If you and your family are free this Saturday, September 9th, the Minneapolis Monarch Festival is being held at Lake Nokomis. Ã‚ It is the perfect way to spend the day with your family… and it’s free! :)
The festival celebrates the 2,300 mile journey of the Monarch butterfly from Minnesota to Mexico and has music, dance, foods, hands-on art, native plant sales, activities for the kids, and ample opportunities for you and your kids to see the Monarch butterfly up close and learn about their habitats.
Here is the list of activities planned taken from their website (there are some really cool ones):
10am – 10:45amÃ‚ – Ballet Folklorico
11:15am – 12pmÃ‚ – Salsa Del Soul
12:30pm – 1:15pmÃ‚ – Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue
1:45 pm- 2:30 pmÃ‚ – Tropical Zone Orchestra
3 pm – 4 pm –Ã‚ Twins of Franklin
Plus!Ã‚ 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.Ã‚ Parade will be led by Chicks on Sticks.Ã‚ All youth participantsÃ‚ will receive a free monarch habitat seed packet.
Line up starts at the information booth (east side of Festival grounds)
Parade:Ã‚ 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 fromÃ‚ Mother Earth Gardens,Ã‚ MN Native Landscapes, andÃ‚ Natural Shore Technologies
- See how North America is planning to protect monarch butterflies
- Monarch migration game
- Monarch bingo
- Monarch Jeopardy
- Animation Station
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.
- Electric Machete
- Printmaking withÃ‚ Sarah Nassif
- Mask Making with Lynette LaRue
- Pedal to the Metal: Traveling Foundry
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 theÃ‚ University of Minnesota Monarch Lab. Groups of 5-6 people will tag a butterfly and then release it in theÃ‚ Naturescape Garden. (Donations appreciated.) Receive word if your Monarch is ever captured or found along the migration route.
Visit their website for more details:Ã‚ http://monarchfestival.org/