For the Love of Chinatown – Don’t Miss the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Grand Opening June 1!

Vancover Chinatown Night Market. Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Instagram

Vancover Chinatown Night Market. Photo credit: Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Instagram

Something good is brewing in Chinatown. Can you feel it? Chinatown’s young creatives have teamed up with the Vancouver Chinatown Merchant’s Association to breathe new life into the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market. We don’t have to wait much longer to experience the revamp. The official Chinatown Night Market Grand Opening takes place this Saturday, June 1 from 6-11pm, on Keefer Street between Columbia and Main.

For those who grew up attending the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, set in Canada’s largest Chinatown, many of usual food and trinket vendors are returning. The new vendors joining them are adding a mish-mash of eclectic and handmade wares including vintage clothing, stationary, crafts, artisan ice cream and soap.

Foodwise, come hungry. There’s a Vancouver food truck pod every Saturday including Roaming Dragon, Vij’s Railway, Le Tigre, Tacofino, and Mogu. You can expect fried rice balls, Indian street food, dim sum 2.0, fish tacos and pork miso katsu sliders, respectively. Other food vendors of note include Winner Winner Chicken on Rice, who sell exactly what it sounds like they sell (plus special sauce), and The Pie Shoppe with seasonal sweet pastries.

To me, the most game-changing element to the revitalized Chinatown Night Market is the summer event schedule. You can read more about the full schedule of cultural events ranging from outdoor movies to storytelling in my post on the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market soft launch.

On June 1, the big event is the Chinatown Ping Pong Club. There will be tournaments, demonstrations and free play for all levels of experience. Continue reading:
For the Love of Chinatown – Don’t Miss the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market Grand Opening June 1!

5 Summer Events Still Going in September

Richmond Night Market runs until October 8, 2012. Photo credit: Richmond Night Market

Labour Day has come and gone but the sun is still shining and some of the best Vancouver summer events and activities are still taking place.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the tale of the two night markets in Richmond, check out the giant Douglas fir zipper at VanDusen Botanical Garden or watch Shakespeare on the beach, there’s still time.

5 Summer Events Still Going in September

1) Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, until Sept. 9
Of all the summer markets, the Chinatown Night Market has the most intimate, neighbourhood feel, set in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. From Dana’s coverage: “The colourful awnings of the Chinatown Night Market lead visitors from the bustling commercial districts of Chinatown to some of its most beloved landmarks, Continue reading:
5 Summer Events Still Going in September

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

New Night Market to Open in Richmond this Summer

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Greater Vancouver’s night market scene just got a little hotter.

A new Asian-style night market has been approved for this summer in Richmond, next to the River Rock Casino (see map below).  The Richmond Night Market opens May 18 and runs through Oct. 8, featuring 88 vendors serving authentic Asian cuisine, plus more than 200 vendors selling merchandise. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The new market joins the Lower Mainland’s two other existing night markets:  the Summer Night Market on nearby Vulcan Way in Richmond and the Chinatown Night Market on Keefer Street in downtown Vancouver.   The night market phenomenon, which caught on over the last decade, has grown into a summer staple for many Vancouverites: a unique chance to sample authentic Asian cuisine, browse “designer” goods from overseas and take in some live Asian pop or karaoke.

Details about the new Richmond Night Market are still emerging.  But it’s already got a few things going for it.  Continue reading:
New Night Market to Open in Richmond this Summer

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

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Summer Night Market in Richmond

Photo credit: Kiwinky on Flickr

It’s that time of year again.  The days are longer, the nights are warmer and, on the outskirts of Richmond, the fish balls are frying.   The city’s night market – modeled after traditional nighttime bazaars in Asia – opened up shop last Friday.  For those who’ve never experienced the madness first hand, Richmond’s market brings together merchants selling everything from samurai swords to knock-off sunglasses, vendors hawking decadent Asian street snacks and thousands of nightly visitors, all in an outdoor setting with a carnival atmosphere.

Running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through September, the market strikes just the right balance between kitsch, culture and cheap street food and is definitely worth a visit.  To get you in the mood for those fish balls, here are five reasons to visit the Summer Night Market in Richmond.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Summer Night Market in Richmond