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626 Night Market Tradition Continues in Arcadia and Expands to Santa Monica

Don Simkovich
The first night market in 2012 clogged up Old Town Pasadena;Photo by 626 Night Market

The 626 Night Market returns to the Santa Anita Race Park from Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10 with plenty of tantalizing menu items, plus engaging performers showcasing their talents.

It’s the 10th season of Transcending Tradition for the family-friendly event.

Hours are 4pm to midnight.

Expect large crowds so arrive early. The 626 Facebook page alone shows that 6,700 people responded.

Get immersed in 250-plus vendors cooking, crafting, displaying art, performing and with games to play and things to buy.

Take Note

Buy tickets online through the website.

What’s free: parking and children under age 3.

Most vendors accept cash only and ATMs are available.


Friday night kicks off a Meet and Greet with performer Hojean, who the UC Santa Barbara newspaper billed as “A Rising Korean-American R&B artist.”
Hojean is among the featured performersHojean

Dance Competition

On the 626 Night Market site is an application along with rules and regulations for the HRZN Dance Competition, August 27 at Santa Anita Park.

626 Night Market Westside

This more intimate event on July 23 and July 24 from 1pm to 10pm will have a few dozen vendors to downtown Santa Monica near Third Street Promenade, Lot 27—1324 5th Street, Santa Monica.

Admission is free but limited to enjoy the “epic flavors of our giant flagship food festivals.”
Look for 250+ vendors at Santa Anita Park and a few dozen in Santa Monica;Photo by 626 Night Market

Night Market Dates

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

July 8 to 10

August 26 – 28

Sept 3 – 5

Mini Westside

July 23 and July 24 1pm to 10pm

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

July 29 –31

3pm to 11pm Friday

1pm to 11pm Saturday and Sunday


The night market is the product of Jonny C. Hwang, that Wikipedia describes as “a businessman born in Taiwan and raised in southern California,[5][6] the market was inspired by the night markets of Asia, especially the Shilin Night Market in Taipei.”

The first night market was in Old Town Pasadena and was so heavily attended that the location was changed to Santa Anita Park.

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