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Surf City Nights Favorite Finds
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 2:00 PM by Rachel Volbert
As the sun sets on a Tuesday, Downtown Huntington Beach attracts locals and visitors for the weekly Surf City Nights Street Fair and Farmers’ Market. Whether buying local crafts, taking advantage of $1 tacos or just enjoying the live entertainment, the Tuesday night tradition draws a crowd of nearly 6,000 people each week. Starting at 5pm and continuing through 9pm, vendor’s range from local artists to certified farmers. Bring the kids for children's activities including inflatable slides, rock climbing wall, face painting, a balloon artist, magicians, and the bubble man. Four legged friends are also welcome!
There are over 100 merchants and food stands spread along three blocks of Main Street and the first block of 5th Street with a refreshing ocean breeze sweeping across Pacific Coast Highway from the beach. Each block features a different live musical performer ranging from solo acoustic guitarists to hip hop dance groups. Food vendors can be found on Walnut Avenue serving chow mein, tamales, bacon wrapped hot dogs and more.
With so much going on, we’ve picked a few highlights to check out on your next visit to Surf City Nights…
Ha’s Apple Farm –He may be known as the “apple guy”, but Phillip Shin of Ha’s Apple Farm does more than just hand out samples. Using pink lady apples grown locally in the Tehachapi mountains, Shin hand carves animals and other fun characters for passerby’s. Make sure you stop by if you’re wandering Surf City Nights with kiddos as he puts on quite the show. Ha’s Apple Farm also sells jams, dried fruit, and syrups.
Bee Ladies – The Bee Ladies are well known at Orange County Farmers Markets, as their local honey products are best sellers. Pick up one pound jars including varieties such as orange blossom honey and sage honey. You can also purchase honeycomb, bee pollen and honey sticks of every flavor imaginable.
Sam Bernal– Huntington Beach artist, Sam Bernal, uses paint pens, acrylics, and spray paint to create “psychedelic high energy surf art”. You can find his fun and colorful artwork on prints, coffee mugs, skateboard decks, surfboards, shoes, and tshirts.
Cellar Door Candles – Using an original beeswax, coconut, and soy wax blend, Cellar Door Candles can be found on the Strand during Surf City Nights. The special process promises a long lasting burn and consistent fragrance. Choose from eight original scents in glass containers, tins, or reed diffusers.
Worldwide Plants – WorldWide Plants offers a diverse selection of beautiful and exotic succulents and cacti. They even sell mini $1 plants. Check them out on the Strand to see their wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
Insane Grains – A visit to the Insane Grains booth on the Strand will leave you amazed at the carving talent from Zack Camasta. His hand turned and handcrafted wood gifts includes wood pens, bowls, and wine stoppers.
Body Whip – Body whip is the creator of the original flip flop heel balm. Perfect for any beach body. They also sell handcrafted and chemical free lip balms, loofah soaps, and hand and body lotions
Hamboards – “Hamboards is Surf City on wheels”. Visit the booth of popular handcrafted longboard skateboards as seen on the popular television series, Shark Tank. This is the ultimate Huntington Beach souvenir.
Nuvo Olive Oil – Visit the brothers of Nuvo Olive Oil and take home some of their fresh, organic, extra virgin olive oil. You’ll taste the unique aromas and flavors from this once abandoned olive orchard.
Alex’s Fruits and Nuts - Alex’s Fruits & Nuts sell over 50 varieties of nuts as well as a selection of dried fruits, making for a healthy snack. Can’t find the flavor you want? Check out their online store!
Back Yard Mary – Voted #1 bloody mary mix in the world by Cigar & Spirits Magazine, Back Yard Mary was created in 2004. Made with tomato juice, Worcestershire, lemon juice, Tabasco, horseradish, and 8 different spices, this recipe includes a special kicker for a consistent taste! See their website for recipes.
Baba Foods – Enjoy a broad range of delicious flavors of authentic Mediterranean dips and sauces made from the freshest ingredients high in nutritional value. We recommend the Roasted Sweet Bell Pepper Hummus with freshly baked pita chips!
Sawyers Pet Bakery – This gourmet pet treat bakery offers a line of hypoallergenic treats that are made fresh. All of the treats are Gluten Free and they even have several Grain Free options as well. With less than 2% fat and protein, these treats are ideal for dogs that are being treated for pancreatitis, liver or kidney disease, and weight management.
Toyota of Huntington Beach – Toyota of Huntington Beach has always been involved in community matters and their presence at Surf City Nights is no exception. Stop by their booth to play their “spin and win” game and you could walk away with an assortment of HB swag!
City of Huntington Beach – The community services department of Huntington Beach also has a booth with plenty of information on city parks and programs including camps for children and activities at the City Gym and Pool.
For a complete list of vendors, see the Surf City Nights website here.
Stop by February 24 to see the finals of the Surf City’s Got Talent competition. Other unique Surf City Nights events include the Princess Party and Superhero nights as well as special holiday themes.
Surf City Nights began in 2007 and is held every Tuesday evening from 5pm until 9pm. The event takes place year-round, but may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information about Surf City Nights, including how to become a vendor or street performer, go to the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District's website.
Parking: Surf City Nights closes Main Street between Pacific Coast Highway and Orange streets beginning around 2 p.m. If your car is parked and you don't remove it, there are towing fees. Once the street is closed, you can still park downtown. Beach parking lots on Pacific Coast Highway near the Huntington Beach Pier, coin meter street parking, and public lots are available downtown at 200 Main, 301 Main and 6th Street behind the Shorebreak Hotel.