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!
MARKET STATUS AND COVID-19
Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and BC’s ban on gatherings larger than 50 people, opening day for the Richmond Night Market was initially postponed until June, and then later until July. As of mid-August the market still hasn’t opened, which means it likely won’t start up again until 2021 at the earliest!
Hopefully the market will be able to resume operations in the future. Details about that, however, are to be determined. Fingers crossed!
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 (and no longer running as of 2018).
The Richmond Night Market is open most years from the second weekend in May until the Thanksgiving Weekend in October. In 2020 it was planned to run from May 10th until October.
In years when it does take place, 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).
Admission and Location
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the Richmond Night Market is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7 pm until late from mid-May to mid-October. It features dozens of ethnic food stalls, millions of Chinese-made trinkets and gadgets, Asian clothing and tons of energy.
On Fridays and Saturdays the market usually runs from 7 pm to midnight, and on Sundays and holiday Mondays from 7 pm until 11 pm.
Admission is about $4.75 for people over age 7 and under 60, which for what you get is reasonable. Children under age eight and adults ages 61+ got in for free.
The Richmond Night Market is located at 8351 River Road not far from the Bridgeport SkyTrain station and River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
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.
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: Consider getting an Express Pass (formerly called an Admission Zoom Pass). For around $28 the pass is good for 6 admissions and lets you skip the entrance lineups (which on a busy day can be considerable). Express Passes are available at the entrance by staff selling them as you arrive, and they are transferable and good for the whole season.
TIP #3: If you plan to visit the Richmond Night Market several times over the course of the summer, in addition to the Admission 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 #4: If you like summer night markets then definitely 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!
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