The air is filled with the aromatic mix of soy, sesame, spices, frying oil, grilling meat and the high-pitched shouts of hawkers. Clouds of smoke waft above the dozens of small stalls that make up the International Summer Night Market (ISNM) in Richmond’s Vulcan Way, all brightly lit, sitting under coloured signs, beckoning individuals to try freshly made dumplings, piping hot bowls of noodles, barbecued squid tentacles, to sweet delicacies like deep fried oreos or nutella covered waffles on a stick.
Going to the night market is the perfect place to experience a bustling atmosphere with the smells and tastes on offer from various competing stalls. From cheap clothes, watches, pirated CDs, fake labels, footwear, cute phone tech gear and everyday items, any night market is definitely a place to bargain.
So with summer almost coming to an end, you’ve probably gone to one night market out of a couple few in the lower mainland. But why take the time to go to the International Summer Night Market in Vulcan Way, Richmond? Check out our top 9 reasons below to head there before time runs out:
1. Free Admission
Why pay an extra $10 for your family to enter a night market on top of what you would already be spending inside? Well here, admission to ISNM is free for everyone!
2. Free Wi-Fi
Upload all your foodie images and the great fun you’re having on Instagram without worrying about your data plan. Now you can stay connected all night long and get your friends to wish they were out hanging with you instead of wasting their summer nights away. #CityFreeWiFi
3. Free Street Parking
Taking your vehicle? There’s convenient free parking on Vulcan Way. That’s a second way you’re keeping your costs low for the night.
4. Free Shuttle Buses
Want to save gas but lack energy? Many people assume that commuting to Richmond is stressful and time consuming. Don’t worry, simply get off at Bridgeport Canada Line Station and get picked up by their free shuttle bus that comes every 15 minutes. Still think think the idea of transit is intimidating? They’ve even created a video to help you get there!
5. You can bring your grandparent or your child.
Because teens and young adults are always looking for chaos, you can always find them and their crew at any night market. But, although the energy here is instant and intense, it’s still the one night market that we consider to be most family friendly. It’s busy, but not overcrowded, giving you only two minutes to wait for your favourite rotato. Have your grandparent or child with you that might be getting tired? Don’t worry because there are many seating areas (also under covered) where they can relax and enjoy entertainment.
7. Their entertainment is actually entertaining.
From pizza eating contests, to bellydancing and smooth jazz covers of your favourite R&B jams, you’ll find yourself actually stopping in front of their main stage to see the latest event.
Also, save the date on August 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for round 1 of the Summer Knock-Out Urban Dance Competition that will feature BC’s top 16 dance groups competing for the grand-prize package valued at $5000!
8. They’re taking fun to a whole new altitude – literally.
Move over Playland – this night market offers some legit attractions!
9. It gives back to the community.
And if those reasons don’t convince you enough, this one will. The ISNM not only provides you with a multi-cultural experience, but it most significantly, gives back to the community. This year, their goal is to raise $100,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital alone. Oh, and did we mention that they were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Award for outstanding contribution to communities and charities? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having a good time for a great cause.
About International Summer Night Market
The ISNM is an annual tradition that has built its reputation as a truly diverse event and is recognized as a world-class landmark attraction in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. With over 30,000 visitors each week, the ISNM is one of BC’s largest community events each year. ISNM is open until September 27, 2015.
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC V6V 1J7
(Behind the Home Depot)
Friday | Saturday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00PM – 10:00 PM
Long Weekend Hours
Friday | Saturday | Sunday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Holiday Monday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM