Night Market 2021VIEW EVENT DETAILS
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Our annual Night Market is back and bigger than ever!
At Asia Society Texas' all-ages festival, look forward to:
- After-hours exhibition access
- A curated selection of food, home goods, art, and apparel from local artisans
- Family-friendly fun at our Night in Seoul carnival
- The debut of Asia Society's Unity Wall
- Exclusive-access Beer Garden
- Sumo wrestling demonstrations
- K-pop performances
- Table tennis and American Mah Jongg
- The launch of our Spotlight Asiatown website, highlighting dozens of local AAPI-owned restaurants and small businesses
This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for planning purposes.
For questions, please contact Michael Buening, Director of Performing Arts and Culture, at MBuening@AsiaSociety.org.
Activities, Food & Drink, and Shopping
Food and Drink
Home Goods, Art, and Apparel
Amara's Trunk | APDAT Print Co. | Bad Saber | Bedrock City Comic Co. | Boutique by Maryam | Casa Indika | The Community Cloth | Enchand Maison | Ethnic Rootz | FABSPIRIT | Ginably | Just2Artists | Kimono Zulu | Luna Lit Media | Madame Butterfly Nagasaki | Nobl Cushions | Pop Resin | Roots in Harmony | Tiger Lily | She Has Hope | Usagi Wasabi
- A Night in Seoul, featuring games and activities inspired by Korean night markets
- An otaku alley, focused on all things manga, anime, and cosplay
- K-pop dance performances
- Sumo wrestling demonstration
- American Mah Jongg marathons
- Table tennis game zone
- Sand painting
- Chinese calligraphy
- Henna tattoos provided by Puranik Foundation
- Onsite voter registration, raffle giveaway, and more provided by OCA Greater Houston
- And more!
- See the schedule »
Free Entry to Exhibition
Artist Kana Harada has produced new works during this time of global pandemic that blend messages of hope and positivity with visual innovations that create an imaginative universe of awe, wonder, and intimacy. Transforming the galleries into a space of contemplation and renewal, the exhibition draws the natural world into museum spaces and embodies the artist's wishes for a peaceful and bright future for all.
SOLD OUT: Beer Garden
Back by popular demand! Enjoy exclusive entry to our special-access Beer Garden, offering a unique foodie experience with select Asian beers, nonalcoholic beverages, and street foods by Pepper Twins and Shun Japanese Kitchen — all available only to Beer Garden guests. All ages are welcome!
21+ Wristbands: $30
21-Under Wristbands: $10
UPDATE, November 11, 2021 — The Beer Garden is sold out. Wristbands will not be available for sale onsite. If you purchased a wristband or became a member under our special, please pick up your wristband at Will Call, located at our information tent in front of the building.
Limit one (1) wristband per person. Purchase of a 21+ Wristband includes two (2) tickets redeemable for one (1) beverage each. All wristbands grant access to a restricted area of the festival with complimentary culinary offerings. Guests under age 21 must wear a 21-Under Wristband and must always be accompanied by an adult with a wristband. Age will be verified on-site for both online and walk-up sales. Please bring valid ID. All sales are final; no refunds.
Health and Safety
Asia Society Texas Center will be closed to the public Friday, November 12, until Night Market begins at 6 p.m.
Parking and Directions
Paid parking is available in Asia Society Texas' lot across Southmore Boulevard from the building. Entrance is located on Caroline Street.
For additional details about accessing the Museum District — including Metrorail and more parking options — please visit the Houston Museum District website.
|Ongoing||A Night in Seoul Carnival
|6:15 p.m.||Sumo Wrestling||Upstairs|
|6:30 p.m.||Unity Wall launch
|7 p.m.||K-Pop Dance||Outdoors|
|7:15 p.m.||Sumo Wrestling||Upstairs|
|7:30 p.m.||Table Tennis with the Pros
|7:45 p.m.||K-Pop Dance Lesson||Outdoors|
|8 p.m.||Sumo Wrestling||Upstairs|
|8:30 p.m.||K-Pop Dance
|9 p.m.||Sumo Wrestling||Upstairs|
|9:30 p.m.||Sand Painting||Downstairs|
Join the fun by volunteering for the event! Shifts are 5:30–8 p.m. and 7:45–10:15 p.m.
To sign up, please email Kaitlyn Ellison at VolunteerTX@AsiaSociety.org.
About Night Market
Drawing inspiration from street markets commonly found in East and Southeast Asia, Asia Society Texas' annual Night Market festival celebrates Houston's arts and food scenes while also engaging visitors through thought-provoking exhibitions and all-ages activities.
In 2020, we transformed Night Market into an interactive virtual event highlighting dozens of local AAPI-owned restaurants and small businesses that were the first to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Creating a space where audiences could learn about and order directly from these businesses, as well as enjoy interviews, cooking demonstrations, and stories, our virtual Night Market celebrated and supported Houston's vibrant and diverse AAPI communities.
Building upon the beloved in-personal tradition since 2013 and the success of our virtual event, Night Market 2021 returns in-person, followed by a launch of our At Home in Asiatown website. We welcome you to enjoy all the tastes, sights, sounds, shopping, and fun that Asia Society visitors have come to anticipate and love.
Previous Night Market Events
2020: Virtual Night Market
2019: Highlights | Details
2018: Highlights | Details
2017: Highlights | Details
2016: Highlights | Details
2015: Highlights | Details
2013: Highlights | Details
Night Market Sponsors
Divya and Chris Brown
Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty
The Southwest Management District
Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation
A Night in Seoul Carnival Sponsor
The Cho Family Charitable Fund on behalf of Houston Korean Education Center
Chow Down in Chinatown
Teri and Jeff Lee
International Management District
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston