Minneapolis Monarch Festival

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:00am

KFAI is a proud sponsor of the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, Saturday, September 7th at the Lake Nokomis Naturescape Garden, Lake Nokomis Parkway at East 50th Street. The festival features performers, art, food from Minnesota, Mexico, and beyond, and of course, monarch butterflies. 

We have an exciting stage line up for 2013.   Opening is Silva Sol at 10am, followed by Machinery Hill at 11am. At noon, the hugely popular Ketzal Coatilcue Aztec Dance group will perform. The afternoon lineup starts with RAMM, and its distinctive repertoire of R&B, Rock, Funk, Motown, and Blues. The sound will become more Caribbean when Charanga Tropical takes the stage with its flute, violins, and Latin rhythm section. The day ends with Salsa del Soul’s high energy Bachata, Plena and Salsa music.  New this year, dance instructors will teach guests a few new dance moves on the portable dance floor, beside the stage (1:00 - 4:00).

Art Activities include printmaking by steamroller (really!) with ArtOrg and Grupo Sopa del Corazon; printing with plants; Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and a variety of hands-on activities with Project Art for Nature.

There are monarch butterflies of course. Besides those raised by the U of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab, we have citizens raising butterflies at home for release to begin their amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico where they will spend the winter. Monarchs will be released singly throughout the day (no mass releases) by groups of guests that have gone through a brief education and tagging excercise in the Monarch Lab's education tent.

Everything from food, to music and art highlights the Minnesota - Mexico connection that the Monarch butterfly creates.