It isn’t often I get jazzed about a press release’s contents but this event sounds too cool to pass up. A tradition in some Asian countries is a night market wherein streets become giant markets for the night. That is is exactly what is happening this Saturday night in Pasadena on Oakland Avenue between Union and Colorado. The event promises to be filled with music, food and merchandise all with an Asian flare to it. Admission is FREE!
Parking is tough (and expensive and extensively patrolled for scofflaws) in that area. I strongly suggest that if you are mass transit enabled do so and get yourself onto the Gold Line and take it to the Memorial Station and walk the couple of blocks it takes to get there.
Full press release after the break.
ASIAN NIGHT MARKET COMING TO PASADENA
The San Gabriel Valley is home to a large and diverse Asian population, which boasts many excellent ethnic restaurants and businesses that are largely unknown to those outside the area. But they will finally get the exposure they deserve when Pasadena hosts Southern California’s only Asian Night Market on Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Oakland Ave. between Colorado Blvd. and Union St. Admission is free.
Dubbed the “626 Night Market,” in reference to the area code of the San Gabriel Valley, the event will feature an authentic Asian street fair experience, which is a fixture of Asian communities. The 626 Night Market aims to provide greater exposure for these hidden businesses and fun for people of all ages by bringing a staple of Asian culture and commerce to Pasadena.
“With a lively downtown that includes the Pacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena is the perfect location for the 626 Night Market,” said Economic Development Director Eric Duyshart. “Businesses will get great exposure here. That’s good for Pasadena and the greater San Gabriel Valley region.”
The 626 Night Market will feature more than 70 local restaurants and businesses. Mouth-watering food selections range from Hong Kong Egg Waffles and Taiwanese Crepes to Chinese Teas and Dragon Whiskers Candy, not to mention stinky tofu.
Retail vendors will sell Asian-inspired clothes and shoes, unique cell phone and tablet accessories, toys, cosmetics, jewelry and more. Many vendors are independent start-ups and first-time entrepreneurs pursuing their small-business dream, which bolsters the local economy.
Parking will be available in public lots near the event on Union St. and Oakland and Madison avenues. Visitors are also encouraged to go green and take public transit, including the Metro Gold Line to nearby Memorial Station.
For a full list of public transit options and more information about the event please visit the event website at www.626nightmarket.com or call 626-765-5066.
The 626 Night Market is co-sponsored by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and the City of Pasadena Economic Development Division.