Night markets are back in Metro Vancouver for the 2017 Spring and Summer season. Night markets run on weekends at night and are a favourite activity for locals. They are inexpensive to attend, with some even offering free admission! Overall, night markets are an affordable, low cost night of fun where you can 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, light shows, 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 2017 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! You can also bring your dog as dogs are allowed at the Shipyards Night Market. The market also has a beer garden (must be 19+) that features local craft beer, ciders, vodka and gin. Visit the Shipyards Night Market for more information.
Where: 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC
When: Fridays 5 pm-10 pm; May 5 – September 29
Illumination Summer Night Market
The market holds more than 200 food and merchandise booths and hosts more than 20 performance shows. You can also enjoy North America’s first and largest summer light show with nine different themes. There is also free parking in the parking lot. Visit the Illumination Summer Night Market for more information.
Where: 12631 River Road, Richmond, BC
Admission: $3 general admission; Children under 5 years old and Seniors over 65 years old are free
When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays 7 pm-11 pm (Long weekend: 7 pm – 12 am); May 5 – September 10
Richmond Night Market
At the market you can enjoy delicious food from from around the world, enjoy carnival games and rides, visit the Magical Dino Park, enjoy nightly entertainment performances, and shop for merchandise from over 200 vendors! Pick up a “Coupon Book” at the entrance or at the info booth area for coupons offering over $250 in savings! Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more information.
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, BC
Admission: $3.75 for general admission, free admission for children 10 & under and seniors 60 & up.
When: Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-12 am, Sundays & Stat Holidays 7 pm-11 pm; May 12 – October 9
Fridays on Front
The market will feature artisan vendors from the New West Farmers Market and New West Craft, live music from the New Westminster Arts Council, and of course, our favourite Food Trucks form the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest. Visit the Downtown New Westminster website for more information.
Where: 600 Block of Front St., New Westminster, BC
When: Fridays 5 pm-8 pm; July 7 – August 25
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