Asian-themed 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park – California News

Asian-themed 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park – California News

Mention Santa Anita Park and most people envision the Breeder’s Cup or the many other thoroughbred racing events that are held there.

But this weekend the park welcomes back 626 Night Market, the nation’s largest Asian-themed night market that already attracted more than 200,000 people in a pair of events earlier this summer.

A big event

“This is by far one of the biggest nonracing events we have here at Santa Anita in terms of sheer numbers,” said Pete Siberell, the park’s director of special events. “We partner with 626 Night Market on this and it generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue each weekend.”

The 626 Market is being held from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. today and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 on today and $3 per person Sunday. Children 6 and under can get in free all days.

The brainchild of 36-year-old Alhambra entrepreneur Jonny Hwang, 626 Night Market was first launched in downtown Pasadena in 2012, and it’s been a popular event at Santa Anita in Arcadia for the past five years.

“We’re excited to present a sixth season of 626 Night Markets at Santa Anita that will again showcase many favorite food vendors and new food concepts generated by entrepreneurs from our local communities,” Hwang said. “Santa Anita has been a tremendous venue for 626 and people who follow us on social media and have attended prior events, know that we provide great entertainment with lots of opportunities to meet new people.”

Plenty to do

Night Market features live entertainment and a DJ on two separate stages in addition to scores of vendors. Food trucks will be on…

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