Join Monarch Musicians for the After-Party at Merlins Rest

Celebrate the start of the Monarch Butterfly’s amazing 2,300-mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico at the 2nd Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival at the Lake Nokomis Naturescape Gardens on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 9 AM – 2 PM.   Admission: FREE!

TWIN CITIES — August 18, 2010 — The Second Annual Monarch Festival at the Lake Nokomis Naturescape Gardens at Lake Nokomis and 50th Street in south Minneapolis ( celebrates the amazing 2,300 migration of Monarch Butterflies from Minnesota to Michoacán Mexico on September 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate this annual journey and the Minnesota—Mexico connection with a FREE all-day event featuring food from across the Americas, music, dance, live Monarch butterfly releases, Kids 3/4K Butterfly Fun Run and 5K Run for the Monarch, plant sales, habitat awareness, arts and games activities, including Monarch Bingo, Amazing Migration, Monarch Jeopardy, and making a Monarch Mandala!

  • View a PSA Trailer for the festival here:
  • Listen to the entire song written by Larry Long for the event, currently being played on Radio Disney — Request an MP3 File.

After the day’s activities, join many of the Monarch musicians at Merlin’s Rest afterwards from 8 to midnight to continue the party at 3601 East Lake Street (Minneapolis, MN 55406, 612 216-2419). See details below for more information*

Tour the Naturescape Garden, a Vital Monarch Waystation

Throughout the day there will be tours of the Nokomis Naturescape Garden, which has been certified as a Monarch Waystation by the conservation and research organization Monarch Watch.  Monarch Waystations contain annual and perennial plants that provide habitat and food sources that are essential to the survival of monarch butterflies.

Make sure to get to the lake early and optionally wear your favorite wings, best pair of antenna, or caterpillar shirt and learn about the Monarch Butterfly while dancing along the shores of beautiful Lake Nokomis, Grandmother of waters!

The Monarch Festival is produced by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and Community Celebration of Place.

Monarch Festival Performers for 2010 include:

  • Smithsonian Folkways recording artist and community organizer Larry Long (  with the renowned musicians, Billy ( & Ricky Peterson ( , Fiddlin’ Pete ( and Joe Savage (
  • QuetzelCoatlicue Danza Mexica Azteca (
  • Tropical Zone Orchestra (
  • Tonia Hughes (
  • Mariachi Estrella (
  • Larry Yazzie (
  •  Los Alegres Bailadores (
  • Papa John Kolstad & the Hot Club of East Lake (Featuring Dean Mikkelson, Sam Fiske, Clint Hoover, & Tom Lewis)       (

For more information:

To view Sponsor links:

To interview a spokesperson for the event — or to have Larry Long or other musicians play live prior to the event — please contact Martin Keller at Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585,

*After-Party Details:

Live at Merlins Rest!

Concert and Jam Session from 8-Midnight Featuring: Larry Long with Billy & Ricky Peterson, Fiddlin’ Pete and Joe Savage, Papa John Kolstad & the Hot Club of East Lake (Dean Mikkelson, Sam Fiske, Clint Hoover and Tom Lewis)

Merlins Rest
3601 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 216-2419