The Orange County Fair and Event Center will transform into a nocturnal open-air bazaar this weekend, welcoming the second and final 626 OC Night Market of the year. Borrowing from what's become an institution in many Asian countries, the three-night event will take place Friday, October 10, through Sunday, October 12. Admission is just $5 for an overwhelming amount of eats, art, and entertainment.
More than 200 Southern California food and retail vendors and talent will show and share this weekend in Costa Mesa, just seven miles from the Huntington Beach Pier. Event organizers say the events, which draw hundreds of hungry shoppers, offer "a lot of retail therapy and eating." Sounds delicious and like a much-needed sensory overload.
Here's a rundown of what's happening before and after sunset this weekend. A ridiculous amount of food vendors have eats covered from boba drinks and stinky tofu, to ramen and lobster rolls. Don't miss Sunday's Food Demo from 4-6 p.m. featuring three local chefs. Retail vendors will be slinging items like beauty products, apparel, accessories, and techie devices, and a Halloween Costume Contest will take over the Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Featured entertainment includes TJ Brown, Zak Waters, Scott Rusch, Jessica Louise, Scavenger Hunt, Lavendaire, Kat Padlan, and Bohkeh. Additionally, a full-on Art Walk will showcase more than a dozen local visual artists at the northwest end of the market. Follow these links for full lineups: performances, vendors, visual artists.
The first OC Night Market kicked off in May, and apparently something tasted right, as it's returning for round two. Tickets costs $5 for general admission, and parking costs $7. Children ages 6 and under enter for free. Hours are as follows: Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight; and Sunday, 4-11 p.m.
"A platform for small and local businesses," the 626 Night Market debuted in Pasadena in April 2012 and is the original and largest Asian-themed night market in the country. "At the heart of it, what connects the 626 Night Market community is a love for food and culture, and an entrepreneurial spirit," according to event organizers. And yes, there's an app for that. Available for iPhone, the free interactive app allows guests to navigate the OC Night Market and bookmark favorites.