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H&8th expands due to record numbers

The crowd looking south from 8th during H&8th.
The crowd looking south from 8th during H&8th.


The H&8th Night Market opened last month to a record-setting crowd between 15,000 and 20,000, doubling the previous high attendance mark, so this month organizers have extended the event’s northern boundary to NW 9 Street along Hudson Avenue tonight’s event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Closing an additional block on Hudson will allow us to include even more of the city’s most celebrated food trucks and increase the amount of space people have to gather and meet new people,” said Brian Bergman, H&8th Night Market event manager. “We’ve also added a well-curated pop-up retail shopping village on 7th Street and are making better use of available green space with the OKC Energy FC bringing soccer-related activities to the event each month during their season.”

The family- and pet-friendly street festival at the corner of Hudson Avenue and NW 8 Street runs the last Friday of each month between March and October. The main draw are food trucks, of which Bergman said there will be 37 lining the streets tonight.

Food trucks confirmed: 2 Brothers Bistro, Adolini’s Pizzeria, Big O’s Spuds, Big Truck Tacos, Cafe Bella on Wheels, Chick N Wangs, Crepe Brewers, El Reno Original Fried Onion Burgers, Epic Pops, Frank’s Wurst, Green & Grilled, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Huey’s Shave Ice,, Kaiteki Ramen, Kosmos BBQ, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Lalo’s I Love My Taco Chop & Grill, The Loaded Bowl, Mexiasian Fusion, Off The Hook Seafood & More, Pagoda Pizza, Pie on the Fly, Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, The Saucee Sicilian, Smokin’ Okies, Tacos El Patron, Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffle, and Taste of Soul Eggroll.

Neighborhood restaurant Ludivine will demo potential menu items for a new restaurant concept planned to open later this year at 320 NW 10 St. Open seating, $40 per person, call 405-778-6800 for reservations. Attendees who offer feedback on a selection of three appetizers, three entrees and two desserts will be entered to win a dinner for two.

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

Live music on the main stage will feature bands from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), including: The Argots at 7 p.m., Rachel Brashear at 8 p.m., Siloh at 9 p.m. and Vinace at 10 p.m. There will also be live performances at four busking zones across the event and live poetry by Short Order Poems.

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, Trade Men’s Wares, Shop Good, and The Okay See.

OKC Energy FC – preparing for their home opener on Saturday, April 26 – will energize the green space at the southwest corner of NW 9 Street and Hudson Avenue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fans can take their best shot at the pro soccer team’s interactive inflatable goal. Official team gear will also be available for purchase. Visit The Nature Conservancy booth on NW 7 Street and register to win a free kayak.

The weather should be spectacular, and the street festival is the official after-party of Oklahoma City Arts Council’s Festival of the Arts.

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

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 The crowd looking south from 8th during H&8th.

The crowd looking south from 8th during H&8th.

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