In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre is located in the historic Avalon Theater in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis. They have offered a variety of family friendly events and shows throughout the year, including Saturday Shows for Kids, free shows at Calhoun Square and Midtown Global Market, a Christmas Nativity (La Natividad), and the annual MayDay Celebration and Parade at Powderhorn Park. IHOB is in the process of transformation right now and there are no family shows currently offered.
Find up-to-date listings on our Calendar of Kid-Friendly Theater, Music and Performing Arts in the Twin Cities.
Reorganization of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
The puppet theatre has been working toward reorganization since early 2020. As part of this new direction, IHOB will be selling the Avalon Theatre and looking for a new space, creating new decentralized MayDay experiences, and choosing a new name for the puppet and mask theater. Watch for new information in the coming months.
In the Heart of the Beast May Day Parade & Festival
IHOB has been organizing the MayDay Festival since 1975 and has grown into a beloved annual event. Traditionally IHOB would invite the public to start collaborating toward the event with brainstorming sessions and float workshops beginning in February. Community members, including families with children, were invited to participate in these free workshops to help create a float for the parade. Both the MayDay festival and the parade were free to attend. Between public health issues and finances, IHOB has taken a break from MayDay for the last couple years, and when they return with it, they plan to have de-centralized experiences rather than one huge parade and festival. Read more about it here.
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 would keep going until dusk. Plans for 2022 are still in the works and, since IHOB plans to decentralize the experience, it may not result in a parade or festival. We look forward to seeing the results of IHOB's changes in 2022.