The Illumination Night Market will be held behind Home-Depot, just west of Knight Street Bridge in Richmond. For the first weekend, May 5 – May 7, you can enjoy free admission to experience the new market for yourself!

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Signs of Summer: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Launches Friday, May 17

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The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market revamp is one of the most anticipated events on the 2013 Vancouver calendar. As you’ve probably heard from the buzz around town, Vancouver creative Ken Tsui and Bao Bei owner Tannis Ling have teamed up with the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association to revitalize the beloved 18-year-old market that takes place every summer, attracting 100,000 visitors to Keefer Street between Main and Columbia.

The grand opening is scheduled for June 1; the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market soft opening takes place this Friday, May 17. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait any longer to check out the new program.

What’s different about Vancouver Chinatown Night Market 2013? The organisers have worked hard to curate something distinctly Vancouver. While there’s no denying the super-size appeal of Vancouver’s younger summer night markets (Richmond Night Market and the International Summer Night Market) Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is going for a more original community flavour.  Expect a heady mix of old-meets-new including elements from traditional Chinatown markets, along with fresh vendors, an outside-of-the-box entertainment schedule, food trucks and more.

On the shopping front, Chinese artisan trinkets and assorted cheap knick knacks will appear along side stalls purveying vintage goods, records, artsy books/mags and other eclectic offerings. On the entertainment front, there’s Chinatown-themed storytelling via Rain City Chronicles, Mahjong Socials, Street Fighter II showdowns, ping pong, hip hop karaoke, Chinese opera, outdoor movies and a Night Vision Chinatown photography show. On the food front, the market will feature a regular food cart pod with Roaming Dragon, Vij’s Railway, Le Tigre, Tacofino, and Mogu. Beo Bei is organizing a Dumpling Cook Off.

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Signs of Summer: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Launches Friday, May 17