The ever popular 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this weekend. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Taking place the section south of the race track, this event dedicates a huge chunk of the space to the various food, drinks, and desserts that everyone can explore and taste, while leaving another space for all other vendors. At the far back of the event, visitors will find a live stage with entertainment taking place all weekend. Admission only costs $3 per person, while guests will have to pay for everything else once inside.
While night markets typically contain a wide variety of things to see and do, the main event circulates around the abundant amount of multicultural food available. This event consists of a large space south of the race track split into two halves: a north section and a south section. Guests enter into the north section, a field and walkway complete with all the vendors, services, games, arts & crafts, entertainment, and everything else not directly involved with food. Crossing over to the southern section places visitors into a blocked off portion of the parking lot, complete with dozens of food vendors all serving various types of food and drinks from multiple different regions of Asia, from Chinese to Thai to Vietnamese to Japanese to Korean and more. The longest lines occur at booths with the demanded items, such as the infamous Ramen Burger, Mama Musubi, stinky tofu, squid roe, and Spiked Juices.
Both the 626 Night Market and the OC Night Market take place a few times a year, so expect both events to come around later this summer. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for more updates on additional night markets in Southern California.