Night Market 2023VIEW EVENT DETAILS
Friday, November 3, 2023
6–10 p.m. Festival
Free outdoor market, plus ticketed indoor activities ($5–$10). Members enjoy exclusive early access to indoor activities, 5–6 p.m.!
RAIN OR SHINE: Our annual Night Market is bigger and better than ever! Drawing inspiration from street markets commonly found in East and Southeast Asia, Asia Society Texas' all-ages festival celebrates Houston's AAPI communities through food, arts, and activities.
New this year, enjoy an expanded festival footprint, with room for even more vendors, activities, and fun! While the outdoor market is free and open to the public, tickets are required to access activities and performances inside Asia Society Texas' building.
Look forward to:
FREE Outdoor Fun
- A curated selection of food, home goods, art, and apparel from local vendors and artisans
- Games and cultural installations
- Otaku Alley highlighting all things manga, anime, and cosplay
- All-access Beer Garden
Ticketed Indoor Fun
- After-hours exhibition access
- Sumo wrestling demonstrations (enhanced ticket required)
- All-ages fun at a Japanese-style carnival
- Mahjong and games zone
Tickets for indoor activities are $5 and limited-quantity. Admission to sumo wrestling demonstrations is an additional $5; tickets are limited-quantity. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged.
For questions, please contact Michael Buening, Director of Performing Arts and Culture, at MBuening@AsiaSociety.org.
Activities, Food and Drink, and Shopping
Call for Vendors!
We invite food and retail vendors to join the fun! Vendor applications are due September 25; please, no phone calls.
Food and Drink
B&B Concession | Butter Baby Bakery | Cooking With Ami Santha | Dough Digger | Dumpling Haus | Finally Vegan Macarons | Heartful Cane | Karuna's Kitchen / Kanto Food | Magic Cup | Mama Marie's Filipino Soul Food | Popssibilties | Reza Persian Grill | Sugar Bubs | Tanuki Go
Home Goods, Art, and Apparel
A-Rod Balloons | Blue Moth Co | The Community Cloth | Ethnic Evolution | Ethnic Rootz | Fabspirit | Ginably | Just2Artists | Kawaii Baby | Madame Butterfly Nagasaki | Magpie Jewelry Designs | nochew | Olmox Fine Filigree Jewelry | Pop Resin | StarMoon Jewelry | Tiger Lily | Trishnna Tea | The T's Creations | Usagi Wasabi | Zen Art Calligraphy
- Japanese-inspired carnival, featuring games and activities
- An Otaku Alley highlighting all things manga, anime, and cosplay
- Sumo wrestling demonstrations by Shogeki Sumo
- Mahjong game zone
Free After-Hours Exhibition Access
Featuring more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and textile works, this exhibition traces the evolution of renowned Himalayan artist Tsherin Sherpa's Spirits series as it stretches, bends, reconfigures, and repurposes elements from traditional Tibetan art, merging them with modern imagery.
Health and Safety
Night Market is a rain-or-shine event taking place both indoors and outdoors.
Asia Society Texas Center will be closed to the public Friday, November 3, until Night Market begins at 6 p.m. Asia Society members are invited to enjoy early access to indoor activities, 5–6 p.m.; tickets are required for members after 6 p.m.
Starting at noon on Friday, November 3, Southmore Boulevard in front of the building will be closed to vehicle traffic.
Parking and Directions
The Asia Society Texas parking lot will be used for the festival and will NOT be available for parking. Parking is available at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Street parking is also available. Bicycle racks are available in our parking lot for no cost.
For additional details about accessing the Museum District — including METRO Rail and more parking options — please visit the Houston Museum District website.
Given the limited parking that is available, we strongly encourage guests to consider public transportation and ride share options.
Asia Society Texas Center is a five-minute walk from the Museum District METRO Rail Station.
Join the fun by volunteering for the event! Shifts are 5–8 p.m. and 7:30–10:30 p.m.
To sign up, please email Amal Hasan at VolunteerTX@AsiaSociety.org.
|Ongoing||Beer Tent and Vendors
Japanese-Style Carnival and Game Zone
Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits Exhibition Entry
|6:30 p.m.||Sumo Wrestling||Indoors** (Theater)|
|9 p.m.||Sumo Wrestling||Indoors** (Theater)|
* Tickets for indoor activities are $5 and limited-quantity.
** Admission to sumo wrestling demonstrations is an additional $5; tickets are limited-quantity. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged.
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.
Building upon this beloved tradition since 2013 and the launch of the website Spotlight Asiatown in 2021, we welcome you to enjoy all the tastes, sights, sounds, shopping, and fun that Asia Society visitors have come to anticipate and love.
Interested in sponsoring Night Market? Please contact Saleena Jafry, Vice President, Development, at SJafry@AsiaSociety.org.
Previous Night Market Events
2022: Highlights | Details
2021: Highlights | Details | Spotlight Asiatown
2020: Virtual Night Market
2019: Highlights | Details
2018: Highlights | Details
2017: Highlights | Details
2016: Highlights | Details
2015: Highlights | Details
2013: Highlights | Details
Otaku Alley Sponsor
Night Market Sponsors
Divya and Chris Brown
Joyce Wealth Management, LLC
Teri and Jeff Lee
Southwest Management District
Stevie Vu | Chow Down in Chinatown
Japan Series Presenting Sponsor
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004