Encore, Encore: Largest Asian Night Market in the U.S. Returns - NBC Southern California

Encore, Encore: Largest Asian Night Market in the U.S. Returns

The Santa Anita Park after-sundown shindig is back for Labor Day Weekend.



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    Did you miss the June, July, and August 626 Night Markets at Santa Anita Park? Here comes your delicious do-over: The event makes a surprise return on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1.

    If you've ever planned even the smallest of happenings -- say, an intimate birthday party for four -- there's likely a part of you that sighs a little at its completion, just over the work it took to put together.

    In short? Once you've pushed towards event-wrangling, an encore is typically out of the question.

    And definitely for larger scale happenings. But the oh-so-bustling 626 Night Market is thwarting this no-encores tradition, happily so. "The largest Asian night market in the U.S." will beyond its three-weekends-and-over summer schedule for a surprise encore performance over Labor Day Weekend.

    Make that the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, so Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The place? Santa Anita Park in Arcadia.

    Will the World's Largest Boba be there? Nope, that made its beverage-y bigness known at the early August 626. Still, you shall drink Boba, if you want Boba, at the market, and nosh about the authentic Thai skewers and Chinese pastries and Japanese noodles and many, many dishes.

    "Many, many" is typically good, but we vow right now: You'll be overwhelmed by the choices. We're totally not exaggerating here; you saw "The largest Asian night market in the U.S." a few paragraphs above this one, right?

    Early admission is two bucks, later admission is $3 (later admission starts at 6 p.m.).

    Plan a good amount of time to stroll, too, as some 150 vendors are expected.

    See? This thing is huge. We won't complain of tiredness after we get through planning our next event. If you can throw a surprise festival that attracts thousands over three summer weekends, and then quickly put together a holiday weekend encore, well. We raise our Boba to you (and applaud as well).

    This sure bodes well for more night-market-ness come the summer of '14. Oh yeah.

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