Light Up The Little Mekong Night Market!
Did You Know:
- Only 5% of the Little Mekong Night Market budget is made from vendor fees. 95% of our budget is based on grants and sponsorships. We keep our fees low to make our event more accessible to micro entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color.
- If everyone who attended the Little Mekong Night Market donated just $15, we would financially break even.
- The Little Mekong Night Market compensates all of our artists for their performances and activities.
In 2015, our two-night event brought 15,000 people to our district. The Night Market has since earned its place as a signature event of the neighborhood and added a unique spark to the city
An initiative by the Asian Economic Development Association, the Little Mekong Night Market launched two years ago as a means of leveraging arts and culture to highlight the district and create access for low-income communities. The Night Market intentionally draws on local artist-led activities, arts & cultural performances, and food & merchandise micro entrepreneurs and district businesses to create an economic and promotional engine that bolsters and elevates the district and to highlight the strengths of the community.
At our night market, there are so many things for the entire family or a large group of friends to enjoy. Experiences are abundant, whether it's a certain menu item, live performance, or an art piece. Overall, it’s one of the best reasons to stay out late with family and friends on a great summer night in the Twin Cities.
Within our first year we outgrew our space from a small private parking lot and expanded onto 3 blocks of Western Ave. in 2015, and we could not have done this without you. We offered an opportunity to 57 entrepreneurs from our community to experience being a part of our unique event, doubling our food vendors from our first year. We compensated all 280 local artists and cultural performers who presented their work from our main stage to the streets. With a record 15,000 attendees, we already outgrew our space and need you now more than ever!
We hear you: you want more! And we want to provide you with an even bigger, better, and brighter night market. We know the community is invested in keeping this event going, and now we need your help to light up the Little Mekong Night Market!
Donate today! As we start our planning for the 2016 Little Mekong Night Market, we are grateful for your help and investment in helping us create a unique family-friendly event highlighting Southeast Asian culture with your support!