For the next four Saturdays the Fubonn shopping center (or the parking lot, anyway) will be hosting Jade Night Market. It’s an attempt to replicate the night markets that are big social events in Asia and to foster a sense of community in the Jade District, which is centered on SE 82nd. There will be a mix of food and craft vendors, entertainers and musicians (expect a hotchpotch of Asian folk music, lion dancers, Chinese opera and hip hop from the Portland State Hip-Hop Alliance). Entry is free and families are welcome—there will be children’s activities including games and face painting. Meanwhile, the adults get a beer garden. Some of the confirmed food vendors include Momo Cart from SE Belmont, which does Nepalese food, the excellent Choi’s Kimchi, Little Boba Truck, and Two Ox’s Asian Cuisine.
For the first two Saturdays the event is also part of a Know Your City walking tour that focuses on the Jade District, visiting restaurants, business and community leaders. The walk, part of the non-profit’s mission to "connect people and place," will spend three hours touring the blocks along SE 82nd and calling in to places such as Wing Ming Herbs, the Portland Chinese Times, Portland Community College's new SE center and the Fubonn Shopping Center, before ending up at the night market. Jade Night Market, August 23 & 30, September 6 & 13, 6-10 pm, free.
Jade District Tour, August 23 & 30, 3pm, $10-$20 fee on a sliding scale (though nobody will be turned away for lack of funds); spaces are limited and tickets can be booked here