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In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre

1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN, United States, Minneapolis
612-721-2535
Admission: $7.00
Saturday Puppet Shows suggested donation $7.00. Prices vary by program. See individual programs for pricing.
Details:

In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre is located in the historic Avalon Theater in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. They offer a variety of family friendly events and shows throughout the year, including Saturday Shows for Kids, free shows at Calhoun Square, a Christmas Nativity (La Natividad), and the annual MayDay Celebration and Parade at Powderhorn Park. 

In The Heart of the Beast at Midtown Global Market - Fall of 2019

While we wait for the fate of Saturday Puppet Shows and the May Day Parade, IHOB has announced they will be performing 6 FREE puppet shows at Midtown Global Market's Thursday Neighborhood Nights during the fall of 2019. Like the popular Saturday shows, there will be a make-n-take workshop to go with each show's theme. Neighborhood Night begins at 5:30pm. The schedule is:

  • September 12th: Martina the Cockroach, and Perez the Mouse
  • September 26th: Monster Puppet Workshop
  • October 10th: On the Day You Were Born
  • October 25th: Lupita Doesn't Want to Sleep
  • November 14th: Coyote Stories
  • December, 12th: Way of the Monarch

Saturday Puppet Theatre for Kids

2020 Saturday Puppet Show information has not yet been announced and with changes at IHOB, I'm not certain they are going forward. We'll keep this page updated.

2019 Details

In 2019, they ran from January-March with two shows each Saturday at 10am and 12pm. No reservations necessary. This is a pay what you can show, but $7 is the suggested donation amount. Seating is limited and early arrival is encouraged.

Afterwards, for an additional fee of $5 per child and $3 per adult, families can stick around for a make-n-take workshop that goes along with the theme of the show. Pre-registration for the workshops is encouraged. Call  612-721-2535 the previous week.

puppet theatre

Image courtesy of IHOB

In the Heart of the Beast May Day Parade 2020 News

IHOB has been organizing the MayDay Festival since 1975 and has grown into a beloved annual event. Traditionally beginning in February, IHOB invites the public to start collaborating toward  the event with brainstorming sessions and float workshops. Community members, including families with children, are invited to participate in these free workshops to help create a float for the parade.  Both the MayDay festival and the parade are free to attend. Read more about it here.

In 2019, IHOB announced that 2019 would be the last year of the May Day Parade as a IHOB-sponsored event. They called for community collaboration to keep the parade and festival going into the future. - Cancelled for 2020 (Look for it again 5/2/2021). Follow the May Day Festival's Facebook page for updates.

May Day Parade Times

The parade has traditionally started at Noon, with the festival following  at Powderhorn Park and the Tree of Life Ceremony beginning at 3:30pm. Festivities keep going until dusk.

May Day Map

May Day Map

Click here to go to IHOB's May Day Parade Page


In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre

IHOB supports emerging puppet artists with Puppet Lab.

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