Monarch Festival volunteers show visitors monarch butterflies at the education tent

2019 Activities


9:30 – 10:30 am              Mariachi Mi Tierra

10:30 – 11:00 am             Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca

11:15 am  – 12:15 pm       Marimba Bullies

12:30 – 1:30 pm              Kapulli Ketzal Coatlicue

1:30 – 2:30 pm               Tropical Zone Orchestra

3:00 – 4:00 pm              Salsa Del Soul


Help create a very special send-off for monarchs making their way to Mexico this fall! Wear your wings, and orange & black clothes: come dressed as a monarch butterfly.  Parade will be led by Chicks on Sticks.  All youth participants will receive a free monarch habitat seed packet.

Line-up: 10:50am
Line up starts at the information booth (east side of Festival grounds)

Parade: 11am start
Parade route will wind through the Festival grounds and end by the stage


  • Learn about monarchs at all stages of their life
  • Help tag and release a monarch butterfly
  • Find out what monarchs need to live in Minnesota
  • Dress up and join the Costume Parade (0-12 yrs)
  • Tour the Naturescape, a 4 acre butterfly and pollinator-friendly landscape next to Lake Nokomis
  • Buy plants that monarchs love
  • See how North America is planning to protect monarch butterflies
  • Monarch migration game
  • Monarch bingo
  • Monarch Jeopardy


Fold paper flowers with Karine Rupp
Make puppets with Lynette LaRue
Paint giant caterpillars with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Block printing with Sol y Luna Gallery
Paper Making with Paper Plains
Create butterflies and transform the Thicket with Kelly English
Screen printing with Sarah Nassif
Textile arts with Cyndi Kaye Meier
Look for Mia!


Stop by the Monarch Education tent to learn about monarchs with help from Monarch Joint Venture. Groups of 5-6 people will tag a butterfly and then release it in the Naturescape Garden. (Donations appreciated.) Receive word if your Monarch is ever captured or found along the migration route.

Sponsored by the US Forest Service and the UFS’ International Programs.


Bell Museum

Consulate of Mexico

Ducks Unlimited

El Valor

Hennepin County – Department of Environment and Energy

Latino DFL Caucus

Metropolitan Council – Regional Parks and Trails

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

City of Minneapolis – Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Minnesota Association for Environmental Education

Minnesota Dragonfly Society

Minnesota State Parks and Trails – DNR

Minnesota Zoo

Monarch Joint Venture

Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and School

Three Rivers Park District

US Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

US Forest Service, International Program

Wild Ones Twin Cities


Food trucks will be posted regularly until the festival. Check back here to see new additions!



For more information, contact:

MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784 or,

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