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2020 Minneapolis Monarch Festival/Festival de la Monarca Re-Imagined

Online and In-Person Activities Bringing the Festival into Your Home

As the majestic Monarch Butterfly delights Minnesotans this summer, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival re-imagines our annual celebration and moves online.

New in 2020, the Festival will organize cultural, artistic, and educational virtual activities to keep the spirit of the Festival alive and promote our core message of protecting the Monarch Butterfly from August to September 12. Activities Link. These bilingual, interactive online and in-person events will bring the Festival right into your home with local artists and hands-on projects, author and book reading, and our scientific experts.

Our online guests will celebrate the Monarch Butterfly’s 2,300-mile journey from Minnesota to Mexico with art, culture, and education. The Festival welcomes artist Lynette LaRue and take-home kits for creating butterfly masks; Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec dancers explain the cultural and historical significance of their exquisite hand-made costuming; Monarch Joint Venture teaches our audience how to be good stewards by conserving the endangered monarch environment; and so much more!

The Re-Imagined Festival will protect our guests, exhibitors, and staff by complying with COVID-19 guidelines and social distancing. The Festival plans to return to its home at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis in 2021 and welcome over 9,000 visitors.

For the past dozen years, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival celebrates the amazing migration from Minnesota to central Mexico with music, arts, dance, food, and monarchs! The Festival is organized by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture and U.S. Forest Service.

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

New – The Minneapolis Monarch Festival was voted Best Festival 2020 by City Pages. Read More.

General Information& Event Manager:
MaryLynn Pulscher, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org | 612-313-7784

Want to be a part of supporting the festival? mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org | 612-313-7784

Robin Smothers, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
rsmothers@minneapolisparks.org | 612-230-6410

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