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Shipyard Market at Shipbuilders' Square

Two interesting markets take place on Fridays in the Lower Mainland. One is Vancouver’s Mercato Italian Market and the other is the Shipyard Night Market.

Friday Markets in Metro Vancouver

There are two main markets that take place on Fridays – the Mercato Italian Market in Vancouver and the Shipyard Night Market in North Vancouver. In addition to these, however, there is also the Asian-themed Richmond Night Market. It takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the summer.

The Mercato Italian Market takes place on just one Friday each month from June until August and then again in November. As its name suggests, it has an Italian theme.

The Shipyard Night Market, meanwhile, takes place weekly on the North Shore and is like a farmers market on steroids – complete with beer garden, live concerts, dozens of food trucks and huge crowds on busy nights. It’s awesome and one of our favourites.

Mercato Italian Market

The Mercato Italian Market occurs outdoors on just the third Friday of the month in Vancouver during the summer, which means June 15, July 13 and August 17 in 2018.

The market is also open one more time, indoors and with a Christmas theme, each year in November. In 2018 the Italian Christmas market takes place on November 23.

On the above days the market takes place from 5 pm until 9 pm at 3075 Slocan Street.

Click Mercato Italian Market for further details.

Italian Market Crowds
Mercato Italian Market

Shipyard Night Market

The Shipyard Night Market takes place at Shipbuilders’ Square near Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Its address is 138 Victory Ship Way which is near the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue.

The North Vancouver market includes farmers’ market-type stalls selling everything from fresh produce and homemade baked goods and preserves. As mentioned above, it also has a beer garden, plus a wide selection of food trucks and great live music.

If you like farmers markets and live music and don’t mind crowds, then the Shipyard Night Market is highly recommended.

Most years the Shipyard Night Market runs from the first Friday in May until the end of September.

Click Shipyard Night Market for more information.

Lower Lonsdale Night Market
Shipyards Night Market

Other Farmers Markets on Different Days

For an extensive list of farmers markets in other parts of the Lower Mainland throughout the week, check out Metro Vancouver’s Farmers Markets. Or, for farmers markets on specific days, check out the following:

Also, check out Lower Mainland Winter Markets for farmers markets taking place in the late fall, winter and early spring.

Farmers Market Tomatoes
Farmers Market Produce

Weekend Night Markets

In addition to the above two night markets with farmers’ market themes, an additional night market on Friday evenings in the summer is the Richmond Night Market which is very interesting, but definitely not a farmers’ market.

At the Richmond market, instead of rows of stalls selling fresh produce, homemade jams and handmade jewellery, expect tasty Asian smells, Asian music and stuff made overseas. The Richmond venue too is amazing, but in its own way.