Date & Time

Saturday, September 9, 2017
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 celebrates the monarch butterfly's amazing migration from Minnesota to Mexico. Using art, music, dance, games, 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.


2017 Stage Line Up

  • 10-10:45 am – Ballet Folklorico
  • 11:15 am-noon – Salsa Del Soul
  • 12:30-1:15 pm – Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue
  • 1:45–2:30 pm – Tropical Zone Orchestra
  • 3-4 pm – Twins of Franklin

Children’s Costume Parade

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

Food vendors include

  • Naturally Delicious Ice Cream
  • Cool Penguin
  • Mighty Chocolate Mini Donuts
  • Assase Ya
  • Habanero Tacos
  • La Loma Tomales
  • Taco Taxi
  • El Burrito Mercado
  • La Guadalupana
  • Schroder Concessions
  • Twin Cities Paella
  • Filfillah Mediterranean Grill

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)

Pedal to the Metal: Traveling Foundry
Monarch Festival Participants will have the opportunity join in the creation of a cast bronze mobile art sculpture all about the life and adventures of the Monarch Butterfly! Pedal to the Metal Foundry will be onsite casting molten bronze into molds that participants have the opportunity to help shape during the festival. After the festival the bronze components will be finished into a sculpture and shared publicly in the community.

Animation Station
Visit the Animation Station at the Monarch Festival to be part of the creation of a giant stop motion animated film that will illustrate the journey of a monarch from a chrysalis in Minneapolis to an oyamel fir tree in Mexico. The final film will also include advice from people like you on how to make the world a more monarch-friendly place.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre

Electric Machete

Lynette LaRue

Sarah Nassif 

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!

Native plant vendors include: MN Native Landscapes, Mother Earth Gardens, and Natural Shore Nursery.

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


Application deadline: Applications are closed for 2017.


Application deadline: Applications for 2017 are now closed.


2017 sponsorship is now closed.

Event Contact

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