Formerly known as the Panda Market and International Summer Night Market, the Illumination Summer Night Market is Richmond’s original Asian night market.
Richmond International Night Market
The International Summer Night Market was once named “One of the Top 4 Night Markets in the World” by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
In 2017 the Illumination Summer Night Market runs from May 5th until September 10th.
Market Admission Details
Located at 12631 Vulcan Way, the Illumination Summer Night Market is open from 7 pm until 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer, and until 11 pm on Sundays and holiday Mondays.
Unlike the nearby and larger Richmond Night Market, the International Summer Night Market used to be FREE. Unfortunately, though, that’s not the case anymore. As of 2017 the cost is $3, which is more than in the past, but still quite affordable.
The Illumination Summer Night Market isn’t quite as easily accessible by public transportation as its main competition, but there are free shuttle buses from the Bridgeport SkyTrain Station so it’s still fairly convenient.
What to See at the Market
Food and Market Goods: At the Illumination Summer Night Market there are vendors selling everything from plastic phone cases to cheap sunglasses to Asian-imported clothing. There is also a large selection of food stalls selling all kinds of tasty Asian foods including bubble teas, curly potato chips on a stick and fried octopus.
Market Entertainment: Most evenings at the market there is live entertainment. Sometimes it’s pretty good, including performances by local amateur bands, singers, dancers and other entertainers waiting to be discovered or just having fun.
Market Activities for Kids: The International Summer Night Market is smart to provide a variety of activities for children, which makes it a good family-friendly place. There are Orb Walker balls you can climb inside on a pool of water, plus a small midway with games of skill and chance.
For more information check out the Summer Night Market website.
For details on other similar places, including markets in North Vancouver and Surrey, check out Vancouver Night Markets.