Spring has officially come to Los Angeles, and it’s time to celebrate outdoors! The city is celebrating with an Asian Night Market on April 14 and a Spring Festival on April 15. Both events will feature the diverse food and culture of Los Angeles.
The first ever Asian Night Market in Southern California is the 626 Night Market. It will be held
from 5pm to 11:30pm between Colorado Boulevard and East Union Street on North Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. The aim is to bring Asian culture, food, and commerce to Southern California and support local businesses. 80 businesses are planning to sell their wares and eats at the Market, ranging from egg waffles, boba milk tea, stinky tofu, donut sticks and much more. Event organizers are hoping to eventually make the Asian Night Market a monthly event.
Also this weekend, Los Angeles’ Chinatown will celebrate spring with an outdoor street festival that brings together all the unique aspects of the city—from music, art, beer, food and much more. The first SpringFest will feature performances from musical artists The Sloths, The Blessings, Stephen Sowan, The Finksville 5 and Whispertown. All selections were curated by Chinatown’s own Caveman Vintage Music. Artists Megan Stevens, AHHD, Jamie Garden, Jesse Castillo and Victoria Ramirez will perform their art live at the festival.
Chinatown restaurant Spring Street Smoke House selected the breweries for the outdoor biergarten at SpringFest, including Karl Strauss, Bootlegger’s, Golden Road Brewing and Stone & Lagunitas. They will also host a rib-eating contest where both amateur and professional rib eaters can indulge in tasty meat consumption.
SpringFest will be held on the same day as CicLAvia, an event promoting enjoying the outdoors in Los Angeles without a car. As the festival will be held at the corner of North Spring Street and Caesar Chavez Street in Chinatown, it is very accessible to those participating CicLAvia. For more information on SpringFest, check out its Facebook page.
If you’re staying at hotels in Hollywood, both of these events are great ways to get outdoors this weekend. Hope to see you out there!