NEXT EVENT:  December 1, 2023
First Friday Night Market — Holiday Fair + 5th Annual Food, Toy & Supply Drive

Join us for a FREE, monthly vegan market at Grossmont Center at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, from 5pm – 9pm. We’ll be celebrating the vegan lifestyle with all-vegan eats, sweets, drinks, goods, and music!

Due to state law, pets are not allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors per state law (service animals always welcome).

WHEN: December 1, 2023
TIME: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
ADDRESS: 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
**Now located next to Chuze Fitness!**
COST: Free! Open to all ages. No pets allowed.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Vegan in San Diego’s First Friday Night Market team

Three food dishes from First Friday Night Market


Requested donations
To learn more about our donation drive and potential prizes, please visit our Food, Toy & Supply Drive webpage!

Food donations benefit: Porchlight Community
Suggested donations: (all vegan) non-perishable foods, lentils, garbanzo beans, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, pasta, noodles, pasta sauces, shelf stable plant milk, dehydrated fruit, nuts, seeds, vegan jerky, soup, broth, protein bars, chips, crackers, pretzels, nut butter, granola, oatmeal, cooking oils, spices, vegan sugar, and any other shelf-stable vegan pantry items that you think would be appreciated!

Children’s Toys: San Diego Youth Services
Donations requested: new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages

Adult cold weather supplies benefit: Detention Resistance with Pink Fairy Armadillo
Donations requested: blankets, beanies, hand warmers

Cat/kitten food and supplies benefit:  East County Animal Rescue
Donations requested: Purina ONE +Plus Healthy Kitten Formula Natural Dry Cat Food; Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food Variety Pack, 5.5 Oz. Cans; Litter (Clumping & non-clumping)

Cat/kitten food and supplies benefit:  Feral Cat Coalition
Donations requested: Large towels (New or used); Purina Friskies Wet Cat Food Variety Pack, 5.5 Oz. Cans

Rabbit food and supplies benefit: San Diego House Rabbit Society
Donations requested: fleece blankets, approved treats and toys from the Bunny Supply Store, items from Amazon Wish List, eco laundry soap, nitrile exam gloves size small, paper towels, toiler paper, kleenex, copy paper, puppy pads, trash bags in sizes 33 gal, 50 gal, 13 gal, postage stamps, disinfectant wipes, professional spray bottles, galloon Ziploc bags

Small companion food and supplies benefit: Wee Companions
Donations requested: white vinegar, cotton swabs, bleach, paper towels, and fresh veggies on day of (green/red peppers, romaine lettuce, parsley, oranges, bok choy, organic dandelions)

Farm animal supplies benefit: Farm Animal Refuge
Donations requested: Stauffer’s Animal Crackers, items from Amazon Wish List

Farm animal and bird supplies benefit: The Shore Sanctuary
Donations requested: blankets, laundry detergent, XL potty pads




  • Entrance is free!
  • This event is family friendly, although music may be loud.
  • This venue is ADA accessible. If there is anything Vegan in San Diego can do to be of assistance, please feel free to reach out via comment, direct message on Facebook or Instagram, or email at
  • Pets are NOT allowed within 20 feet of open food vendors due to state law. Service animals are welcome.
  • Carpooling, ridesharing and bike riding are encouraged.
  • There is free, unlimited parking on site, surrounding the shopping center.
  • Most vendors accept cash and card.
  • Most vendors bring at least one gluten free menu item.
  • No soliciting or signature gathering will be allowed at this event.
  • Please bring reusable straws and utensils! Plus reusable containers for to-go orders. 😉


First Friday Night Market 2024 Event Schedule

January 5, 2024 – Veganuary
February 2, 2024 – My Vegan Valentine
March 1, 2024 – Luck of the Vegans
May 3, 2024 – Return of FFNM
June 7, 2024 – Pride Month
July 5, 2024 – 90s Night
August 2, 2024 – Summer Nights
September 6, 2024 – Vendor Appreciation
October 4, 2024 – Vegan Oktoberfest
November 1, 2024 – World Vegan Day
December 6, 2024 – Holiday Fair + Food, Toy & Supply Drive



Past Media Coverage

Read about our 2019 move to Grossmont Center in the La Mesa Courier!

Check out a gallery from our January 2019 event, captured by PACIFIC Magazine!

PACIFIC Magazine wrote an article about the return of First Friday Night Market after our first hiatus. Please note, our party has since relocated to GROSSMONT CENTER in La Mesa.