Night market attendees explore the variety of vendors under the darkening sky. Photo courtesy of www.626nightmarket.com.

Looking for something new to do this weekend?

The 626 Night Market is hosting its third event this summer from August 5-7 at the Santa Anita Park.  Now entering its fifth year, the night market boasts 76 unique vendors selling everything from ice cream churros to grilled squid to succulents to handmade soap. In addition to food trucks and stall vendors, the night market features an art walk, a cosplay contest, and performances from local musicians.

The event is inspired by the large night markets found in Asia, which are popular for the cheap and delicious eats. The 626 Night Market is named for the 626 area code, which encompasses most of the San Gabriel Valley, an area with a population that is 25.7% Asian. In comparison, the United States was 4.8% Asian in 2010.

According to the night market’s blog, each event draws up to 100,000 people. Whether you are looking for interesting authentic foods, original fusion creations, a cultural experience, or simply a night enjoying being around people, the 626 Night Market is a uniquely Asian American event that celebrates the community.

The Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr. Arcadia, CA 91007.

The next 626 Night Market will take place September 2-4. For more information, visit www.626nightmarket.com.

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