626 Night Market on Sky Link TV Talk Show

This one’s for the Mandarin speakers out there—626 Night Market was invited to a talk show on Sky Link TV with the beautiful host Charlene Shen, and Jonny and I went on the show to represent. Personally, I was terrified that we had to speak Mandarin (why didn’t I pay more attention in Chinese school?) but I’m so thankful for the opportunity. We talked about our backgrounds, how the night market started, our upcoming 626 Night Markets at Santa Anita Park, and the future of 626 Night Market. Afterwards, we met some of the team behind Sky Link TV and everyone was so warm, welcoming, and complimenting us for the work we’ve done for 626 Night Market. Honestly, hearing those kind words of support from our community are what lifts us up so much. The 626 Night Market team is so grateful to know that what we do makes an impact on others’ lives and that we’re doing something that people appreciate. Hopefully we can continue to grow and spread what we do. Thank you all for the support thus far!

From the Insiders: Tips & Tricks for A Smooth Time at 626 Night Market

SnapIt Studio - 626 Night Market - July 6th & 7th 2013

We’ve noticed that a lot of our attendees who don’t have the best time at our night markets are those who come completely unprepared or with different expectations. After going through all the Yelp reviews and blogs, we’ve compiled a list of 14 tips and tricks for our event-goers that’ll help them have a good time. Please share this with your friends in preparation for the upcoming 626 Night Market events this summer!

Tips & Tricks for A Smooth Time at 626 Night Market

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. Navigate like a pro. Download the 626 Night Market iPhone app.
The map is GPS-enabled so you know exactly where you are and where your favorite booths are located. An Android version is coming soon later this summer.

3. Bring cash.
Most food vendors only take cash while merchandise vendors are much more card-friendly. You can find ATMs located throughout the event (labeled in our maps).

4. 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!

5. Parking is free! Kids under 6 years old also enter for free! :)
This specifically applies to 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park.

6. 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.

7. Tremendous food choices can be overwhelming at first visit.
Look through the directory on the 626 Night Market iPhone app, on the website, and posters peppered throughout the venue for the full overview. Ask around or utilize social media (see Tip #14) such as Instagram to find what’s buzzing.

8. 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.

9. 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!

10. 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?

11. 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.

12. Stinky tofu.
Some love it, some hate it. If you’re the latter, breathing through the mouth can help.

13. 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!

14. Follow 626 Night Market on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date event information.
Our social media is active at all times during the event, providing live important event updates such as how crowded it is, which entrances have shorter lines, which parking lots may be full, etc. If you have any issues, comments, or concerns (or just want to send us some love), tweet @626NightMarket and #626NightMarket to get your comment seen and addressed.

 

Did we miss anything? Leave a comment below if you have any additional tips or thoughts. Have fun and meet you at the night market!

DTLA Night Market Recap Video

Relive the food, the art, the entertainment, and the memories made at DTLA Night Market! Congratulations to Geoff Pascual for winning the Art Battle, and congratulations to the two beautiful couples who got engaged at the event!

Catch us next at 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park:

626 Night Market
Fri & Sat, July 18 & 19: 4pm-1am
Fri & Sat, August 15 & 16: 4pm-1am
Fri & Sat, September 12 & 13: 4pm-1am

DTLA Night Market Entertainment Line-Up (Video)

We have prepared an amazing line up of entertainment for you all at DTLA Night Market this Fri & Sat, June 20 & 21 featuring various indie artists and DJs. Come for the food, stay for the music. You don’t want to miss out on this!

View full line up here: http://bit.ly/DTLANM-performances

How To Beat L.A. Traffic to Get to DTLA Night Market

Plus, see how you can save $2 off admission below!How To Beat L.A. Traffic

Navigating traffic in Los Angeles is no easy feat, and we are all too familiar with the countless hours of road rage spent in our cars just to move a couple miles when it really should take only a couple minutes. With next week’s DTLA Night Market in the heart of the City of Angels, situated across the street from the world-famous Staples Center (home to the L.A. Kings!) in Downtown L.A., 626 Night Market highly encourages all DTLA Night Market attendees to plan ahead, especially if you are getting there during rush hour on Friday.

DTLA Night Market is an outdoor food, crafts, merchandise, arts, and music festival set against the scenic backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline. Drawing inspiration from the night bazaars of Asia, DTLA Night Market fuses the Los Angeles and Southern California subcultures into an epic weekend event uniting local communities with over 200 small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists. Luckily, the location offers some of the best possible transportation options, a rare instance when public transportation actually works in L.A.!

Go Metro to DTLA Night Market

We’ve listed below the most popular Metro Rail routes from various areas of the Los Angeles area to get to DTLA Night Market:

From Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley: 
Take the Gold Line to Union Station
From Union Station take the Red or Purple Line to the 7th Street station.
Transfer to the Blue Line
Exit the Blue Line at the Pico/Chick Hearn station
DTLA Night Market is less than a block walk from the station.

From Long Beach / South Bay: 
Take the Blue Line towards 7th Street/Metro Center
Get off at Pico/Chick Hearn station
DTLA Night Market is less than a block walk from the station.

From the San Fernando Valley / Hollywood: 
Take the Red Line to the 7th Street Station
Transfer to the Blue Line
Exit the Blue Line at the Pico/Chick Hearn station
DTLA Night Market is less than a block walk from the station.

From LAX: 
Take the Green Line to the Imperial/Washington station
Transfer to the Blue Line towards the 7th Street station
Get off at Pico/Chick Hearn station
DTLA Night Market is less than a block walk from the station.

DTLA Night Market Metro Map

The best part of all is, when you use Metro, you can save $2 off admission at the door! For more details, click here.

There are also many buses that will connect you to Staples Center. Metro provides bus and rail transportation to the Pico Station ’til 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays! For your best route or more info, use the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) GO-METRO (466-3876).

Discounted presale tickets are also on sale on Eventbrite. The event is limited capacity, and tickets may not be available at the door. The only way to guarantee your way in is by purchasing a presale ticket now!

So leave your cars at home, hop on the Metro, and we’ll see you at DTLA Night Market on June 20 & 21!

How to Make an Asha Noodle Burger

Did you know you can use any instant noodle to make a noodle burger? In this video, Hann-wei from Asha Noodle shows Jayden Maddux (Arrested Development, Up All Night, Jimmy Kimmel Live) how to make an Asha Noodle burger in a special shape. Yes, there were a few mess-ups in the kitchen, but isn’t that what makes experimenting so fun? Hope this inspires you all to try something new in the kitchen next time!

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Christian Soriano
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Lisa Sonoda

Hungry for the next night market event? Save and buy pre-sale tickets to our upcoming DTLA Night Market on June 20 & 21. DTLA Night Market will be limited capacity so tickets may sell out. Get yours now at: http://bit.ly/DTLA-tix

 

Frugal Foodie: The $20 Challenge (Night Market Picks)

How would you spend $20 at the night market? We challenged 3 people to make the most of their dollar at the night market. See what delicious foods and drinks Lisa, Tiffany, and Tiger spend their budget on!

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Christian Soriano

Drooling for your own night market goodies to munch on? Save and buy pre-sale tickets to our upcoming DTLA Night Market on June 20 & 21. DTLA Night Market will be limited capacity so tickets may sell out. Get yours now at: http://bit.ly/DTLA-tix

Summer Treats at the Night Market [VIDEO]

Cool down with some of our favorite summer treats at the night market! Featuring Spiked Juice, Frostbites Italian Ice, Hale’iwa Shave Ice, Cold Cane Lab’s sugarcane juice, and I-sweet’s Taiwanese shaved snow. Check out these lovely vendors at our upcoming night market events!

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Shot/Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Michelle Lin

OC Night Market 2014 Event Recap Video

We had a blast at our first OC Night Market this past weekend. Thank you to all of the foodies and friends who came out! Relive the ramen burgers, Spiked juices, potted ice creams, Horizon Dance Competition, Che’Nelle’s performance, Bobasaurus Rex, and so much more with this #OCNightMarket recap video. We can’t wait to see you all again at our next stop: DTLA Night Market on June 20 & 21!

DTLA Night Market
Fri, June 20: 4pm-12am
Sat, June 21: 4pm-12am
@ Staples Center, Lot 7
Presale tickets available now: http://bit.ly/DTLA-tix

626 Night Market
Fri & Sat, July 18 & 19: 4pm-1am
Fri & Sat, August 15 & 16: 4pm-1am
Fri & Sat, September 12 & 13: 4pm-1am
@ Santa Anita Park

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Shot/Edited by: Christian Soriano
Shot by: Christian Soriano, Tiger Souvannakoumane
Special Thanks: Michelle Lin, Jason Ted Chang, Alan Chung

DTLA Night Market Teaser

DTLA Night Market is an outdoor food, crafts, merchandise, arts, and music festival set against the dramatic backdrop of downtown’s skyline. Drawing inspiration from the night bazaars of Asia, DTLA Night Market fuses LA/SoCal subcultures into an epic weekend event uniting local communities with over 150 small businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists. Meet us at DTLA Night Market this June!

DTLA Night Market
Fri, June 20: 4pm-12am
Sat, June 21: 4pm-12am
@ Staples Center, Lot 7
Presale tickets available now: http://bit.ly/DTLA-tix

Produced/Edited by: Aileen Xu
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Christian Soriano
Special Thanks: Sean, Michelle, & Rob
Scenes from:
The Night Market (Dir. Jason Poon)
Day 18 (Dir. Shaun Su)
Frames (Dir. Jason Ted Chang)
Electric Milk Creative