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Popular Asian-themed 626 Night Market to return to Pasadena

The first 626 Night Market brought record crowds to Colorado Boulevard.

The popular 626 Night Market — which brought an estimated 10,000 people to Colorado Boulevard last month — is due to return this summer at Centennial Square, organizers said.

The event, which is modeled after the night markets in Asia, is scheduled to have 200 vendors set up shop in front of Pasadena City Hall July 28.

Many complained that they couldn't get food at the first event, which had around 80 vendors, because the lines were too long and vendors ran out of supplies, the Pasadena Sun reported.

"From a turnout perspective, it obviously went too well," co-founder Jonny Hwang said last month. "We weren't expecting that many people."

Hwang said he listened to customers that commented on their social media sites to improve the experience the next time around.

Traffic flow was a main issue for the first market. Police had to temporarily close down a neighboring street to alleviate street traffic.

But organizers say the City Hall location is four times larger than the space where the first market took place on Oakland Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street.

Organizers also plan to work with the city of Pasadena to coordinate traffic flow and open up private parking lots.

The market will be open from 4 to 11:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

Photo: The first 626 Night Market brought record crowds to Colorado Boulevard. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Times Community News

 
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