Date & Time

Thursday, July 27, 2017
5-8 pm

Address

Lyndale Park Gardens
1300 W 42nd St.

Activities

Bees, Honey, Games, Food and Music
These activities are free and open to the public
No registration required

 

About

The Pollinator Party brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music. This annual event also provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees. Honey bees and wild bees play a major role in the productivity of American agriculture through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Event Information

Join us for the 2017 Pollinator Party on Thursday, July 27 from 5pm to 8 pm at Lyndale Park Gardens on the east side of Lake Harriet. The Pollinator Party brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music. This annual event also provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees.  The party will be near the Perennial Garden and the Phelps Fountain (also known as the Turtle Fountain). This event is free.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Bacon Me Crazy. 

Also join us for Bee-Sharp Honeybee, performed by the Laurels String Quartet. Music by Rae Howell. Bee-Sharp Honeybee is a new music 'Miniatures' project, inspired by and directly derived from the sound of the bee buzz. Using technical and music (frequency) data of the wing-beat speed and structures of the tone & pitch of the bee buzz, Australian composer Rae Howell has developed short works for string quartet, to perform live, accompany silent claymation films, and help spread the word of the importance of bee culture. Better bee-lieve it! 

  • Learn about honey bees and urban bee keeping
  • Discover the life cycles of honey bees and wild bees – and sample Minnesota honey
  • Kids can earn a cone of ice-cream made with honey
  • Discover the wild bees of the park – help catch, identify, and release bees
  • Engage in Art in the Park with the Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
  • Screen printing with artist Jessica Lopez Lyman
  • Meet the 2017 American Honey Princess
  • Learn about skin care from bee products with Worker B
  • Get honey recipes from MN Honey Company
  • Learn to stay calm around bees with the MN DNR's Biological Survey
  • Learn where your honey comes from with the MN Honey Producers Association
  • Learn how to protect bees and other beneficial insects with Pollinator Revival
  • Live music by the Brass Messengers, Dreamland Faces, and Bee-Sharp: Laurels String Quartet

Picnic in the Park! Bacon Me Crazy! ...with vegetarian and kid-friendly options.

Get Involved

The Pollinator Party is made possible through a partnership between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab and Bee Squad. 

Event Contact

MaryLynn Pulscher
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
612-313-7784
mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org