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Nokomis Days blends Monarch Fest, Big Tent Event and block party

Posted on 27 August 2018 by calvin

Nokomis Days
Discover Nokomis Days on Sept. 8 and 9 in the Nokomis East neighborhood! Spend the weekend exploring our quiet, family-oriented community through three celebrations that highlight different facets of Nokomis East.

Start with the Minneapolis Monarch Festival on Sat., Sept. 8, 10am-4pm, with art, dancing, music and make and take activities. The festival happens at 49th St. and Woodlawn Blvd.

Then, enjoy a glass of beer and live music while your kids visit the balloon artist, face painters, and caricature artist at the Lake Nokomis Community School Big Tent Event. It’s hours of fun in the Oxendale’s Market (5025 S. 34th Ave.) parking lot on Sat., Sept. 8, 5:30-10pm.

Cap off the weekend with a visit on Sun., Sept. 9 to the Nokomis Block Party hosted by the Nokomis East Business Association. This event is packed with local foods, arts and crafts, music, games, kids activities, raffles, and more. Head to Oxendale’s Market at 5025 S. 34th Ave. from 11am-3pm.

Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca 2018
This year’s 10th Anniversary Minneapolis Monarch Festival will occur on Sat., Sept. 8, 10am-4pm. The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300-mile migration from

Photo right: Monarch Festival file photo from 2017.

Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales, and plenty of opportunities to get up-close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

Festival participants can listen to music from Salsa Del Soul and other acts, make their own art print, get up-close with monarch caterpillars, tag and release a monarch butterfly, play games, and much more.

Visit the Minneapolis Monarch Festival website at for the full line-up of music, food, art, activities, and native plant sale information. These activities are all free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area surrounded by E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Woodlawn Blvd., and E. Nokomis Pkwy. The festival is co-hosted by the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Apply for a NENA Board Seat
NENA is seeking applicants for the vacant Board seat from the Minnehaha neighborhood. If you live (homeowner and renter) in the Minnehaha neighborhood, you can nominate yourself (most common); or any NENA member can nominate a Minnehaha neighborhood resident as an applicant for the Board. Completed nomination forms are due on Wed., Sept. 12.

The NENA Board of Directors will review all applications and appoint a new Board member at its Sept. 27 meeting. This is a replacement appointment serving from September 2018 to April 2020.

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Fall Neighborhood Cleanup
Litter is not only unsightly, but it also can have devastating effects on local water quality. Join us for a neighborhood cleanup and get to know the NENA Green Initiatives Committee. The event is on Sat., Sept. 22, from 10am–12:30pm at the Crosstown Covenant Church parking lot (5540 30th Ave. S.). Volunteers that show up between 10– 10:30am get free coffee and doughnuts. Bring a pair of gloves you do not mind getting dirty. RSVP on the NENA Facebook event page or just show up!

BARK!ART Dog & Art Festival
Announcing BARK!ART Dog & Art Festival, Sat., Sept 15, 12-8pm and Sun., Sept. 16 from 12-5pm at Off-Leash Area’s Art Box, 4200 E. 54th St. E. This new two-day family festival will be hosted by Off-Leash Area with community partner Canine Coach. BARK!ART will bring two communities beloved by Off-Leash Area—dogs and art—together in a festival featuring all-ages outdoor talent shows, dog-related business and artist booths, and a new production by Off-Leash Area called “Paws and Effect,” starring a dog!

Learn more by visiting the BARK!ART Festival page at The festival is supported by a 2018 MRAC grant.

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