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


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.

Get the full Vancouver Chinatown Night Market schedule and vendor list after the jump.

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Posters from previous events, provided by Fortune Sound Club & HHK Karaoke

Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Event Schedule 2013:

June 1st – Chinatown Ping Pong Club
June 7th –  Okinawa Drummers / Seymour Taiko
June 8th – Raincity Chronicles
June 14th – Chinatown Ping Pong Club
June 15th – Sunday Service* / Vancouver Public Library / A Good Book Drive Storytime
June 21st – Chinatown Mahjong Social
June 22nd – Chinatown Outdoor Cinema: Iron Monkey
June 28th – Kingsgate Chorus
June 29th – Weekend Leisure Karaoke
July 5th – Night Visions: Projection Photo Show
July 6th – Hip Hop Karaoke
July 12th – Chinatown Ping Pong Club
July 13th – Chinatown Outdoor Cinema: The NeverEnding Story
July 19th – Project Limelight Variety Show
July 20th – Sonic Boom! Chinatown Street Fighter II Tournament
July 26th – Chinatown Mahjong Social
July 27th – Girls Rock Camp / Green Burrito Presents The Courtneys & The Shilohs
Aug. 2nd – TBA
Aug. 3rd – TBA
Aug. 9th – St James Music Academy & The Carnegie Community Center Presents…
Aug. 10th – TBA
Aug. 16th – Dumpling Weekend – Dumpling Cook Off
Aug. 17th – Dumpling Weekend – Demonstration / Eating & Making Contest
Aug. 23rd – TBA
Aug. 24th – TBA
Aug. 30th – TBA
Aug. 31st – Green Burrito Presents The High Drops & Gal Gracen
Sept. 6th – TBA
Sept. 7th – AM1320 Closing Ceremony

Expect more vendors soon. Current vendors include:

Aka Design General Store – fine goods & good finds
China Cloud – art, jewelry
Cocolico – artisanal sweet snacks
Collage Collage – kid’s arts supplies
Community Thrift and Vintage – sunglasses
Derek Gaw – laser cutting arts
Draw Me a Lion – unique colouring activities
Duchesse Vintage – vintage clothing and homeware
Espiritu Design Studio – ceramics
Hey Jude Vintage – vintage clothing
Kaffe Coffee – locally roasted Vietnamese coffee beans
Lissu – linen products
Mellifera Bees – artisanal honey
Olla Flowers – flower arrangements and plants
Paperbacknote – blank notebooks with original covers
Pearl Knits – fibre crafts
The Pie Shoppe – homemade pies
Poppytalk – rotating local art, design and crafts
Port Paper Co. – custom letterpress and fine paper goods
Project Space – books and magazines for creatives
Sharks and Hammers – apparel, art, candy
The Soap Dispensary – natural cleaning products and tools
Sugo Sauce – authentic Italian tomato sauce
SupaSnap – snapback hats
Sunday Morning Ice Cream – small batch locally made
We Are Local – rotating art, design and crafts
The Window – arts and crafts
Woo2cu – women’s apparal
Ystävä – accessories, jewelry

The 2013 Chinatown Night Market is currently offering stall rentals on a monthly basis, half or full season. If you would like more information please email:

The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6pm to 11pm May 17 through September 8, rain or shine. It’s located on Keefer Street between Main & Columbia.

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