A scene from last year’s festivities. The 2014 Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival comes to the International District on September 13. • Courtesy Photo
A scene from last year’s festivities. The 2014 Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival comes to the International District on September 13. • Courtesy Photo

The Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) is back with the second night market of the summer on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. The Night Market & Moon Festival will be at Union Station Plaza and 5th Avenue South. Admission is free.

The success of the Dragon Fest and Night Market in July has been reassuring to the folks at CIDBIA, who expect the Night Market and Moon Festival to be even bigger.

“This is our second night market this summer—the first was at Dragon Fest and had over 10,000 people,” said CIDBIA executive director Don Blakeney. “We expect quite a few more on the 13th of September as we will have more food vendors, and more craft vendors, and will be activating Union Station Plaza, Seattle’s biggest transit hub.”

The upcoming Night Market will feature over 40 food trucks and vendors, an international market place, a B-Boy competition, an all-ages dance party, and the Kirin Ichiban Japanese Beer Garden.

“We stumbled into the dance party portion by accident last year,” Blakeney said. “All of us at the CIDBIA like a good dance party. Heck, we have a disco ball in our office. So as a part of our collaboration with C-89.5 FM, we asked Richard J. Dalton if he would spin at Dragon Fest last summer. It was a complete blast, and we asked him back to Night Market last September and he hit it out of the park. With the success of the dance party portion at this summer’s Dragon Fest, we think it’s a fun component that makes Seattle’s Night Market unique.”

The festival kicks off with a break dance competition by Outshine Productions. The outdoor dance party will be led by DJ Fish Boogie and C89.5’s DJ Richard J. Dalton at the turntables.

“People travel to Vancouver just to experience the Richmond night market,” Blakeney said. “Seatteites are hungry for street food, and for night markets.”

The Night Market & Moon Festival takes place Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit http://nightmarketseattle.squarespace.com.

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