Night Market

Traditional Asian markets are held in the cool, evening hours, with street vendors hawking food, drink, and entertainment. The Night Market in the ID happens but once a year, and you don’t want to miss it. Also, skip lunch (and maybe breakfast) before sampling from booths offering Chinese, Vietnamese, and Taiwanese cuisine. There’s also grilled corn, shaved ice, and coconut drinks. Full already? Get out your wallet to shop from jewelry to yoga wear to video games. After a martial arts demo, the Lion & Dragon Dance will fill the street with a wave of color and rhythmic drumming. Pixar’s delightful animated family movie Up—with subtitles in Spanish (?), not Mandarin—will be shown at dusk. There’s even an anime costume contest for kids. A few blocks away, the festival overlaps with Uwajimaya’s Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival (noon-8 p.m.), with food vendors in the parking lot, taiko drum groups, and a tofu eating contest. ADRIANA GRANT

Sat., Aug. 28, 6-11 p.m., 2010

 
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