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SF’s largest Filipino night market will return in October for its biggest season yet

SF’s largest Filipino night market will return in October for its biggest season yet
The Kapwa Gardens event space at 967 Mission Street produced Kultivate Labs. | Photo: Courtesy of UNDSCVRD SF
By Matt - Published on August 19, 2022.

Debuting back in 2017, UNDSCRVD SF — the Filipino night market that comes to SoMa come fall — will return for its sixth season on October 22nd for what organizers are calling its “biggest season yet,” complete with more artists, food pop-ups, and DJs than ever before.

The end result of a collaboration by Kultivate Labs and Make it Mariko, UNDSCVRD SF is a non-profit venture designed to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of San Francisco Filipino communities. Over the last two years, as well, the city’s largest Filipino night market has doubled as a way to celebrate and draw attention to SOMA Pilipinas — San Francisco's Filipino cultural district that debuted in 2020.

 
 
 
 
 
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Ever since the market debuted in 2017, UNDSCVRD SF has grown into a popular Sunday staple for people to experience the city’s rich Filipino culture. After all: The San Francisco Bay Area has the second largest number of Filipino Americans in the U.S., with a population of over 480,000.

The pandemic proved especially troublesome for the crowded market that usually sees thousands of attendees when it's hosted. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, even organizers put together a smattering of online events and digital fundraisers to both support the community and help the beloved calendar staple weather through the pandemic.

Thankfully, after a 19-month hiatus, UNDSCVVRD SF was able to successfully organize and debut its first in-person event on October 16 of last year; it featured a culture crawl through the SoMa Pilipinas Culture District and enough ube morsels to stain your tongue purple.

For 2022, organizers have also promised a “theme park-themed culture crawl” that will span several more locations in SOMA Pilipinas — including the parks inside the new sprawling residential building at 430 Natoma Street, 5M.

A full list of participating vendors, as well as performers and on-site activities,  is expected to be released sometime later in October. For more information on UNDISCOVERED, including sponsors of the nonprofit and a list of participating vendors, visit undiscoveredsf.com.