‘OUR Street Night Market’ returns to Sacramento’s R Street corridor

The Our Street Night Market, located along Sacramento’s R Street corridor, returned Saturday.”When you do things for the right reasons and you do things to make a cultural impact and do things for your community, no matter how tired you get or whatever ends up happening, it always feels good,” said Shawn Kahan, one of the market’s organizers. “I feel great.”The market is a tribute to the city’s arts and food scene and designed to be an opportunity to bring the community together through art and food.”We try to seamlessly work our way into the neighborhood,” he said of the installations throughout. “We want it to feel like places are activated but we want it to feel like they’re supposed to be there almost.”Bringing the market to Sacramento is a labor of love for Kahan. Kahan said following the passing of the late developer Ali Youssefi, a fervent supporter of the arts and artists, he and his business partner wanted to put together an event that would honor his vision.”It was such a beautiful vision,” he said. “There’s a lot of deep meaning and purpose behind what we do.”Kahan was traveling in Asia, he said and became inspired by the night market culture he experienced there.”I thought that was perfect for something to bring to Sacramento and something that would really resonate here,” he said.Stephanie Bozzalla, of Buenos Aires Grill, said the market has become a tradition for her family’s food truck. The truck serves authentic Argentinian cuisine, including empanadas. “We’ve been coming here since 2018,” she said. “We were one of the original food truck vendors here and we’re just so proud of how far it’s come. It’s such great exposure for all the food trucks in the area. I feel like the entire city is here.”Kahan said roughly 15 to 20,000 people attended Saturday, but that he was still awaiting a final count. The market ran from 11th to 14th streets on R Street from 5 p.m. until midnight Saturday. Activities included live painting, dance performance, dance lessons, outside arcade games, a silent disco and much more.

The Our Street Night Market, located along Sacramento’s R Street corridor, returned Saturday.

“When you do things for the right reasons and you do things to make a cultural impact and do things for your community, no matter how tired you get or whatever ends up happening, it always feels good,” said Shawn Kahan, one of the market’s organizers. “I feel great.”

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The market is a tribute to the city’s arts and food scene and designed to be an opportunity to bring the community together through art and food.

“We try to seamlessly work our way into the neighborhood,” he said of the installations throughout. “We want it to feel like places are activated but we want it to feel like they’re supposed to be there almost.”

Bringing the market to Sacramento is a labor of love for Kahan. Kahan said following the passing of the late developer Ali Youssefi, a fervent supporter of the arts and artists, he and his business partner wanted to put together an event that would honor his vision.

“It was such a beautiful vision,” he said. “There’s a lot of deep meaning and purpose behind what we do.”

Kahan was traveling in Asia, he said and became inspired by the night market culture he experienced there.

“I thought that was perfect for something to bring to Sacramento and something that would really resonate here,” he said.

Stephanie Bozzalla, of Buenos Aires Grill, said the market has become a tradition for her family’s food truck. The truck serves authentic Argentinian cuisine, including empanadas.

“We’ve been coming here since 2018,” she said. “We were one of the original food truck vendors here and we’re just so proud of how far it’s come. It’s such great exposure for all the food trucks in the area. I feel like the entire city is here.”

Kahan said roughly 15 to 20,000 people attended Saturday, but that he was still awaiting a final count.

The market ran from 11th to 14th streets on R Street from 5 p.m. until midnight Saturday.

Activities included live painting, dance performance, dance lessons, outside arcade games, a silent disco and much more.

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