Happening in the heart of Little Mekong District in St. Paul on Western Ave. and expanding into the new upcoming Little Mekong Plaza, this year’s night market will include their first-ever artwalk and kid-friendly activity zone.
The artwalk zone 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 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.
The newly-designated kid-friendly activity zone is a place 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 three stages. Local Hmong talents such as Ka Lia Yang, Itchy Fingers, and Speakers of the Sun are scheduled to perform, as well as LOTT, Jayanthi Kyle, Mu Daiko, and Mayda.
The Little Mekong Night Market is an amazing opportunity to experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of traditional Southeast Asian night markets with a twist of Minnesota tossed in.
The hours of the night market are Saturday from 5:00 pm until midnight, and Sunday from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Find it at University and Western Ave. in St. Paul, and get there for free on Metro Transit.
An initiative of the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), Little Mekong’s mission is to develop the area around University Avenue 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.