Night Markets in Richmond, BC
With a population that is 65 per cent Asian, Richmond's two acclaimed Asian summer night markets showcase an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisines. The Richmond Night Market and the Illumination Summer Night Market (formerly known as the Panda Market) host a total of nearly 140 food stalls and over 400 retail vendors combined!
Discover a world of delicious foods including spiral potatoes on a skewer, barbecued skewers of meat and seafood (including squid, a market favourite), hand-pulled ramen, mango desserts and drinks, dragon's beard candy, bubble waffles, and much more.
Retail vendors at both night markets bring together some of the hottest items and most unique accessories - including jewelry, clothing, cell phone accessories and everything you didn't know you needed - at inexpensive, street-side prices. And both the Illumination Summer Night Market and the Richmond Night Market also offer a diverse array of entertainment every night, ranging from live performances to carnival games.
- Be sure to bring cash with you! Though there are ATMs on site, the lineups can be a bit long.
- Make sure you bring your appetite, since there’s no shortage of delicious food to try!
- Try to take public transit, car pool, or ride your bike if you can, since these markets can get very busy.
Richmond Night Market
Open: May 12, 2017 to October 9, 2017; 7 pm to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm to 11 pm Sundays and holiday Mondays.
Location: 8351 River Road, next to Bridgeport Station on the Canada Line.
Cost: General admission is $3.75, FREE admission for children 10 and under and for seniors 60 and up (with ID). Also available: $25 transferable Zoom Passes for express entrance (perfect if you plan to go often, since it's good for up to 7 visits).
Market highlights: For 2017, Richmond Night Market is all about the True North, Strong and Prehistoric… as they celebrate Canada’s 150th! Check out more than 100 food vendors, 200 retail stalls, an entertainment stage, the Magical Dino Park, rides, and much more.
How to get there by transit: Take the Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and then walk west along River Road to the market.
How to get there by car: Head north on No. 3 Road at Bridgeport Road and follow the signs. Parking is free.
Illumination Summer Night Market
Open: May 5, 2017 to September 10, 2017; 7 pm to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 pm to 11 pm Sundays.
Location: 12631 Vulcan Way, just west of the Knight Street Bridge.
Cost: Admission is free from May 5 - 7, 2017. Regular entrance fee is $3.00. Street parking is free, and there is also paid lot parking.
Market highlights: Check out the light show with nine different themes and copious lanterns, take photos with the 30 custom-made teddy bears scattered among the market, shop at 200+ merchandise booths, and eat delicious dishes at 60 food booths!
How to get there by car: Head north on No. 5 Road at Bridgeport Road, turn right on River Road and then follow the signs.
How to get there by bus: Take bus route 407 or 430 to Bridgeport Rd at Sweden Way station, then walk approximately 10 minutes to get to the market.
Note: Illumination Summer Night Market used to be called the International Summer Night Market/Panda Market!