Richmond, BC Night Market
The energy rises as the sun sets at the Richmond Night Market.
*Please note that the Richmond Night Market did not open for the 2020 season and it is still undetermined whether or not it will be open for the 2021 season. Check back for updates.*
Reminiscent of the all-night shopping extravaganzas seen across Asia, the Richmond Night Market offers a food and retail experience unmatched anywhere else in Canada. 74.1 per cent of Richmond’s population claims Asian heritage, so it’s no surprise the Richmond Night Market showcases an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisine—over 100 food stalls and over 200 retail vendors.
Richmond Night Market Food
The Richmond Night Market boasts authentically Asian snacks and street food, like tornado potatoes, grilled squid, fresh mango desserts, dragon’s beard candy, bubble waffles, and so much more. Every year, vendors work hard to introduce new foods that taste great and look good on camera.
Shopping & Entertainment
You’ll also find retailers selling unique accessories and knick-knacks at street-side prices. Be on the lookout for fun socks and clothing, colourful cell phone cases, stationary items, and much more.
Along with food and shopping, there’s a diverse array of nightly live entertainment ranging from music and dance performances to carnival games and rides. And there are usually plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities that fit into the yearly theme of the Richmond Night Market.
Excited yet? Good, because everyone else is, too. This can mean big crowds and lineups for things like ATMs and parking (which is free). Since the night market is mostly cash-only, you’ll want to visit an ATM before you go.
As for parking, leave the car behind and take public transit or carpool if you can! You can take the Canada Line SkyTrain to Bridgeport Station and then walk west along River Road to get to the Richmond Night Market.
Bring your patience—lineups to get in can be long, but you can buy a transferable Zoom Pass for express entrance if you plan to visit often (it's good for multiple entrances). Get there early if you don’t have a Zoom Pass—it can take an hour or longer to get in!
In the event of inclement weather, be sure to check the Richmond Night Market's Facebook page for updates.
Richmond Night Market Hours & Dates
*Please note that the Richmond Night Market has postponed the start of its 2020 season due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.*
Dates: May 8 to Oct 12, 2020
Hours: exact hours are TBD, but the market runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights; as well as holiday Mondays. Check the Richmond Night Market's Facebook page for updates in the event of inclement weather.
Admission rates: TBD. Purchase an Express Pass (formerly known as a Zoom Pass) to skip the line and use the special express entry. It's transferable, meaning you can share the pass with family and friends.
Location: 8351 River Road
Parking & Transportation
There is free parking available at the Richmond Night Market, but it does fill up quickly and the roads around the market can become quite busy. Parking attendants will direct you where to park once you enter the parking lot.
If you can, leave your car behind and take public transit! Take the Canada Line SkyTrain to Bridgeport Station and then walk west along River Road to get to the Richmond Night Market.
Click here to view a map with directions from Richmond's city centre.