Date & Time

Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am-4 pm


Lake Nokomis Park
49th Street and Woodlawn Boulevard

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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 2,300 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.

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The arts components of the Monarch Festival are supported by:


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

  • 10-10:15 – intros, welcome
  • 10:15-11 – Chinelos San Pablo Apostol
  • 11:30-12:30 – Miss Myra & the Moonshiners  
  • 1-1:30 – Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca
  • 2-3 – Salsa Del Soul
  • 3(3:15ish)-4 – Kapulli KetzalCoatilcue

Children’s Costume Parade

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

Food vendors include

  • Taco Taxi
  • Naturally Delicious Ice Cream
  • El Burrito Mercado (with roasted corn!)
  • Asase Yaa
  • La Loma Tamales
  • Tacqueria El Victor
  • 9 YumYum ice cream treats
  • La Guadalupana
  • Pharaoh’s Gyros
  • Twin Cities Paella
  • Habanero Tacos
  • GRK Mini-donuts
  • Finer Meats & Treats

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
  • Help paint giant monarch wings with Gustavo Boada
  • Make a screen print with Sarah Nassif
  • Create a caterpillar puppet with Lynette LaRue
  • Fold paper monarch butterflies with Karine Rupp-Stanko 

More to come!

Puppet Shows

  • 10:30am Mason Meets A Mason Bee (Dawn Pape) – English & ASL
  • 11:30am Way of the Monarch In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre) – English & ASL
  • 12:30pm Mason Meets A Mason Bee (Dawn Pape) – English & ASL
  • 1:30pm Way of the Monarch In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre – Español & ASL  

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!

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


Application deadline: Applications are closed for 2018.


Application deadline: Applications for 2018 are now closed.


2018 sponsorship is now closed.

Event Contact

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