It was too adorable to die.
Since launching in 2012, the Walker Art Center's insanely popular Internet Cat Video Festival became a cultural anomaly. What was supposed to be a chill screening of quirky internet cat vids on the Walker's lawn drew an astonishing 10,000 people and national media attention.
In following years, the festival relocated to venues better equipped to handle the kitty-loving masses in the State Fair Grandstand and CHS Field. Despite its peculiar success, this spring the Walker announced it was putting down the beloved fest, citing a lack of evolution in “the form” of silly-cute cat videos and a desire to do something new.
Burning one of its nine lives, the Cat Video Festival got a rebirth Thursday when the St. Paul Saints and myTalk 107.1 announced they plan to bring it back to Lowertown this summer. The feline frenzy is planned for August 9, and the Saints are promising a litter of cat-related activities and “cat friendly music.” General admission tickets, which go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday, are $10 with a buck going toward Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue (kids 5 and under get in free). For $75, high rollers can go the VIP route with inclusive food and drink. Either way, you're encouraged to don your best kitty costume.
Should you have footage of your little purr-baby falling into a bathtub, batting a yarn ball, or otherwise being adorable, fans can submit their own videos at catfestmn.com – a first for the event.
It remains to be seen how “the form” will progress. But with more than 13,000 fans flooding CHS Field for last year's fest, clearly the kitty party hasn't lost its steam.
IF YOU GO:
Cat Video Festival
Tuesday, August 9 at 8:30 p.m. (gates open 6 p.m.)
Tickets: On sale Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m.