The Surrey Night Market used to be a summer night market in Surrey which happens every weekend evening from early June until mid-August in Cloverdale.
The Surrey Night Market
Whereas the Richmond Night Market and International Summer Night Market (until its final year in 2017) both have strong Chinese-Asian influences, the Surrey Night Market was similar but with more of an Indian-Southeast-Asian flavour and theme.
All three of these markets have been interesting in their own ways over the years.
Market Times and Location
In 2016 the Surrey Night Market ran from June 3 until August 14. This was the market’s final year of operation.
The market took place at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds at 17726 62nd Avenue and happens every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 pm and on Sundays from 5 to 10 pm.
Night Market Admission
Admission to the Surrey Night Market in 2016 cost only about $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3 to 10. It was free most years, however, for seniors ages 65 and over, veterans, and people in wheelchairs with their attendants.
On most weekends the market was also free for anyone with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.
Parking at the market was free and pets on a leash or in carriers were also welcome.
Surrey Market Features
Billing itself as “the only multicultural night market in the Fraser Valley,” the Surrey Night Market was a medium-sized night market.
With up to 60 vendors including over a dozen food stalls most evenings, it was larger than most farmers markets in the Lower Mainland and not much smaller than the International Summer Night Market in Richmond (which itself in its heyday was rated as one of the top four night markets in the world).
The Surrey Night Market was smaller than the massive Richmond Night Market, however, and also attracted less people than the Shipyard Night Market in North Vancouver. It was a pretty good market though and started to get busy most evenings a couple of hours after opening.
Like Richmond’s Asian-themed night markets, the Surrey Night Market had a wide selection of food vendor types and offered some kind of live entertainment most evenings.
Like the markets in Richmond, it also had a small kids’ area with face painting and bouncy castle-type amusements, as well as vendors selling inexpensive imported Asian products including phone accessories, electronic gadgets, bubble tea, handbags, jewellery, sunglasses and socks.
For more information on similar attractions, see Metro Vancouver Summer Night Markets.