September 23rd, 2023

The Monarch Festival at MountFest Returns!
2023 artists sign up now available!

The Monarch Festival at MountFest is a FREE event (with a $10 suggested donation for parking) featuring the region’s most talented artists, an immersive butterfly experience, mouth-watering food trucks, beer & wine garden, children’s activities and bouncy houses, and music all placed in one of Louisville/Southern Indiana’s most picturesque venues, Mount Saint Francis.


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Festival Gallery

See some of the highlights of last years event!

We’re excited to announce that the Monarch Festival at MountFest, sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana and Mount Saint Francis’ Franciscan Earth Care and Franciscan Arts Initiatives, will again combine into a grand outdoor celebration in 2023!

The all-day Monarch Festival at MountFest event will feature an inclusive Regional Arts Festival, live entertainment and musicians, food trucks, local beer and wine, Kids Zone activities, and a fantastic butterfly experience! This event is free and open to the public. Monarch Festival at MountFest draws, on average, over 7,000 attendees and promises to be an even larger event this year – more artists, more food, more music, and more fun!

Meet the Hosts

Come. Create. Celebrate. Mount Saint Francis has been an integral part of Kentuckiana for more than 100 years. Since the 1920s, the friars held an annual summer picnic which was attended by thousands each year. In 2015, MountFest was established by the Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality to provide a premier event to celebrate the area’s arts, music, and food. The friars of our province have a long history of celebrating and honoring the arts. We believe in the importance of art for our communities. With the Franciscan Arts Initiative launching, we want to ensure that beauty and spirit brought to life through art continue to be honored and celebrated.

The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana promotes the arts in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties through partnerships with individuals, groups, and businesses. We leverage our events, programming, and space as platforms for community arts and culture engagement. The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana has hosted the Monarch Festival in different locations throughout Southern Indiana each year since 2010.

All proceeds from Monarch Festival at MountFest will support programs and activities at the Franciscan Arts Initiative and the Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana.

Artist Registration Now Open!