Los Angeles: Yamashiro Farmers Market
Setting: At sunset each Thursday—from April through September—the leafy parking lot of the iconic Hollywood Hills restaurant transforms into a smorgasbord, with live acoustic jazz and incredible 180-degree views of downtown L.A. Bring a date.
What to have there: Finger-food-size lasagna "cupcakes" from Heirloom L.A. and an açaí-liqueur and tonic from Angeleno distillery VeeV.
What to take away: A jar of Gunnar & Jake's bracing lemon-cucumber pickles.
New York City: Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Setting: Previous Bazaars were set amid repurposed shipping containers and inside a Williamsburg warehouse, with performances by musicians like James Murphy and the Hold Steady. Starting June 1, the market will take place every Friday and Saturday night in a different industrial-cool hot spot. Food foraging has never been this fashionable.
What to have there: A tender, buttery Luke's Lobster roll and a citrusy Summer Ale from Brooklyn Brewery.
What to take away: Warm-weather salad staples—Swiss chard, cucumbers, radishes, and tomatoes—from the borough's Eagle Street Rooftop Farm.
Philadelphia: Night Market Philadelphia
Setting: Hipsters and foodies unite at this movable feast, which has taken over the avenues of four different hoods. On May 24, the market moves to the chic, rowhouse-lined Northern Liberties area, Philly's 19th-century red-light district, with new locales in June and August.
What to have there: A Dapper Dog smoked kielbasa piled with homemade sauerkraut and a Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing.
What to take away: A bag of Whistle & Cuss coffee beans from Philly roasters Rival Bros.
New Orleans: St. Claude Night Market
Setting: Housed in a historic Creole neighborhood that has become a cool arts district, this outdoor fest—in conjunction with the Second Saturdays gallery nights beginning May 12—encourages eating, drinking, and dancing.
What to have there: Empanada Intifada's Mestizo (a spicy Latin spin on the Louisiana meat pie) and a few frothy banana daiquiris from OHNO Co.
What to take away: A dozen Drunken Walnut & Cracked Black Pepper dinner rolls from Bakery Co-op.
Nashville: Night Market at Nashville Farmers' Market
Setting: Starting June 15—and continuing monthly through December—the indoor-outdoor party on the northern edge of downtown manages to feel both urban (the twinkling city skyline provides the backdrop) and old-timey (the sound of fiddle music fills the air). A flask of whiskey is optional.
What to have there: Smoked-pork-and-coleslaw- stuffed egg rolls from B&C BBQ and a glass of prosecco with a shot of habanero-lime syrup from Bang Candy Company.
What to take away: Sweet-potato pie from Geraldine's Greatest Chess Pies.