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 PLANS & COVID-19
The Richmond Night Market didn’t happen last year because of COVID-19. This year, the market reopened on July 23rd, 2021. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s great to see the market back in action!
The market is currently operating at a reduced capacity in terms of both number of vendors and number of people inside it at one time. For the most up to date information visit the Richmond Night Market website.
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 planned to run from May 10th 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, 2021.
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. These hours are in place once again in 2021.
Admission in 2021 is $3.50 for people over age 7 and under 60, which for what you get is quite reasonable. Children under age eight and adults ages 61+ get in for free.
There is also the option to buy a Zoom Pass, which gives you five pre-paid tickets for $18. They can only be used one at a time but the pass can be transferred to other people so if you plan on going multiple times or want to share tickets within a group, this is a good way to avoid the lines when you visit. The Zoom Pass is valid for the full 2021 season.
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.
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: 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 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