The OC Night Market is getting the summer season started by opening for the first of three weekend events, starting this Friday, May 13th! Festival goers will be celebrating the third year of the OC Night Market from 4pm-midnight at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event Center, located at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

The OC Night Market is one of the largest food festivals in Orange County, and features over a hundred local food vendors and chefs! Since the OC Night Market is produced by 626 Night Market, the largest Asian-themed night market in the U.S., many of the food vendors also feature traditional and contemporary Asian fare, as well as the more familiar over-the-top fair cuisine. With all the incredible vendors and the sixteen food trucks to choose from, the OC Night Market is basically food heaven.

We’re definitely looking forward to stopping by Norigami’s booth for the famous “Noritacos”, a mouth-watering combination of crispy seaweed tempura shells and fresh sushi-inspired fillings like spicy tuna, ahi poke, and soft shell crab. Thai Me Upp will be also be offering some feast-worthy Satay chicken wrapped with roti shell, peanut sauce, pickled cucumber and red onions. Grab a cold brew from the Kirin Ichiban beer lounge, and dinner is served!

For those who are looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, Rolling Ice Creamery offers a one of a kind dessert experience straight from Thailand featuring customizable rolled ice cream made from scratch using a sub-zero temperature pan. Square Ice Cream is also offering its most popular calorie-fest of a dessert; a square donut filled with ice cream, topped with Fruity Pebbles and then drizzled with white chocolate. Yum!!!!

The OC Night Market also aims to serve as a platform for local entrepreneurs, small businesses, artists and performers to connect to other like-minded individuals in the Orange County community. Over 50 non-food vendors will be selling unique homemade arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and bath and body products. The OC Night Market website has a full list of participating vendors for those who would like to research some of these amazing Orange County small businesses.

At the Art Walk area, artists will showcase their talents in medium such as photography and spray paint, with many pieces for sale at the event as well. Festival goers are also invited to participate in the ever popular Chalk Art contest! Local DJ’s and several live music performers will keep the energy flowing throughout the jam packed event each night while guests mix and mingle on the dance floor.

The OC Night Market is a great way to celebrate the return of glorious Southern California summer with your friends and entire family, and children 6 or under can enjoy free admission! General admission ticket prices are only $5, parking is $8, but both are cash only. ATM’s are available at the event, as are bike racks for local residents to avoid the parking fee.

Join us this weekend at the OC Night Market for incredible food, creative arts and crafts, energizing dance and music performances, and much, much more!