So you want to visit 626 Night Market? Here's how to make the most of your time at the original and largest night market in the country! See more helpful tips below to help you have a good time:
1. Don’t like crowds? Arrive early.
The dinner rush is usually 6–9pm. Arrive before or after to avoid the longest lines. (If arriving super early, bring an umbrella or some kind of sun protection so the late afternoon summer heat is more tolerable.)
2. Average food expenditure is around $20 per person.
The person with an average appetite spends around $20 for 3-5 different food items. The major perk for that price is that you get to pick and choose any of the hundreds of food items available in one place, plus enjoy free entertainment!
3. For maximum comfort and leisure, bring these items.
Comfortable shoes (for standing in lines), sunblock, picnic blanket (for the nice grassy areas), a bag (to hold all the food and goodies), and even an umbrella for shade.
4. Tremendous food choices can be overwhelming at first visit.
Look through the directory on the website and posters peppered throughout the venue for an overview of the night market. Ask around or utilize social media (see Tip #11) such as Instagram to find what’s buzzing.
5. Strategy 1: Divide and Conquer
The best strategies we’ve seen so far is to come in a big group, tackle several booths at once and re-group to share the items together. Lots more food to try, less wait times.
6. Strategy 2: Time Surf
Come early for the uber-popular food items first while there’s little to no line, then take your time trying the other food vendors. You can have it all!
7. Don’t be intimidated by long lines. Many of them go at a good pace.
Different vendors have different line rates. Feel free to ask people in line to gauge the real wait times. Also, there are plenty of vendors with shorter to no lines who are all worth trying. Maybe you’ll find the next food hype?
8. More seating are found in merchandise and entertainment areas.
Food areas can get packed during dinner rush so it’s optimized for standing and walking only.
9. Stinky tofu.
Some love it, some hate it. If you’re the latter, breathing through the mouth can help.
10. See something that needs our attention? Flag down a staff member or volunteer.
Your safety and well-being is our number-one priority. 626 Night Market staff members can be found patrolling at all times to ensure everything is going well (we’re wearing special event t-shirts and lanyard badges). For non-urgent issues, we have plenty of volunteers around who can help!
11. Follow 626 Night Market on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date event information.
ABOUT 626 NIGHT MARKET
The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the U.S., 626 Night Market features over 200 food, merchandise, and craft vendors, as well as an art walk, carnival games, and live music performances, all in an epic three-day event that appeals to all ages. 626 Night Market is located at the famous Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.
Welcome to your night market.
2015 EVENT DATES
Friday & Saturday, July 3 & 4: 4pm–1am
Sunday, July 5: 4pm–11pm
Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8: 4pm–1am
Sunday, August 9: 4pm–11pm
Friday to Sunday, September 4, 5, 6: 4pm–1am
(Labor Day extended hours)
@ Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
Admission is just $3 (children under 6 get in free). Free parking.
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Produced by: Paulena Luk, Alexander Siu
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Special thanks: Joelle Panugaling