Ditch Target and Go to the Market
Story and Photos by Isabelle Cruz
Farmers markets can be too early for some people, and street fairs tend to happen too far away. The Streets of Downtown Long Beach, a 6-block shopping center in the heart of downtown, has come up with a creative and practical solution that marries a miniature Farmers Market and Street Fair. Their latest community event installation is called “Monday Night Market Under the Stars.”
The event’s goal is to create a “unique, curated shopping experience,” and it’s not only for one night! The market will be around for the fall and winter seasons, every Monday until Dec. 30.
Include this segment on your exploration of Long Beach nightlife with friends at your leisure. There is no entrance fee, and there is bound to be something for everyone at the market—whether it’s food, jewels, or just time to unwind.
Where is it?
The night market is conveniently tucked in Downtown Long Beach on the Promenade between Fourth and Third street, and the venue is surrounded by the local restaurants and dessert bars. The Streets of DTLB tries to maintain a waste-free market and encourages people to bring their own bags or reusable straws during their visit.
How do you get here?
You can take public transportation, but if you bring a car, parking is available around the market. There is free 2-hour parking in the indoor structure on Third Street west of the promenade. If you plan on staying longer, there is a $5 flat rate outdoor parking lot off to the left on Third Street past the promenade.
What’s at the market?
Each Monday Night Market features some fun, family-friendly activities: giant size games like Connect 4, chess, and corn hole; a variety of food vendors (e.g. Filipino, Salvadorian, vegan options); tasty treats (did you say macarons? Ice cream?); fresh fruits and handmade artisan crafts from Long Beach locals.
Once the sun slips away and its hues of golden orange transition into night, the lights will flicker and guests can hear some live music from DJs, bands, and scheduled dance performances.
The event can seem small and limited, but it also has the potential to be hang-out quality if you are trying to keep it a low-key, relaxing kind of night.