In St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, the Little Mekong Night Market returns Friday and Saturday night, larger than ever.

North and south of University Avenue, three blocks of Western Avenue will be closed from Charles to Aurora avenues to make room for the celebration, which is in its second year.

University Avenue will remain open during the night markets.

Modeled after the night markets of Asia, the popular gatherings bring together performers, vendors, children’s activities and community booths by Mai Village, near the corner of University and Western avenues.

The free market runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. Food vendors will sell Hmong, Laotian, Thai, Cambodian, Filipino and Korean cuisine.

The night market, which won a grant from the Knight Foundation’s Green Line Challenge, is supported by the Target Corp., Sunrise Bank, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthEast, Eureka, U-Care, AgStar and the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity.

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