5th Annual Monarch Festival

Date and Time:
Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 1:00pm4:00pm
The 5th Annual Monarch Festival, a free family festival dedicated to raising awareness in the community about nature, art, and culture, will feature music, dancing, educational exhibits, family crafts and games, at the corner of Clayton and County Streets in downtown Waukegan.

This year the Festival presents bike stunts by pro BMX rider Matt Wilhelm, an “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist. Matt is known as the fastest spinner in the world on a BMX bike and has earned three X-Games Medals. His show includes topics about bike safety, motivation, and perseverance. In addition to bike stunts, there will be a demonstration by the Waukegan Police Department K-9 Unit and traditional Mexican cultural dancing by Erande.

Activities at the festival include a climbing wall, a radar soccer kick game, a bike obstacle course by Waukegan BMX, free face painting, and the chance to fly a quad copter courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America Northeast Illinois Council. In addition to local restaurants offering a variety of food and drinks, the Chicago Botanic Gardens Green Youth Farm will sell fresh fruits and vegetables from their local farmer’s market.

The festival uses the flight and movement of the Monarch butterfly to teach families about the importance of staying active and eating healthy. Booths highlight the fall migration of the Monarch butterfly from Illinois to Michoacan, Mexico with activities like hula hooping, jump roping, and dancing to show the importance of the ecosystem to the survival of the Monarch.

Sponsors of the Monarch Festival include Bright Start College Savings, Prairie Crossing Charter School, Great Lakes Credit Union, Words on Wheels, Lewis Fresh Market, Consumers Credit Union, Erie Family Health, H&R Block, Rosita La Michoacana, Classic Toyota, Puro Futbol, Mundo Fox, the Waukegan Park District, and Most Blessed Trinity Parish.

For questions about the festival, the performers or exhibitors, call Rena Morrow, Marketing and Exhibits Manager at the Waukegan Public Library, at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231.

Booths will highlight the fall migration of the Monarch butterfly from Illinois to Michoacan, Mexico and teach children how the ecosystem is vital to the survival of the Monarch. The migration remains a mystery to the world but represents the importance of maintaining culture and returning to your roots.
Registration is not available for this event.