One of the most delicious neighborhoods in the cities, Frogtown, or Little Mekong, is home to a two-night street market. You should totally go. Last year's event was packed, and each year it gets a little more vibrant.
Go hungry: There will be lots and lots of good things to eat from local restaurants and food vendors and you won't want to miss any of it. Last year's market is where we first discovered LolaRosa's Filipino, and that discovery alone was worth the visit. Over two dozen food vendors are confirmed, and highlights include Firebox Deli, the new Silhouette Bakery and Bistro, and Pattaya Thai.
This year's stage performances will include Hmong Breakers Leadership Council (modern and traditional Hip Hop performance arts), Hmong musicians Ka Lia Yang, Itchy Fingers, and Speakers of the Sun, plus LOTT, Jayanthi Kyle, Mu Daiko, and Mayda.
When the kids have been threatened by a crowd trampling for the umpteenth time and you cannot take a single time more, usher them over to the newly designated kid-friendly activity zone, where families (yeah, you can't just drop them off, sadly) can enjoy interactive exhibits from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, lantern making, and other kid-friendly stuff.
And check out the Art Walk Zone where you'll find local artists and cultural groups including Hmong illustrator and painter Koua Mai Yang, Somali multimedia artist Ifrah Mansour, the Somali Museum, the Immigrant History Research Center, and an art mandala by monks of the Gyuto Wheel of Dharma Monastery.
Little Mekong Night Market
July 23, 5 p.m.-midnight; July 24, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Western Ave. & University. Ave., off the Western Green Line stop
Free and family-friendly