The Asian-themed Richmond Night Market is Metro Vancouver’s biggest and most amazing night market, and the largest of its kind in North America.
With hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors each weekend, it’s a sight to be seen!
THE CIRCUS IS COMING!
The Royal Canadian International Circus is coming to the Lower Mainland! It’s in Surrey from June 23rd until June 26th and then in Richmond from June 30th until July 3rd. It’s an exceptional circus and highly recommended! It’s also very affordable, especially when you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES to get 2-for-1 general admission tickets!
Richmond’s Giant Asian Night Market
The Richmond Night Market used to be one of two night markets in Richmond, with the other being the slightly smaller Illumination Summer Night Market located just a short drive away (but no longer running as of 2018).
The still existing Richmond Night Market is open most years from the second weekend in May until the Thanksgiving Weekend in October. In 2020 it planned to run from mid-May until October. However, the market was eventually cancelled due to COVID-19. After well over a year on the shelf, the market returned on July 23rd in 2021. It ran until September later that year.
The 2022 Richmond Night Market season runs from April 29th to October 10th.
The Richmond Night Market is definitely one of Metro Vancouver’s best places in general, but especially for shopping, East Asian culture and Oriental festival-style foods. It’s the closest thing to an authentic Asian night market outside Asia, and highly recommended (unless you don’t like crowds or Asian food).
There is sometimes live entertainment on the market’s Main Stage. The performances can range from dance to martial arts to music and more. As of early May, 2022, there is not a listed schedule for the live shows. Check the Richmond Night Market website for the most up to date information.
Admission and Location
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Richmond Night Market is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from around early May to Thanksgiving. It features dozens of ethnic food stalls, millions of Chinese-made trinkets and gadgets, Asian clothing and tons of energy.
On Fridays in 2022 the market runs from 7 pm until midnight. Saturday hours are from 6 pm until midnight and Sunday hours are from 7 pm until 11 pm.
Admission in 2022 costs $6 for people ages 7 to 59, which for what you get is quite reasonable. Children under age 7 and adults ages 60+ get in for free.
There is also the Express Pass (formerly known as the Zoom Pass). This VIP ticket allows users to skip the line and enter through an express entry when they arrive at the market. The pass costs $35 in 2022 and is valid for six visits, which means you save a dollar or so if you go that many times. It’s also transferable so can be shared with friends or family.
The Richmond Night Market’s address is 8351 River Road. It’s close to the Bridgeport SkyTrain station and River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO RICHMOND!
The Royal Canadian International Circus is at Lansdowne Mall in Richmond on June 30th to July 3rd in 2022. Before that, it’s also in Surrey on June 23rd to 26th.
It’s a very good and affordable circus. Also, if you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES you’ll get 2-for-1 pricing on general admission!
Dinosaurs at the Market
For the last few years the Richmond Night Market has been home to the Magical Dino Park and its 18 or so moving, roaring and life-like dinosaurs.
At the market there’s a brachiosaurus, stegosaurus, T Rex, velociraptor, triceratops and other giant prehistoric lizard-like creatures to see.
The dinosaurs are a great addition to the market that children especially enjoy.
TIP: If you like prehistoric creatures, then 2022 is a great year to be in the Lower Mainland. A number of dinosaur exhibitions are touring the area including Jurassic Quest which sets up in both Vancouver and Abbotsford in May. For details click Vancouver Dinosaur Exhibits and Events.
Night Market Tips
Below is some advice to help you make the most out of your visit to the Richmond Night Market.
TIP #1: Try to arrive early to get parking right at the site and before the lineup at the ticket counters gets too ridiculous.
TIP #2: If you plan to visit the Richmond Night Market several times over the course of the summer, in addition to the Zoom Pass, consider getting a Sweet Deals Coupon Book at either the entrance or inside at the information booth. Inside the book are dozens of coupons for discounts at the market’s various retail and food vendor merchants.
TIP #3: If you like summer night markets then definitely also check out the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver. It takes place on Friday evenings just a short walk from the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus Terminal. The market includes food trucks, artisan vendors, a beer garden and nightly concerts. It’s a classy event, tremendously popular, and free! (Note: The Shipyards Night might not happen in 2022. Exact details, however, are to be confirmed.)
Check out the Richmond Night Market’s official website for more information.
For details on other similar places, including the market in North Vancouver, check out Vancouver Night Markets.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Places for Shopping
- The City of Richmond
- Richmond’s Best Restaurants
- Lower Mainland History & Culture
- Best Vancouver Places on a Budget
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar