When the warmer weather comes, it brings lots of free and affordable fun to Metro Vancouver. A favourite activity of the locals, are night markets. Night markets are a once-in-a-lifetime experience! A big draw to the night markets is the affordability to enjoy a night of delicious food (seriously, mouth-watering), great deals on merchandise and great entertainment, all in one place. But that’s not all you’ll find at the night markets, some of them offer kids games and rides, beer gardens (19+), organic foods including produce and meat, psychic readings, and so much more!
If you haven’t been before, be prepared with cash, good shoes (because you’ll want to spend all night there), and an empty stomach. Each and every market differs from the next, so make sure to check them all out this summer!
Here is Penny Lavish’s guide the spring and summer 2016 night markets in Metro Vancouver!
Shipyards Night Market
The Shipyards Night Market believes in local lifestyles, showcasing BC artisans, bakers, farmers, and talent. While there, you can enjoy live music, delicious food, entertainment, art, and shopping! At the market, you can shop for products such as, jewelry, clothing, kids wear, bakers, produce, preserves, soaps, organic meats, honey, plants, chocolates, and much more! The market also has a beer garden (must be 19+) that features local craft beer, ciders, wines, and organic Betty’s Vodka Iced Tea. Click here for more info.
Where: 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC at Shipbuilders’ Square.
When: Fridays 5 pm-10 pm; May 6 – September 30
Panda Market (formerly International Summer Night Market)
Named one of the top 4 night markets in the world by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The market has lots of merchandise booths, food and beverage vendors, and diverse entertainment every night! Free street parking. Click here for more info.
Where: 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC
When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays 7 pm-11 pm; April 29 – September 11
Richmond Night Market
At the market you can sample delicious food from food trucks, play carnival games, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from a variety of vendors! Pick up a “Sweet Deals Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings! Click here for more info.
Admission: $2.75 for regular admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.
When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 p; May 15 – October 12
Surrey Night Market
Enjoy performances by local bands, singers and dancers, sample a wide variety of foods, and shop! The market will also have numerous rides and arcade games for children and youth, costume competitions on Saturdays, wellness shows, spiritual hour on Sundays, local celebrities and authors, and so much more. The market will have free parking. Click here for more info.
Where: 17726 62 Avenue, Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds
Admission: $2 for Adults. Free Admission for: families of all Canadian Forces personnel and Veterans, children less than 48″ in height when accompanied by their families, wheelchair borne persons and their attendants, seniors over 65 years with proper ID, and anyone who brings a non-perishable food item or a new toy (to be donated to local food banks or charities).
When: Fridays & Saturdays 6 pm-11 pm, Sundays 5 pm-10 pm; June 3 – August 14
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