Monarchs in the Park festival to feature Pollinator Parade, live music, speakers

The Annual Monarchs in the Park Festival returns to Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws Street, on October 1 and community members can join in on the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, hosted through the Division of Environmental Resilience and Sustainability at the City of Norman, will include activities for all ages and there is no cost to attend.

“Pollinators power our planet,” said City of Norman Manager and Event Coordinator Michele Loudenback. “We are looking forward to a day of celebrating them with neighbors and sharing an array of great information alongside community partners. We always have such an amazing time at this event!”

Festival goers can catch live music and “meet the expert” keynotes beginning at 11 a.m. The event will wrap up with a Pollinator Parade and Garden Planting at 3:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress up or wear pollinator-themed clothing and costumes, and bring their gardening gloves. Other activities available throughout the park during the event include: face-painting, kite-flying, butterfly wing-making, plant sales, games and art exhibitions. Food trucks and adult beverages will also be available.

Major 2023 festival sponsors include: OEC Fiber, Red Earth Group Sierra Club, EcoProducts, OK Biological Survey, and Midway Deli. Volunteers are still being sought to make this event possible. To volunteer, sign up at or call 405.292.9731 for more information.