626 Night Market’s second try

Photo: Kenny Korn (Flickr/Creative Commons)

By most accounts, last month’s 626 Night Market in Pasadena was a mess, if not a failure. It got an epic 1.5 star overall rating on Yelp; quite possibly the lowest star rating I’ve seen on the site for a venue or event with 300+ reviews:

Ellen C: “MOST HORRIBLE EVENT EVER.”

Lily A: “Crowds were a bitch. [...] Kinda like a mosh pit at a punk rock concert, but for Asians.”

Joanne L: “Even though this was 3 weeks ago, I’m still having nightmares:

40 minute drive
20+ minutes to find parking
15 minute walk
35 minute wait in ONE line without any movement
15 minute walk back
30 minute drive”

However, the large crowds showed just how many Angelenos were up for this kind of experience. The organizers say they are trying again on July 28th, this time with three times as many vendors in a larger venue across from Pasadena City Hall. According to their press release:

This time, the City Hall venue is four times larger with an area of 250,000 square feet across six blocks. To accommodate attendees, public and private parking lots usually closed on Saturdays will be opened. There will be over 10,000 parking spaces available in the nearby vicinity. Prepaid parking will also be available online through the event website.

The 626 Night Market organizers are working with the City of Pasadena to coordinate proper traffic flow throughout the area. Incentives will be offered to attendees who utilize alternate transportation methods including the nearby Metro Gold Line and buses.

Did you go to the 626 Night Market? Would you give it another go in July?


  1. Random Reader

    The night market still has plenty of potential, once the (inexperienced) organizers get the kinks worked out and they and the attendees stop running around like headless chickens.

    Consider this: When Disneyland first opened for business back in the day, not everything was running smoothly at first!

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