Off the Grid: Emeryville Public Market shifting to Monthly Festival format

Published On August 4, 2016 | By Rob Arias | Local Business, News & Commentary

Off the Grid has announced that they will be shifting their weekly Public Market food truck market that has been going for the past two years, to a monthly event. Off the Grid: Emeryville Public Market Monthly Food Truck Festivals will kick off August 20th and repeat the third Saturday of every month.

At least a few OtG regulars have noted dwindling attendance and fewer trucks at the weekly events. “While I’m disappointed, I can’t say I’m surprised.” noted Emeryville resident Ashley Bartosh via “I’ve noticed the number of trucks coming is fewer and fewer, down to an average of three a week, and the number of people visiting is also lower”.

 Bartosh was optimistic that the new format would reinvigorate the market. “Hopefully bringing it down to once a month will fill that event! I love the food it brings and I’d hate to see it leave entirely.”

The final weekly OtG Public Market will be on August 13th. The new monthly events will continue to be held in the parking lot on Shellmound Street directly across from Urban Outfitters and next to Hyatt House.


The monthly event will reportedly be larger with a wider variety of food trucks, live music performances, and more focus on community partnerships. By shifting the concept to occur less frequently, Off the Grid will be able to dedicate more resources into curating more of a festival atmosphere. Along with children’s activities, Off the Grid hopes to provide a stage for local performers, giving them a space to showcase their talents.

You can RSVP for OtG:EPM’s August 20th event on Facebook →

Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over fifty weekly public markets throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. For a complete list of upcoming markets, visit


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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

One Response to Off the Grid: Emeryville Public Market shifting to Monthly Festival format

  1. Anonymous says:

    I guess fleeing Emeryville is easier when your business has wheels.

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