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2016 Activities


10-10:45 am
Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca – BFMA dance company has rapidly become one of the most esteemed Mexican Folk dance companies in the Upper Midwest.

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Brass Messengers  – A Minneapolis/St. Paul sprawling fun factory of eleven musicians. Music of choice is anything that fits into the twisted brass tubing, from inspired originals, to “sing-a-longs” and “covers” from around the globe. Truly, a joyful noise.

1-2:00 pm
Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue – Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue (“Precious Mother Earth”) is a Kalpulli (“learning community”) of Indigenous people joined by the desire to learn, share and live the tradition of Aztec dance.

2:30-3:30 pm
Salsa del Soul – Salsa del Soul was formed with the purpose to provide great dance music for Twin Cities Salsa fans. The musicians of Salsa del Soul represent some of the finest talents in the Twin Cities Latin music scene.

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 native milkweed and nectar plants for your yard
  • Make a milkweed seed bomb
  • See how North America is planning to protect monarch butterflies
  • Monarch migration game
  • Monarch bingo
  • Monarch Jeopardy


  • Printmaking
  • Poetry
  • Mosaic creations
  • Soccer with MN United 


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


For more information, contact:
MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784,

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