Monthly Monterey Park night market to open in July

A new monthly night market will soon hit the streets of the San Gabriel Valley. The MPK Night Market, opening July 25 at 5:30 p.m., will feature food, music, and live entertainment in Monterey Park.

Located at Barnes Park, the MPK Night Market will be more intimate than the 626 Night Market held at Santa Anita Racetrack. While the Monterey Park event will be reminiscent of traditional Taiwanese night markets and the 626 Night Market, it will be more multi-ethnic and less of a traditional family event, said Stella Cho, spokesperson for marketing company KCM Agency. KCM is organizing the night market with the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re not creating the event to be Asian,” said Cho, adding that the event will include a concert and beer garden. This will be the first time the city of Monterey Park will allow a group to serve alcohol in a public park.

Three percent of beer and wine sales will benefit American Legion Post 397, a non-profit veterans organization located next to Barnes Park. Operating a full-service bar, American Legion will host the night market’s after-party.

Plans for the MPK Night Market began when the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce approached KCM about bringing nightlife to the city and Monterey Park Mayor Anthony Wong wanted to liven up the “sleepy” town, Cho said. More than 5,000 attendees are expected to attend the event.

“[The Chamber] wanted to do something exciting for all demographics,” said Chamber of Commerce board member and MPK Night Market chair Rafael Salazar. “We’re expecting a lot of surrounding communities. We’re really trying to create an aura of participation of different communities.”

The MPK Night Market will open July 25 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at Barnes Park, 350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, Calif., 91754.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Night Market opened on June 25. We apologize for the error.

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