Summer Night Market in Richmond Opens May 11, 2012

Summer Night Market in Richmond. Photo: Dana Lynch

Like practically everyone else in the Lower Mainland, I love our summer night market tradition: eating Pork Sui Mai with toothpicks, sharing twirled “Hurricane” potatoes, browsing cheap sunglasses after dark…. I love the intimacy and neighbourhood-feel of the Chinatown Night Market (opening for Summer 2012 on May 18) and I love the carnival-like, night-bazaar atmosphere and incredible selection of food at the enormous Summer Night Market in Richmond.

But this year, the massive Summer Night Market—the night market that’s been at 12631 Vulcan Way since 2008—will have some major competition: the “original” Richmond Night Market is re-opening on May 18 (at 8351 River Rd., near the River Rock Casino), and will have just as many vendors as the Summer Night Market.

Maybe that’s why the Summer Night Market is opening today, May 11—to get a jump on the competition!

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Summer Night Market in Richmond Opens May 11, 2012

Tale of Two Night Markets: Richmond Night Market vs. Summer Night Market 2012

Richmond Night Market. Photo: Target Event Production

Summer night markets—Asian-style night markets/bazaars with loads of food, discount retailers, and live entertainment—have become a must-visit tradition in the Lower Mainland. For many years, the biggest summer night market has been in Richmond, at 12631 Vulcan Way (near Ikea), but this year there’s a new twist: the “original” Richmond Night Market is back, which means there will be two (!) huge night markets in Richmond this summer, rather than one.

Confused? Then let me explain….

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Tale of Two Night Markets: Richmond Night Market vs. Summer Night Market 2012

Prizes, Discounts & More at Summer Night Market’s ‘Finale Weekend’

Photo: Summer Night Market in Richmond / Lions Communications Inc

Everyone in the Lower Mainland knows what an amazing attraction the Summer Night Market in Richmond (SNM) is; that’s why this Asian-style night bazaar attracts thousands nightly and is one of Vancouver’s most beloved summer traditions. But it may come as a surprise that the whole world is catching on to SNM’s greatness: the BBC recently rated it one of the Top 10 Night Markets in the World!

Whether you’ve been to the Summer Night Market a dozen times this summer or haven’t been at all (yet), this upcoming weekend is a must-visit. September 16 – 18 is the 2011 ‘Season Finale,’ and each night is packed with special events (along with the usual 300+ vendors), including discounts, prize giveaways and live performances.

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Prizes, Discounts & More at Summer Night Market’s ‘Finale Weekend’

5 Vancouver Summer Events Still Going in September

Butterfinger Deep Fried Cheesecake at the Summer Night Market in Richmond. Photo: Summer Night Market in Richmond / Lions Communications Inc.

Just as our summer weather is continuing past Labour Day (thankfully), so are a handful of Vancouver’s best summer events and activities. If you haven’t been to Bard on the Beach or the Summer Night Market in Richmond yet, you still have time to catch these summer favourites before they end for another year.

5 Vancouver Summer Events Still Going in September

1. Bard on the Beach
One of the Vancouver’s most famous summer traditions, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival—which stages its plays against the gorgeous backdrop of English Bay–continues through September 24, 2011.

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Richmond’s Summer Night Market Opens May 13, 2011

Summer Night Market in Richmon. Photo: Dana Lynch

It may seem hard to believe, given our unseasonable weather, but summer must be coming soon because one of the great summer-in-Vancouver traditions is about to open for the 2011 season: Richmond’s Summer Night Market opens this Friday, May 13!

There are few annual traditions as beloved by Vancouverites as the Summer Night Market in Richmond. For many locals, summer just isn’t complete without a trip to this huge, Asian-style night bazaar, a market so packed with food, vendors and entertainment that it attracts about two million visitors each year.

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Richmond’s Summer Night Market Opens May 13, 2011