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  2014 Festival Stage

hank you to everyone who attended the 2014 festival.

A heartfelt Thank You! to all of the volunteers who spent their Saturday helping make the Festival a great event for an estimated 10,000+ visitors!  We couldn't have done it without the help from so many.


2014 Media Coverage:
Minnesota Daily (With video) Sept 8, 2014 (Note: You may have to click the "Full Screen" box at far bottom right of video to see it correctly).

Camera icon Photos on the Monarch Festival's Facebook 2014 MMF Album

Camera icon The Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre has several photos from the Monarch Fest on their FB page starting here. (use arrows on photo to advance)

Camera icon Redcurrent Blog (Sept 8) has a slideshow of photos from Tesha Mae Christensen here.


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, are proud to announce the 2014 Minneapolis Monarch Festival to be held at the Nokomis Naturescape on September 6.

The festival offers everything from food, to music, education and art, highlighting the Minnesota - Mexico connection that the Monarch butterfly creates along its migration path.

We'll have another exciting stage line up for 2014.   We start the day at 10 am with Mariachi Mi Tierra. At 11:15, the hugely popular Kalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance group will return. At 12:30, Shiny Lights will perform. Get your dancing shoes on for Salsa Del Soul at 1:45. And at 3:00, we finish the day with a set from Chico Chavez & Guayaba Tropical Band. By popular request, the portable dance stage will return, perhaps with dance instructors teaching guests new dance moves again this year.

the fantastic puppets from Heart of the Beast Theatre will give two performances in their own stage-in-tent on the grounds.

Art Activities include ArtOrg's wildly popular printmaking by steamroller (really!)  At 3:00, join for a group photo to celebrate their expected 10,000th print! A favorite last year, Printing with Plants returns. Kimber will be helping kids with textile printing and creating felt caterpillars. Look for several more art activities.

We are working hard to bring you Monarch butterflies. This past year has been disastrous for the migration, and the butterflies are in short supply--all are needed in nature to replenish the stock. Last year, citizen volunteers collected eggs and raised butterflies at home for the Festival. We are hoping for this to work again this year. Regardless of how many, all will be released to begin their amazing 2,300 mile migration from Lake Nokomis to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico where they spend the winter.

The Kids Butterfly Fun Runs, will return. (Note the registration fee has been raised.)

Food will be available from diverse vendors again this year. Sweet Berry Kitchen, new to the Festival last year, will return, along with Taco Taxi, Burrito Mercado, La Loma, Blue Bell popsicles, Naturally Delicious Ice Cream and, new this year, a vendor of chocolate mini-donuts.

In past years, the Festival has taken place alongside the Nokomis Naturescape, comprised of a variety of native grass and wildflower gardens which have been certified nationally as a Monarch Waystation. The gardens contain annual and perennial plants that provide habitat and food sources that are essential to the survival of monarch butterflies. While we have temporarily moved to higher ground, tours of the Naturescape will be held, as in years past.

We look forward to seeing you at this unique and incredibly fun festival.

For more information:
MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784
Rita Ulrich, 612-724-5652,
Maria Alcaraz, 612-724-5652, (Español, 3-5pm)

Twin Cities Daily Planet: Monarchs reign over Lake Nokomis celebration (9/10/13) with photos.

Click for vid See the Monarch Festival music vid by the Talismen on YouTube

Help make the Festival even better!

2014 Survey iconIf you attended, please take a moment to fill out our short, online Festival survey. Your remarks will help us plan next year's festival.

2014 Monarch education, tag and release

2014 Kids Butterfly Fun Run
2014 - Salsa Del Sol band

2014 - KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance Group

2014 Heart of the Beast Monarch stilts walker

2014 - Largest crowd ever!


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