The Bungalow will be hosting a weekly event with KCRW DJs and food trucks throughout the summer.

The Night Market series kicks off Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. with performances by Grammy Award-winning artist Macy Gray and DJ Jeremy Sole. The free series will take place in the parking lot outside the Bungalow, which will be dressed up with picnic tables and festoon lights.

This week, the food trucks Tacos 1986, Man Eating Plant, Cousins Main, CVT Ice Cream Truck, Churro Boss, Barts Carts and JuneShine will be in attendance. There will also be a drinks station and a small beer garden.

Bungalow founder Brent Bolthouse said the series is meant to be family-friendly. The bar itself will be open as normal for those over 21.

“I have a new baby, and this is something that we could do on a Thursday night – go out, grab some tacos and ice cream,” he said.

Bolthouse said he developed the idea for Night Market after realizing that Santa Monica has been lacking an outdoor summer music series since the Santa Monica Pier moved its concert series to early fall. The Bungalow held holiday events in the parking lot last winter and Bolthouse thought the space would be a great fit for a summer series.

“We wanted to start something that the neighborhood would like,” he said. “It’s going to be really magical.”

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