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In the Heart of the Beast Mask & Puppet Theatre

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

Sadly, in January of 2019, In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre announced it would be significantly reducing its operations in 2019. What does this mean to fans? This could be the last year of the MayDay Celebration, unless local partners step in. It also could mean the end to Saturday Puppet Theatre. At this point, we'll have to wait and see. Read more here. Donate here.

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 Puppet Theatre

IHOB supports emerging puppet artists with Puppet Lab.

Saturday Puppet Theatre for Kids

puppet theatre

Image courtesy of IHOB

This year, the Saturday puppet shows will being January 6, 2018 and run through March 10, 2019. Find the full schedule in our Performing Arts Calendar. Each Saturday there are two shows to choose from -- 10am & 12pm. Some shows are in English and others in Spanish.

No reservations are 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.

La Natividad - A Walking Nativity Puppet Theatre

La Natividad is a mobile, outdoor procession re-enacting the nativity through a two-block walk from the Avalon Theatre to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, followed by a fiesta with music and food. In the Mexican tradition of La Posada, this show is performed in both English and Spanish)

Annual MayDay Parade and Festival

IHOB has been organizing the MayDay Festival since 1975 and has grown into a beloved annual event. 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.

Volunteer to Usher 

IHOB sometimes needs volunteer ushers, which offers the perk of seeing the show for free. If you are interested in ushering, email boxoffice @ to volunteer and learn more. Ushers generally arrive one hour prior to showtime and help fold and distribute programs.

Past IHOB Puppet Theatre Shows


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