2017 Activities


10am – 10:45am – Ballet Folklorico

11:15am – 12pm – Salsa Del Soul

12:30pm – 1:15pm – Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue

1:45 pm- 2:30 pm – Tropical Zone Orchestra

3 pm – 4 pm – Twins of Franklin

Plus! The Lake Nokomis Free-Range Orchestra and Choir


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 from Mother Earth Gardens, MN Native Landscapes, and Natural Shore Technologies
  • See how North America is planning to protect monarch butterflies
  • Monarch migration game
  • Monarch bingo
  • Monarch Jeopardy


Visit the Animation Station at the Monarch Festival to be part of the creation of a giant stop-motion animated film that will illustrate the journey of a monarch from a chrysalis in Minneapolis to an oyamel fir tree in Mexico. The final film will also include advice from people like you on how to make the world a more monarch-friendly place.

Monarch Festival Participants will have the opportunity join in the creation of a cast bronze mobile art sculpture all about the life and adventures of the Monarch Butterfly! Pedal to the Metal Foundry will be onsite casting molten bronze into molds that participants have the opportunity to help shape during the festival. After the festival, the bronze components will be finished into a sculpture and shared publicly in the community.


Stop by the Monarch Education tent to learn about monarchs with help from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab. 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.


US Forest Service, International Program
El Valor
US Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
University of Minnesota Monarch Lab
Monarch Joint Venture
Minnesota Zoo


For more information, contact:

MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784 or,

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