Potato swirls, drinks in light bulbs, fusion foods and a diverse variety of traditional Asian street foods that combine cultures and taste buds are all hallmarks of the NorCal Night Market, which is set to return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for a second year in a row next weekend.
Organized by 626 Night Market, which produces large night markets throughout the state, the NorCal market is set to bring more than 200 vendors providing Asian-themed food, merchandise and art for attendees of all ages.
"Bring on the memories. Whether you spent your childhood at night markets in Asia, met your true love at one of our events in California or decided to have FWBs (Food With Benefits) forever, bring on the memories and create new ones," Night Market spokesperson Holly Nguyen said in a statement. "Our events feature a diverse offering of food and shopping vendors, live performances and music on our entertainment stage, an art walk, games and more for the whole family."
Inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia, event organizers say the NorCal Night Market is a place for the community to come together to eat, drink, shop and socialize with one another in a fun environment.
This month's special activity highlights include the sixth annual Horizon hip hop dance contest -- only on May 26 -- dazzling lights illuminations, photo booths, closeup magicians, a flower wall and more. A colorful art walk will also be featured, with works of some of the Bay Area's most talented artists.
The NorCal Night Market will be bringing its wares to the Pleasanton fairgrounds next Friday through Sunday (May 24-26) from 3-11 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online or in cash at the event for $5. Parking will be available on the fairgrounds for $10.
The Night Market is also set to be back at the fairgrounds for a second weekend starting July 26 and again for a third on the weekend of Sept. 20.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.norcalnightmarket.com.