LITTLE MEKONG NIGHT MARKET INTRODUCES AN ARTWALK AND ACTIVITY ZONE
Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA) brings back Minnesota’s Original Southeast Asian Night Market for a bigger weekend of new arts programming, more food, and highlight performances
(St. Paul) Little Mekong Night Market is back on the streets, this year on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, with more activities and programming than before. Happening in the heart of Little Mekong District on Western Ave. and expanding into the new upcoming Little Mekong Plaza, this year’s night market will introduce our first ever artwalk and kid-friendly activity zone.
We’ve expanded to create more space for attendees and opportunities for vendors and artists. This year we have a new artwalk zone, which will include MANIFEST: Refugee Roots, an indoor art and cultural exhibit highlighting refugee narratives in Minnesota with support from The Linking Community. The show will take place inside the community hall of the newly opened Western U Plaza, thanks to the generosity of developers ASANDC and Sands Properties, and will feature local artists and cultural groups like Koua Mai Yang, Ifrah Mansour, the Somali Museum, the Immigrant History Research Center (UMN) and an art mandala by monks of the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery. Festival goers will find a rich variety of unique local and Asian artisan-made handicrafts. The expansion of our event will also include a newly designated kid-friendly activity zone, where families can enjoy an interactive exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, Mobile Comedy Suitcase, sParkit Lantern Making, and more.
Attendees can also enjoy a number of performances on any of our three stages. Hmong Breakers Leadership Council will be back this year, programming their own stage. This year we have partnered with Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to bring their 13th Annual Arts and Music Festival with local Hmong talents such as Ka Lia Yang, Itchy Fingers, and Speakers of the Sun. Make sure to stay and witness our highlight performers, including LOTT, Jayanthi Kyle, Mu Daiko, and Mayda. This is an amazing opportunity to experience the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of traditional Southeast Asian night markets with a twist of Minnesota, right here in St. Paul.
Little Mekong Night Market
July 23: 5pm-midnight; July 24: 5pm-10pm
Western Ave. & University. Ave., off the Western Green Line stop
Free and Family Friendly
ABOUT LITTLE MEKONG DISTRICT
An initiative of the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), Little Mekong’s mission is to develop the area around University and Western Avenue as an attractive destination for visitors and residents; to support and promote businesses; to share cultural traditions and activities; and to create a living, breathing, colorful district for all to enjoy. The district’s names derives from the Mekong River, which flows from China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and connects the cultures of Southeast Asia.