The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Putnam Museum and Science Center are inviting the public for a fun family-friendly day at the Putnam as they celebrate Hispanic culture and the migration of Monarch butterflies. The event is coming up in September and most people know it as Monarchs and Mariachi.

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On Thursday, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Putnam Museum and Science Center announced they are hosting a day celebrating Hispanic culture on Saturday, September 10th. Events will kick off at the Putnam at 11 a.m. that Saturday morning with family-friendly activities that will take place until 3 p.m. Those events will be followed by the LULAC Fiesta Night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Museum-goers will have the opportunity to celebrate Mexican Independence throughout the day with cultural performances, displays, and kid-centered activities. Events will include music, a look at a collection of Catrinas on loan at the museum, and a celebration of monarch butterflies and their yearly migration to Mexico.  

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15th and ends October 15th. Michael Reyes, LULAC Fiesta Night committee chair said in the announcement,

“As we enter Hispanic Heritage Month it is important for LULAC to share our culture and celebrate the contributions made by our diverse community."

Officials say as part of the  Monarchs and Mariachi celebration, Putnam educators and experts will be onsite from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to introduce guests to the process of tagging monarchs as they migrate to Mexico and the best ways to support increasing their numbers through habitat improvement and migration research.  

There will also be three showings of the celebrated documentary Flight of the Butterflies 3D throughout the day on the Putnam’s giant Screen. This award-winning film follows the monarchs’ journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.  

The fun doesn't end there! At 6:00 p.m., LULAC invites the public to a special dinner catered by El Mariachi Restaurant, the crowning of 2022’s fiesta queen, and live entertainment by the Glenview Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico, and Groupo Innstinto. Fiesta Night ends at 10 p.m.

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Rachael Mullins, CEO and President of the Putnam, said in the announcement,

“The Putnam has enjoyed a long relationship with the League of United Latin American Citizens, including recent work celebrating Hispanic heritage across our community. We’re honored to have been selected as host and partner for the 2022 LULAC Fiesta Night and are so happy to be a partner in exposing new audiences to the richness and diversity of the Hispanic culture.”

Daytime activities at the Putnam are included in the price of general admission—$9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18), seniors, college students, and the military. Regular movie pricing applies. Through the Putnam’s Museums for All program, admission is $1 per person for households with the presentation of an EBT card. Admission is free for members. 

Tickets for Fiesta Night starting at 6 p.m. are $15 and can be purchased at the door with all proceeds benefitting the LULAC scholarship program. 

For more information, visit the Putnam's website or LULAC's Facebook page. 

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