When: Fri., Aug. 28 and Fri., Sept. 25 2015
Night markets, originating in Asia as illegal “ghost markets” that bustled through the evening and vanished before daybreak, have begun taking major North American cities by storm. Rows of glowing vendor booths light up the night, music fills the air, art is sold to passersby and, most importantly, xiaochi, or small eats and street food, are served up as fast bites throughout the fleeting bazaar. On the last Friday of every month, Night Market Cleveland (nightmarketcle.com) has popped up from 5 to 11 p.m. on the Rockwell Ave. block at East 21st St. Emperor’s dim sum will be served as quick takeaways, along with snacky fare from other nearby restaurants, such as pad Thai, pineapple buns, lo mein and bubble tea. But don’t be surprised if the food comes to you first. A fleet of carts outfitted with birch-topped counters and wheels from Ohio City Bike Co-Op was constructed to rove the crowd. Expect longstanding neighborhood favorite Koko Bakery to zip by offering some of their most popular pastries. The night market is using this opportunity to show all the ways St. Clair Superior and AsiaTown are growing. (Nikki Delamotte) 21st St. and Rockwell, nightmarketcle.com.