Asian-themed ‘Night Market’ gains popularity

Night Market

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The 626 Night Market attracts thousands of people to savor Asian cuisines and culture. The latest edition takes place this weekend at Santa Anita Park.

Thousands of people will experience the best in Asian cuisine when they gather this weekend for the “626 Night Market” in the San Gabriel Valley.

The “626” part of that title represents the area code of the San Gabriel Valley – home to a large Asian-American population. Organizers - who’ve hosted the event twice before - moved it from Pasadena to accommodate the large crowds and traffic. About 40,000 people attended the summer gathering in front of Pasadena City Hall.

The event – this time in Arcadia - is a nod to popular night markets in Taiwan and other places across Asia. Dozens of vendors will serve up more than just food: there’s a basketball tournament, a pumpkin patch, flicks to watch and dancing.

Planners say they launched the event to promote small Asian businesses. Social media helped make this night market popular - it may be the largest in the country.

The 626 Night Market takes place at Santa Anita Park. It begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It ends at 1 a.m. on Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday. Admission’s free but it’ll cost $4 to park during the afternoon. The price jumps another $3 for parking after 4 p.m.

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