Date & Time

Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am-4 pm


Lake Nokomis Park
49th Street and Woodlawn Boulevard


Art, Music, Dance, Games, Tours and More
These activities are free and open to the public
No registration required



The annual Monarch Festival - Festival de la Monarca celebrates the monarch butterfly's amazing 3,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico. Come and enjoy art, music, dance, games, buying native plants, prairie tours and food, the festival raises awareness of the need to provide and protect monarch habitat.

Event Information

The Monarch Festival takes place near the Nokomis Naturescape, a certified Monarch Waystation, featuring native plants that monarchs need to lay eggs, host caterpillars and get nectar. The festival features several vendors with native plants for sale so participants can grow a monarch habitat at home.

Festival participants can listen to great music, dance up a storm, make a milkweed seed bomb, enjoy great food, get up-close with monarch caterpillars and butterflies, get their hands dirty and make some art, tag and release a monarch butterfly, play games and much more.  

Visit The Minneapolis Monarch Festival website for the full line-up of up Monarch Festival music, food, art, activities, and native plant sale information. These activities are all free and open to the public. No registration is required.

ASL interpreters available at main stage, and for the puppet show, plus roving ASL interpreters available upon request from the Information Booth (look for the purple & white striped tent).

The Monarch Festival is produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association.

Festival partners include Monarchs in the Classroom, the Mexican Consulate and the United States Forest Service.


2018 Stage Line Up

To be determined.

Children’s Costume Parade

  • 11 am - Wear black & orange clothes, your wings and antennae, or dress like a monarch caterpillar. 

Food vendors include

To be determined.

Monarch Education (on-going)

Stop by the Monarch Education tent to learn about monarchs with help from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab. Groups of 5-6 people will tag a butterfly and then release it in the Naturescape Garden. (Donations appreciated.)  Receive word if your Monarch is ever captured or found along the migration route. Sponsored by the US Forest Service and the UFS' International Programs.

Art Making (on-going)

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre

Other activities (on-going)

  • Make a Milkweed Seed Bomb
  • Play the Monarch Migration Game, Monarca Loteria / Monarch Bingo or Monarch Jeopardy

Buy plants that monarchs love!

Get Involved

Like the Monarch Festival on Facebook to stay updated on all the latest news.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs! Volunteers are especially needed in the afternoon and Spanish speaking (both shifts). Sign up to volunteer for the Monarch Festival


View the Exhibitor Information and Application [PDF]
Application deadline:
 August 7, 2018


Application deadline: Applications for 2018 are now closed.

Event Contact

Thank you for your interest in getting involved with the Monarch Festival. Questions?: