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What's Happening??

XIA Gallery & Cafe and Springboard for the Arts are collaborating with the organizations and businesses in Little Mekong Cultural District to celebrate the economic and cultural richness in our communities.

What's there to do??

Walk along the street of University Ave W in St. Paul and get to know the businesses in Little Mekong!

Visit Springboard & XIA Gallery & Cafe for the main events.

Stop by the local restaurants get a bite and

other businesses to shop!

Arts & Crafts Fair!

@Springboard for the Arts | 11AM - 6PM

We're collaborating with artists and makers to bring their creative work and products to you! Check out who will be there!  

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@Springboard for the Arts | 11AM & 1PM

Modern & traditional dancing, singing, and more! 

Children's Book Reading

@XIA Gallery & Cafe | 12PM - 1PM

Join us with your family and kids for a live reading by Southeast Asian children book authors. Face painting activities will also be available.

Reading In a Bookstore

Spoken Word 

@XIA Gallery & Cafe | 3PM - 4PM

Love spoken word? This is the spot!

Mural Painting

Location still TBD | 11AM - 6PM

Memorialize the Movement will be bringing a mural to paint with the community! 

A table of Vietnamese cuisine

Any Food?

Along the Streets of University Ave W | all day

Of course there will be food! Stop by all the restaurants located on Little Mekong Cultural District, such as Thai Garden, Wonders Ice Cream, Peking Garden, and more!

Save the Date!

Saturday, August 26th, 2023 | 11AM - 6PM

History of Little Mekong

Little Mekong is a business and cultural district located between MacKubin and Marion streets along University Avenue that took shape in the 1970’s.

Named after the Mekong River that connects the cultures of Southeast Asia, this hub for Southeast Asian communities is stewarded by the Asian Economic Development Association and others.

The Little Mekong brand was launched in 2012 with the mission to build community, small businesses, and family wealth asset creation. The brand was created with the recognition of the 30-year history of Asian businesses and the Asian community in the area.

Little Mekong Cultural District continues to increase cultural visibility, uplifts small businesses, and creates positive impacts.

Take this opportunity to learn more about the businesses in Little Mekong Cultural District. 


Why is this important?

Little Mekong Cultural District is made up of small businesses, many of who are mom and pops that started the business to support their family as a source of income. 

Many of these businesses infuse their arts & culture, increasing our visibility as BIPOC folks, thus creating an impact in every positive way. 

We recognize that culture produces economic value for BIPOC communities and BIPOC communities continue to grow their wealth. ​

By supporting Little Mekong, you are supporting small businesses and the economic growth of the BIPOC communities.

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