On Thursday, October 12th, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) held its annual Chinatown Yè Shì Night Market, for the seventh year in a row! The event was held in the heart of Chinatown. Despite the threat of rain, the clouds held off. This was the place to be for foodies and families alike. Modeled after the East and Southeast Asian tradition of open-air bazaars, Yè Shì Night Market attracted about 20,000 attendees and 63 vendors. The food ranged from lobster rolls to tacos to sweets, and everything in between. There was something for everyone!
In addition to all the food and drinks, the night was alive with performances held throughout. The streets were lively with a lion dance by the Philadelphia Suns and the main stage at The China Friendship Gate included performances by: DJ Ronnie, CAWSSP, Penn EnChord, Good Good Comedy Theater, Dreaming Thomas, L8nite, and 3×8. This year, PCDC added a second stage at 9th and Race Streets, in addition to the main stage. The second stage was an open mic. We had performances by: KIDZ (幼稚鬼),Stewart Brodian, Indonesian Martial Arts, Craft D Pham, Isabella Antonini, Modero & Company, Marion & Michelle, NIIC the Singing Dog, Overcoming Gravity, and Double Black Diamonds.
Let’s not forget about 10th Street Plaza! DJ Kevin Kong & DJ XTina provided an amazing music experience. There was also wind chiming making, origami, and even a mahjong tournament. This year’s Yè Shì Night Market, was one for the books. This would not be possible without the extraordinary support from the community! A huge thank you to the 140 local volunteers from Temple University, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Ursinus College, Central High School, Philadelphia SUNS and many friends and families of the community that came out to lend a hand. Let’s not forget about our sponsors: AARP, Bath Fitter, Breslow Partners, AARP Fraud Watch Network, DJ Ronnie D, Green Mountain Energy, and Inspire!
This event brought in a great deal of foot traffic that provided a financial boost for both local restaurants and food trucks. The night market is part of PCDC’s Main Street Program, whose purpose is to draw more visitors to Chinatown, and build capacity for local small businesses and entrepreneurs. The event provides exposure for small businesses, provides job training opportunities, and connects successful participants to larger citywide venues. PCDC generates positive exposure and awareness of Philadelphia Chinatown, highlighting it as a destination for all.
Photos by Mindy Tran.