11th annual family-friendly Minneapolis Monarch Festival-Festival de la Monarca returns Saturday, September 7, 2019

Join butterfly, music and art lovers from all over the Twin Cities on Saturday, September 7, from 10 am to 4 pm for the free, 11th annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival-Festival de la Monarca™.

Filled with music, art activities, games, food, plants that monarchs love and more, the day offers many fun ways for people of all ages to learn about the monarch butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico.

The Minnesota/Mexico connection is highlighted with music and dance on an all-day stage featuring Mariachi Mi Tierra, Ballet Mexico Azteca, Marimba Bullies, the Aztec dance troupe Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue (“Precious Mother Earth”), Tropical Zone Orchestra, and Salsa del Soul.

Children ages 0–12 are encouraged to dress up in monarch-themed costumes and join the costume parade led by Chicks on Sticks.  Line-up is at 10:50am and the parade starts at 11am.

A variety of hands-on art activities include Art in the Park with Mia, folding paper flowers with Karine Rupp, print making with Sarah Nassif, painting giant monarch caterpillars with Heart of the Beast, block printing with Sol y Luna, make paper from plants with Paper Plains, and create a puppet with Lynette LaRue, and much more!  Puppet shows by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre: The Way of the Monarch (English & American Sign Language (ASL), Spanish & ASL).

Monarch Joint Venture is bringing monarch butterflies for an up close and personal learning experience.  Adult butterflies with small identification tags affixed to their wings will be released throughout the day at the Education Tent. The Wild Ones, the Mexican Consulate, US Forest Service and other organizations working on habitat conservation will be on hand to talk about actions everyone can take to help monarchs and the migration that means so much to people here and in Mexico, where the monarch has been an important part of culture going back hundreds of years to the time of the Aztecs.

Food vendors

A variety of Minnesotan and Latin food will be available for purchase from Taco Taxi, La Dulce Bakery, Habanero Tacos, La Loma Tamales, Naturally Delicious Ice Cream, Twin Cities Paella, Tibet Momo, Tequenice, 9Yum Yum ice cream treats, Taqueria Victor, La Guadalupana, Phil’s Mini Donuts, D & D Goodies, and Finer Meats & Treats.

The Festival site

The festival takes place at beautiful Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis, near the Nokomis Naturescape — four acres of gardens containing plants native to Minnesota, providing food for monarch adults and caterpillars, as well as bees, birds and other butterflies. Gardens like these are key to restoring the population of migrating monarchs, which is at an all-time low.  You can create similar monarch habitat at home by purchasing native plants from vendors Mother Earth Gardens and Minnesota Native Landscapes, which will offer a variety of milkweeds to serve as host plants for caterpillars, as well as nectar plants for adult monarchs, including asters, blazing stars, goldenrods, and many others.

Good to know

ASL interpreters will be at the main stage and puppet shows. Roving ASL interpreters available upon request from the Info Booth.  Bring a refillable water bottle – Tap MPLS will be on hand with free drinking water! Please carpool or ride your bike to the Festival.  Valet bike parking available in the tennis courts closest to the Nokomis Community Center.

More information

For details on the stage lineup, activities, schedule for the day, the Nokomis Naturescape and more, visit MPRB’s Minneapolis Monarch Festival page or the Minneapolis Monarch Festival-Festival de la Monarca™ website at www.monarchfestival.org.

Join us as a volunteer!

The Festival  offers many opportunities for a rewarding volunteer experience. For information about volunteering please call 612 313-7781 or volunteer4monarchs@gmail.com

Festival partners

The Festival is presented by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA), in collaboration with Monarch Join Venture.   The Festival also receives support from the US Forest Service, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board through the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.

Date – time – place

Saturday September 7, 2019, 10 am – 4 pm in Lake Nokomis Regional Park: just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center near East 49th Street and Woodlawn Blvd. in Minneapolis.