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Our Complete Guide To The Chinatown Night Market, Tonight, October 4th at 7PM

The final Night Market of 2012 hits Chinatown tonight, Thursday, October 4. It's going to be huge. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

The very last Night Market of 2012 returns to Chinatown tonight, Thursday, October 4, 7-11 p.m.

The first Chinatown Night Market was held last October, with crowds in the thousands and energy through the roof.

Tonight’s Night Market will shut down 10th Street between Arch and Vine Streets, and Race Street between 9th and 11th Streets.

More than 50 food trucks will be pulling up to serve delicious plates, everything from homemade cupcakes to wood-fired pizza to tasty tacos to creamy ice cream to mouthwateringly delicious gourmet hot dogs. Alongside them will be a great representation of Chinatown restaurant favorites.

Check out our guide to the 2012 Night Market Chinatown, below. And be sure to stop by and say hello at the Philly Homegrown Photobot photo booth, set up at 10th and Spring Streets. Get your photo taken for free at our booth and we’ll share it via Facebook tomorrow!

The Food Trucks

More than 50 food trucks are signed up for Night Market Chinatown, including a few brand new debuts: Street Food, Birds of Paradise Mobile, Joe Spud’s and Good Spoon.

Your Night Market favorites, including Gigi & Big R, Pitruco, Dapper Dog, Lucky Old Souls, Sugar Philly, Nomad Pizza Los Taquitos de Puebla and Zsa’s Ice Cream, will of course be returning.

Chinatown Restaurants

One of the best parts of a food-filled festival in the heart of one of Philadelphia’s most eclectic neighborhoods is the chance to try the restaurants themselves. Some Chinatown favorites that will be participating in Night Market tonight: QT Vietnamese Sandwich, Yakitori Boy, Cube Cafe, Vietnam Restaurant and more.

Live Music

The stage will be set up at the intersection of 10th and Arch Streets, right beneath the iconic Chinatown Arch.


Night Market isn’t just about the food. It also puts local beer, wine and liquor center stage. Tonight, you can try beer from Sixpoint Brewery, wine from Penns Woods Winery Philadelphia Distilling’s brand new XXX Shine Salted Caramel and XXX Shine LiberTea. Thirsty yet? Penns Woods will be located centrally at 10th and Race Streets, and Sixpoint and Philadelphia Distilling will each have two locations, one at 10th and Spring and one at 10th and Appletree.

How to Get There

Get there by bike: There will be a free bike corral at 10th and Cherry streets.

Get there by public transportation: The SEPTA Market-Frankford line stops at 8th and Market streets and 11th and Market streets. PATCO also stops at 8th and Market streets. SEPTA bus routes 23, 48 and 61 serve Chinatown. (Be aware of possible detours due to street closures.)

Get there by car: Discount Night Market parking is available for $6 at EZ Park. (Enter from 12th Street on Summer Street.) Discount Night Market parking is available for $5 at the Philadelphia Parking Authority. (Enter from 10th Street south of Arch; visit office to pay and receive discount.)

Be sure to follow us on Twitter throughout the evening to get updates on what’s going down in Chinatown.

Night Market Chinatown
When: Thursday, October 4, 7-11 p.m.
Where: 10th and Race Streets
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.nightmarketphilly.org

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