San Francisco’s Filipino night market to return in October with culture crawl and new vendors

San Francisco’s Filipino night market to return in October with culture crawl and new vendors
A picture that was taken of UNDSCVRD SF's night market circa 2018. | Photo courtesy of SoMa Pilipinas
By Matt Charnock - Published on August 30, 2021.

UNDSCVRD SF — the beloved Filipino night market that was hosted every Sunday on Folsom Street, between 6th and 8th streets — was effectively shuttered because of COVID-19. But after a 19-month hiatus, the non-profit venture is set to hold its first in-person event on October 16, which will feature a culture crawl through the SoMa Pilipinas Culture District.

Produced by Kultivate Labs and Make it Mariko, the  UNDSCVRD SF is a non-profit venture designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of San Francisco Filipino communities. Ever since the market debuted in 2017, UNDSCVRD SF has become a popular Sunday fixture for locals and transients alike to sponge up the city’s rich Filipino culture — made possible by the dozens of vendors who participate in each market, selling all sorts of street food and craft goods. 

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Much like for every in-person event organized last year, UNDSCVRD SF’s night markets were shut down. (The nonprofit did, however, host UNDSCVRD X — which became the largest online event for Filipino culture of its kind held in 2020 — amid the strict social distancing measures put in place at that time.) But with vaccination rates on the rise (and this fourth wave of infections showing signs of slowing in San Francisco), the organization is set to host a culture crawl to kick-off its upcoming series of night markets.

“Our community has been eagerly waiting for the return of UNDSCVRD in person, and it's finally here,” reads a statement released by the nonprofit about the upcoming event that will take attendees through the SoMa Pilipinas Culture District, as well as put them in the way products from local small businesses. “Our team is working hard to make this year's UNDSCVRD Culture Crawl 2021 as fun and safe as possible for everyone to come and explore the different venues while connecting with Filipino culture.”

A full list of participating vendors is expected to be released sometime in October; vendor applications are still open until September 12 for the event. But nevertheless: Rest assured you can expect the absolute best Filipino street food offerings anywhere in the city come that Saturday.

For more information on UNDISCOVERED, including sponsors of the nonprofit and a list of participating vendors, visit undiscoveredsf.com.