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Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival - Festival de la Monarca - is September 7

Via an e-announcement form Minneapolis Park and Rec Board:

Join the celebration from 10am to 4pm at Lake Nokomis Regional Park. It's free to all!

Butterfly, music and art lovers from the Twin Cities and beyond come together on Saturday, September 7, from 10 am to 4 pm for the free 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 these amazing pollinators and their role in the ecosystem.

The festival takes place at Lake Nokomis Regional Park, near the Nokomis Naturescape, a certified Monarch Waystation featuring native plants that monarchs need to lay eggs, host caterpillars and get nectar.

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Festival Highlights:

  • Costume parade 
    The Chicks on Sticks stilt-walking and performance group leads this always-popular march. Children ages 0–12 are encouraged to dress up in monarch-themed costumes. Line-up is at 10:50 am and parade at 11am.


  • Monarch migration & monarch-friendly plants
    Get an up-close and personal encounter with these incredible creatures and learn about their 2,300-mile journey between Minnesota and the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico. Find out about and purchase native flora to create a habitat in your yard for butterflies and other pollinators, and discover other simple actions restore their populations.

  • Performances galore on an all-day stage 
    Performers include In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre's "The Way of the Monarch" in English and Spanish with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation; plus music and dance highlighting the Minnesota/Mexico connection: 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.
  • Art activities 
    Get creative with Art in the Park with Mia; fold paper flowers with Karine Rupp; make prints with Sarah Nassif and Sol y Luna; paint giant monarch caterpillars with Heart of the Beast; create paper from plants with Paper Plains - or puppets with Lynette LaRue. And much more!

  • Great tastes 
    Minnesotan and Latin foods plus other eats and treats 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.

  • ASL interpreters 
    Available upon request all day from the Info Booth.

  • Join us as a volunteer!

    The Festival offers many opportunities for a rewarding volunteer experience. For information please call 612 313-7781 or email

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