H&8 Market Night
Presented by Fowler Toyota of Norman, H&8th Night Market is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the last Friday of each month. There is no cost to attend. The name H&8th refers to the event’s epicenter and place of origin: at the corner of Hudson Avenue and N.W. 8th Street.

Here’s 6 highlight from this month’s Night Market:

1. H&8th Night Market expands north to 10th Street

H&8th Night Market will expand its footprint another block north along Hudson Avenue to N.W. 10th Street for the next event, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 27.

According to event manager Brian Bergman, the expansion is intended to keep pace with steadily growing attendance, estimated at 25,000 for the May event.

“This will be the largest and most diverse H&8th Night Market by far,” Bergman said. “We continue to look for creative ways to better utilize the space available to us, and now with the expansion to 10th Street we take another step toward connecting with the greater Midtown area, increasing shopping and dining options and incorporating district-wide activities into the mix.”

Food from Kosmos BBQ

2. Record-Breaking 43 Food Trucks

A record-breaking forty-three food trucks are confirmed: 2 Brothers Bistro, Adolini’s Pizzeria, Back Door BBQ, Big O’s Spuds, Big Truck Tacos, Café Bella on Wheels, Chick N Wangs, The Crazy Samosa, Crepe Brewers, El Reno Original Fried Onion Burgers, Epic Pops, Frank’s Wurst, G’s Chili Company, Green & Grilled, Hawk’s Hot Dogs, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Huey’s Shave Ice, The Hungry Duckling, Jerky.com, Kaiteki Ramen, Kosmos BBQ, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Lalo’s I Love My Taco Chop & Grill, The Loaded Bowl, Mexiasian Fusion, Mexi Dog, Moto Chef, Mutt’s Hot Dogs, Nilima’s, Off The Hook Seafood & More, Pagoda Pizza, Pie on the Fly, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, The Saucee Sicilian, Smokin’ Okies, Stella Reaux, Stillwaffles, Super Juice, Tacos El Patron, Taco N Ganas, Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffle, Taste of Soul Eggroll and Wild Al’s.

Four local chefs have joined forces to add Oklahoma’s first banana pudding food truck to the dessert options at H&8th. Four original banana pudding recipes were created by Chefs Kurt Fleischfresser, Jonathon Stranger, Josh Valentine and Marc Dunham, and one of the recipes will be selected by the chefs to produce and serve at the event from a food truck donated by Beatnix Café owner Sandra Ceballos. The concept is an awareness- and fund-raiser for Wiggle Out Loud, a nonprofit family music festival scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City.

Elemental Coffee will serve coffee and tea, and COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.

3. Live Music

Live music on the main stage will feature:

  • Power pop band Akiba at 7 p.m.
  • Surf rock band Bored Wax at 8 p.m.
  • Garage rock band Junebug Spade at 9 p.m.
  • Rapper Josh Sallee at 10 p.m.

    4. Retail Shopping

    This month’s 7th Street retail shopping village, curated by Ashley Terry, will include: The Plant Shoppe, Born and Raised OK Sweet Treats, The Clad Stache, Group Fly, A Date With Iris, The Little Bubble, Shanna Banana, Trade Men’s Wares, The Okay See and Shop Good.

    5. Bug Petting Zoo and Louge

    The Nature Conservancy, located at 408 NW 7th St., will host a live bug petting zoo featuring more than 25 species of living arthropods with insight provided by entomologist Andrine Shufran from Oklahoma State University, and the second installment of the ‘Nature in Art’ series, featuring insect photo-stacking works by Bob Sober.

    TruckIt OKC, a cell phone application that will allow users to find and track food trucks in Oklahoma City, will host a new lounge area with 15-tables and 135 chairs at NW 8th Street, similar to the 7th Street lounge provided by local dining discovery platform Fubelly.

    6. Okie Shorts from deadCENTER

    The deadCENTER Film Festival will screen its 2014 Okie Shorts lineup starting at 9:30 p.m. at NW 9th Street. The intersection will also include activities with the OKC Energy FC professional soccer team, a water park by Ozarka Water Company and the 21-to-enter Night Lounge.

    Sponsors for H&8th Night Market include: Fowler Toyota of Norman, Prodigal, Midtown Association, Ozarka Water Company, Ludivine, Elemental Coffee, COOP Ale Works, The Nature Conservancy and Bin There Dump That.

    For more information about H&8th Night Market, including an event map, visit h8thokc.com or call 633-1703. Updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter (#OKCNightMarket).

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