Vancouver Night Markets Open for the 2015 Summer Season!

Vancouver Night Market 2015

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You know it’s officially summer time when the Vancouver night markets open up again for the season. This Friday the two extremely popular Richmond Night Markets are opening up just in time for the May long weekend.

Thousands of people crowd to each of these night markets (plus the ones in North Vancouver and Downtown) every weekend in the summer for good reason. The food is mouth-wateringly delicious (if you know what to get) and the experience is something worth writing home about!

Without further ado, here’s our 2015 edition of the Essential guide to the Vancouver Night Markets this summer:

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Vancouver Night Markets Open for the 2015 Summer Season!

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Doors Open Vancouver, Hawker’s Market, Water’s Edge Days and Toronto Raptors basketball game are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Yes, the days are getting shorter–but that just means more bright lights at the Richmond Night Market, which continues until October 13. And keep in mind that sunset (around 7:15 p.m.) is a great time at the market to watch the jets descending into nearby YVR Airport.

While you may have already tried some of the market’s awesome food options, there are plenty more good eats to explore. Here are five that caught my eye on my recent visit.

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Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

5 Foods to Try at a Vancouver Night Market this Summer

Richmond Night Market Vancouver

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The night markets in Vancouver are a summer staple with thousands of people flocking to buy cheap socks, knock-off sunglasses, and cell phone cases. But, we all know what the night markets in Vancouver are really about… the food! Weird food, cheap food, and lots of deep-fried goodness!

While the North Vancouver night market is making a valiant effort in providing amazing food choices (from 20+ food truck vendors), the Richmond night markets (International Summer Night Market and Richmond Night Market) are already well-established for their huge variety of food vendors. But, what should you be saving space in your stomach for? We’ve got 5 awesome foods you’ve gotta try if you head to the night markets in Vancouver this summer.

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5 Foods to Try at a Vancouver Night Market this Summer

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

A goodbye – things that make me love Vancouver

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It’s with a heavy that I say this will be my last post for Inside Vancouver. Work is taking me out east, to Toronto. And while TO is technically my hometown and place of birth, Vancouver is where my heart is happiest and where I truly feel at home. And on that note, I present to you a list of the things that make me love this city with a passion I never knew was possible until the moment I stepped foot here more than 10 years ago.

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A goodbye – things that make me love Vancouver