Since earlier this year, the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce has been hosting a slew of night markets at Barnes Park, in what was touted at the time as the Southland's first long-term, city-sponsored event of its kind. It's called the Monterey Park Night Market (or MPK Night Market) and tonight (Friday!) will be their last soiree of the season.
Festivities will run from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and vendors will be serving up items like fried squid, rice balls, skewers, takoyaki, potato swirls, buns, tacos, and falafels. Notable food trucks include Seoul Sausage and Middle Feast from the Food Networks' The Great Food Truck Race.
The market is produced and marketed by KCM Agency, the folks behind K-Town Night Market. "Our goal is to increase foot traffic in the Monterey Park community and revamp the nightlife," Ben Kang, the press representative from the agency, said.
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Estimated attendance has been around 10,000 and this week's event is holiday-themed. A wine and beer garden will also be on hand for the adults. Expect an ugly sweater contest and a Santa Claus photo booth for the little ones.
Attendance is free.