Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca 2016


This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 4pm.  The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales, and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway.


Information about 2016 exhibitor and food vendor applications, volunteering, raising monarchs, and more will be posted soon.



Monarch Magic!

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Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park. A  free outdoor activity for the whole family!

Monarch Magic! is a new, free activity program offered by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and led by Artist-in-Residence James Everest, with Naturalist Jenny Winkelman and several guest teaching artists.  All activities take place outdoors at Lake Nokomis Park, and are free and open to people of all ages and abilities.

Click here to register!


Monarch Festival Rearing Session

mitc-logo-circle-400_100_100_bor5_e37e08_all_50_c1The Monarch Lab will be holding 2 monarch rearing workshops on 2 separate dates, Thursday, August 11th or Saturday, August 13. When attending the workshop, you will be given 1-3 monarch eggs to bring home and rear yourself. We hope you will bring these as adults to the Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 10th and join us for all the monarch fun!

Register for the Thursday session here

Register for the Saturday session here


Contacts for more information:

Volunteering / General Information:

Event Manager:
MaryLynn Pulscher
mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org | 612-313-7784

Robin Smothers
rsmothers@minneapolisparks.org | 612-230-6410

Exhibitor information can be found here

Vendor information can be found here

Sponsor information can be found here

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