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 Lower Mainland’s other major night market is the Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver. The event on the North Shore takes place on Fridays between May and September. It too is exceptional, and admission to it is free (unlike the market in Richmond). The Shipyards Night Market also features nightly concerts and a beer garden.
This article contains the following information about the Richmond Night Market:
Richmond’s 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 end of April until the Thanksgiving Weekend. The 2023 season began on April 28th and ran until October 9th. Exact dates for the 2024 season are to be confirmed.
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 of 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.
What’s New at the Market
2023’s Summer Wonderland Richmond Night Market featured two new additions. The first was a large 60-foot bouncy castle, perfect for children looking to burn off energy. The second appealed to foodies. Adding to the eclectic Asian menu were foods from Indonesia, Turkey and Mexico making the market a fusion of spicy and tasty.
In all, at the market there are over 110 food booths catering to every palate, including those who like churros and butterbeer. Extra large prop chairs are a welcome relief to rest tired legs from walking the market and wanting to just and relax as you enjoy a bite to eat and something to drink.
Admission and Location
The Richmond Night Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from around end of April to Thanksgiving. The market features dozens of ethnic food stalls, millions of Chinese-made trinkets and gadgets, Asian clothing and tons of energy.
On Fridays in 2023 the market ran from 7:00 pm until 12:00 am. Sunday hours were from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, but hours were extended on long weekends. To start the 2023 season, Saturday hours were from 7:00 pm until midnight. The market opened one hour earlier on Saturdays from May 20th until around the end of August. Saturday hours returned to normal for September and October.
Admission in 2023 cost $8 for people ages 7 to 59, which was quite reasonable. Children under age 7 and adults ages 60+ entered for free.
There was also the Zoom Pass available in 2023. This VIP ticket allowed users to skip the line and enter through an express entry when they arrived at the market. The pass cost $35 in 2023 and was valid for five visits. It was also transferable so it could be shared with friends and 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.
Admission prices in 2024 are likely to be similar, although details are to be confirmed.
Night Market Tips & Advice
Below is some advice to help you make the most 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 as it 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. When available, the book is either at 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.
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