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20190313 Monarch Festival Quinta MazatlanThe third annual Monarch Fest at Quinta Mazatlan will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Dr. in McAllen.

The event celebrates the northward migration of the iconic butterfly from Mexico through the United States and into Canada. The event will have food, speakers, tours, crafts, live entertainment and much more.

Quinta Mazatlan introduced the Monarch Fest in 2017 with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling’s signing of the Mayors' Monarch Pledge through the National Wildlife Federation. The City of McAllen is the first city in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the second in the United States, that pledges at the Champion Level to help create and restore habitat while educating citizens in the community about the plight of monarch butterflies.

As part of the pledge, Quinta Mazatlan is working with the McAllen school district to create learning landscapes on school campuses. The sanctuary also offers garden design workshops encouraging individuals and businesses to design gardens to support birds and butterflies.

The Monarch Fest features a marketplace, food trucks, art installations, live music and dance performances. Adults will enjoy the chef cooking demos with Chef Marcel, speakers from Mexico and the U.S., garden tours, native plant sales and more shopping.

“We seek to inspire the community to take part in saving the monarch by starting in our own backyards,” said Colleen Hook, manager of Quinta Mazatlan. “Together, we can make a difference.”

The urban sanctuary has more than doubled its acreage for habitat since opening in 2006 with many park improvements. A new LEED Certified Discovery Center was built in 2012, which services more than 10,000 children from area school districts annually and continues to grow the volunteer base bringing in over 8,500 hours annually.

For more information about The third annual Monarch Fest, visit www.quintamazatlan.com or call (956) 681-3370. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.ticketmaster.com.

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