MayDay Festival – HOBT’s Annual Spring Greeting

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre (HOBT) has hosted the MayDay Parade and Festival since the 1970s.

Latest MayDay Festival News

During the last few years, HOBT and the MayDay festival have been undergoing changes and the festival has been cancelled. HOBT tells us that they have partnered with Roosevelt High School, MIGIZI and Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue to launch the new MayDay Season in 2022. While there will not be a parade, there WILL be a block party festival that will include family-friendly elements, including puppet. poet and dance performances, art activities for both kids and teens as well as food. The festival will be a celebration of International Workers Day with an emphasis on immigrant rights.


Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time: 1pm-4pm
: The Four Directions Family Center Parking Lot, 1527 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Learn more from HOBT.

In the meantime, Gianna shared her experience in 2014:

What is the MayDay Festival?

If you had read Anne’s Favorite First Year Finds article about 5 things she wanted to make sure she did with her family after her first year with Family Fun Twin Cities, you’ll recall that on the top of her list is the In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay Parade.

And if you are like Anne not having made it in the past, then you will want to pay close attention.

The Parade is traditionally the first Sunday of May (unless its rained out, see below) and is followed by a MayDay Ceremony and Festival. Sure the weather is likely to feel like a balmy 40 degrees, and you may not want to venture out without a parka, but if there was ever a time to celebrate spring, I think now is perfect.

Tree of Life at the In the Heart of the Beast May Day Parade and Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tree of Life – Image courtesy of IHOB.

Changes in 2022

After a couple of years hiatus, the MayDay Festival is back in 2022 without the parade. Like past years, we can still expect to have family-friendly art activities, food, dancers. The intention of this years festival is to provide a space for protest, celebration and healing.

Important Note: This year the festival will be a block party off of Lake Street.

Keep in mind the weather.

If it is rainy, it will be postponed. How do I know this? Because the one year we made a point to get to Powderhorn Park for the festival, we were sorely disappointed that it was empty due to the rain and we were unable to make it the next week when they had rescheduled it. If the weather seems iffy, make sure you check in on their website.

If you go, please leave your pictures and your thoughts on our Facebook page or share them here in the comments. It would be great to know what you thought – especially as the future of this event hangs in the balance.

Twin Cities Spring Family Festival Calendar

This article was originally written in 2014 but has been updated with 2022 information. We are adding updated  information as it emerges.

4 thoughts on “MayDay Festival – HOBT’s Annual Spring Greeting”

  1. I miss the parade where for decades I had the opportunity as a K-12 teacher to empower students to take the streets, march, sing, shout and dance in so many artistic forms, as led by HOBT. Bring back the parade. PLEASE!!!

    1. We totally agree, Russell. We hope that after HOBT has re-organized they’ll be able to bring back the parade with support of the full community.

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