CHAT’s Annual Hmong Arts & Music Festival

The Center For Hmong Arts & Talent presents the 13th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival in conjunction with the Little Mekong Night Market 2016 on July 23rd and July 24th!

Enjoy the Festivities with performances from local singers, dancers and artists!

Our stage is being sponsored by Mystic Lake Casino located in the back parking lot of Mai Village on Western Ave and University Ave!

This year we focus on the narratives of our artists. Story telling through Art.
Performances by artists like: Pong Vang, ItchyFingers Band MN, Ka Lia Yang, Chardenai, Speakers of the Sun, Baydrof Lis, Isabell Thao, MaiYang Xiong, Peter Yang, Russ Ly, Dei Szyslak, Scratch Junktion. Zo O LoEdward L Thao, and more!

Join us as we illuminate the stories of our artist’s stories.

CHAT began the Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival in 2001 with nearly 800 attendees and has grown to over 5,000 attendees. In 2014, CHAT started partnering with Lao Family Community of Minnesota to host the CHAT Freedom Fest alongside the 34th Annual Hmong Freedom Sports Festival, which is the largest Hmong festival and sports tournament in the United States, with nearly over 40,000 attendees from all over the world. With this partnership, we are excited to make this festival one of the biggest Hmong events in the Twin Cities metro area. We have received great support from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Knight Foundation; however we still need your support. Our work could not be possible without the generous support of donors and sponsors like you. CHAT invites you to support the legacy of CHAT which exists to nurture, explore and illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions through your sponsorship and/or donation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Yang at (651) 603-6971.

To donate online click here “Donate Today!” Every dollar counts, and will go a long way. Also keep in mind that your gift is tax-deductible! We look forward to seeing you soon at the CHAT 13th Annual Hmong Arts and Music Festival!

Thank you!

There is a lot to do leading up to and during the festival, as well as a variety of areas in which you can participate! As a volunteer your support makes this wonderful and unique event possible.

Please fill out the volunteer form below, and we will contact you shortly!

If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the studio, call us, or email the Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Thao, at

  • Provide an email of a friend who might be interested.
  • If you are under the age of 18 years, you will need a parent or legal guardian signature.