This past weekend was the first ever NorCal Night Market. From the creators of 626 and OC Night Market (from LA), it was a 3 day event which lasted until 11PM each day! It was held at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Parking is $10 per car, and entrance fee is $5 per person. Lots of local vendors, such as artists, food trucks, and clothing companies, had a space to showcase their craft.
Some examples of food vendors were:
•A takoyaki truck (very long line! my boyfriend’s boss said it is just like Japan)
•Many different kinds of pearl milk tea
•A Hong Kong food truck
•Egg waffle with ice cream
Some examples of other vendors were:
•LED lined clear balloons ($10+ a pop but very cute)
•Local artists selling prints, shirts, and pins
•Stussy & UNDFTD sale section (although it just seemed like overstock from their warehouses)
We got there at around 7PM on the final day (Sunday), and were surprised to see that the crowd was nowhere near as large as Facebook had warned. We spent about 30 minutes perusing and weighing our options before settling on taiyaki ice cream from Uji Time. I got the classic Matcha and my boyfriend got the Black Sesame.
Although the scale is nowhere near how enormous I imagine 626 Night Market to be, I thought that the turnout was pretty decent for the first time. Like many others, I felt that the ground was uneven and dusty, which could both be considered hazardous. I also felt like the vendors could be a little more varied, as more than half were dessert or milk tea.
Either way, the first NorCal Night Market was a good time and I’m excited to watch it become bigger and better. They’ve already made huge adjustments for the next iteration of the event a month (September 28-30) from now.
*Some tips for those planning to attend!*
p.s. This post is dedicated to Martin 😛
- Eat a little before going, the lines can get pretty long and could take up to 2 hours.
- Bring cash! While most of the vendors may accept card, both parking and entry are cash only. They do have an ATM, but who wants to pay that transaction fee?
- Wear comfortable shoes, the fairgrounds are spread out and you’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing.
- If you’re planning to attend towards the end of the night, bring a jacket! It gets pretty cold after sundown.
- Bring an external battery pack if you plan on being there more than a few hours.
- Although signs say dogs are NOT allowed, I saw a lot of people bringing their pups without any problems!
- Most importantly, have fun! 🙂
Hope to see you there!
Thanks for reading!
Michelle & Brendan