Two very different Metro Vancouver night markets are the ones in Richmond and Fort Langley. They both feature food trucks, music and lots of vendors.
The Richmond Night Market has been running for over 20 years, has an Asian theme and is famous for its food stalls and vendors selling imported products. It runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Fort Langley Night Market, meanwhile, has been running for just a couple of years, operates only on Fridays and features primarily artisan crafts.
The market in Richmond costs a few dollars for admission. The one in Fort Langley is free.
Weekend Night Markets in Vancouver
The Lower Mainland has had a number of night markets over the years. Ones that no longer happen are the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver and Illumination Night Market in Richmond. There also used to be the Surrey Night Market and a Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.
Night markets that still take place in Metro Vancouver are the Richmond Night Market and Fort Langley Night Market. There is also the Vancouver Christmas Market, but it’s just in the winter and runs all afternoon and evening from mid-November until Christmas Eve.
Richmond Night Market
The Richmond Night Market has a distinct Chinese theme and offers tasty Asian smells, music and imported things to buy. It takes place at 8351 River Road. The market attracts as many as 30,000 shoppers per weekend and boasts over 1,000,000 visitors a year.
The Richmond event is huge and quite the sight to see, with its hundreds of vendor stalls and crowds of people. In fact, it claims to be the largest night market in North America for the last dozen or so years running.
In years when it does operate, the Richmond Night Market costs about $5 and is open from 7 pm from mid-May until mid-October on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. It’s highly recommended – you’ll think that you’re in China!
In addition to dozens of food and market vendors, the Richmond venue is also home to a number of cool dinosaur displays (which helps make it fun for children).
North Vancouver’s Shipyard Night Market
North Vancouver also hosts an exceptional night market. It’s very different from the Richmond Night Market, but equally as impressive in its own way.
Whereas the Richmond market is amazing for all its Asian tastes, smells, sounds and products, the North Shore event has a beer garden, great live bands and views of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet. It also features farmers’ market-style vendors and dozens of food trucks selling every kind of food imaginable.
North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market takes place at Shipbuilders’ Square near Lonsdale Quay, just a short walk from the North Shore’s SeaBus terminal. It’s usually open on Friday evenings from May until September between 5 and 10 pm. In 2020, however, it never happened because of COVID-19. 2021 details are to be determined.
For information about the status of North Vancouver’s summer event on Friday evenings, see the Shipyards Night Market website.
Other Lower Mainland Markets
In addition to night markets, Vancouver and the surrounding region is also famous for its farmers markets. For a list of Lower Mainland farmers markets in alphabetical order, see Metro Vancouver’s Farmers Markets. For lists of farmers markets on specific days of the week, check out the following:
- Wednesday Farmers Markets: Downtown Vancouver, Surrey and Whistler.
- Thursday Farmers Markets: New Westminster, Port Coquitlam and False Creek.
- Saturday Farmers Markets: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Fort Langley, Haney, Squamish, Trout Lake and the West End.
- Sunday Farmers Markets: Ambleside, Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant, Steveston Village, White Rock and Whistler.
And for farmers markets taking place outside the summer season, check out Lower Mainland Winter Markets.
Vancouver Christmas Market
In addition to the above, there is also the Vancouver Christmas Market which runs from late November until just before Christmas. It takes place during the day too, but gets especially lively in the evenings.
The Vancouver Christmas Market obviously isn’t a summer market, but it is a night one, which is why we mention it here. It takes place at Jack Poole Plaza beside the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. Its theme is 100% Christmassy and definitely European.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Places for Shopping
- Vancouver Farmers Markets
- Lower Mainland Food Truck Festivals
- Vancouver’s Most Interesting Streets
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- Vancouver’s North Shore
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Free Outdoor Summer Concerts
- Vancouver Festivals and Events