As night falls this weekend, the delicious scent of Asian-inspired street food will fill the air as a lively open-air market returns to the Convoy District, one of San Diego's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods.
The third annual San Diego Night Market – a celebration of Asian culture, food and live entertainment – goes down Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight, and again Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Kearny Office Park at 8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Hosted by the Convoy District Partnership, the unique event is designed to stimulate economic growth in the area while showcasing everything the cool, diverse Convoy District has to offer.
More than 50 vendors will line the area, selling Asian-inspired treats, including boba drinks, specialty tofu, Korean tacos, Chinese pancakes and baos, Vietnamese garlic noodles and banh mi sandwiches, just to name a few dishes.
Other vendors will also sell handmade goods and apparel.
A stage at the center of the action will feature dance and other musical performances throughout the Night Market, plus a late-night laser show. Organizers say the event will also include carnival games.
After the fest, the 21+ crowd can head to the Satellite Beer Garden to enjoy a “Convoy Beer Flight” and after-party bites at nearby businesses Common Theory, Nolbu SD and O’Brien’s Pub.
The outdoor market draws a large crowd, and this weekend should be no different. Organizers say there will be free parking and shuttle services at the event, available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Parking is available at the following two locations: Ashford University's Sunroad parking structure (Sunroad Centrum Lane) and the front part of the San Diego Unified School District's Physical Plant Operations parking structure (4860 Ruffner St.).
Free shuttles will take people from those parking locations to the Night Market, operating non-stop on Saturday between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m., and Sunday between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Admission to the San Diego Night Market is $2 per person. Kids 12 and under get in free. Fast-Pass tickets can be bought ahead of time here.