Butterfly Festivals

Butterfly Festivals

United States

California

Mariposa Butterfly Festival - Every year on the first weekend of May, vendors, musicians and celebrants from all over the world gather in the small rural community of Mariposa, California, for a family event that seeks to educate and celebrate the Butterfly along with our beautiful Mariposa County in the Gold Country foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Monterey Butterfly Parade - Pacific Grove's annual Butterfly Parade, a tradition that goes back almost three-quarters of a century, is held on the first Saturday of every October. The Butterfly Parade, as well as the Butterfly Bazaar that follows, celebrates the return of the Monarch butterfly to Pacific Grove, the beautiful insects' annual wintering stop.

The Water Conservation Garden - The Butterfly Festival celebrates the return of butterfly season each spring at The Water Conservation Garden! An exciting program of activities engage all ages with these amazing insects, highlighting the important role that butterflies play in our ecosystem, and how visitors can attract and support butterflies in their home gardens.

Florida

Coconut Creek - Coconut Creek, the "Butterfly Capital of the World", is a well-planned city with a unique environmental consciousness nestled between Miami and Palm Beach. Each year, they have a wonderful butterfly festival.

Georgia

Chattahoochee Nature Center - The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when Monarchs and Milkweed take center stage as we celebrate all things pollinators! 

Dunwoody Nature Center Annual Butterfly Festival in August includes live butterfly exhibits, games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations throughout the park.

Illinois

Oak Lawn Park District Monarch Butterfly Festival - This award winning festival highlights the issues that the magnificent Monarch butterfly faces today, and how everyone can do something to assist in the preservation of this challenged species. Join us for fun and educational activities and presentations for children and adults, which will include butterfly arts and crafts for children, exhibitors sharing expertise in many related areas, an interactive butterfly puppet theater, Monarch butterfly tagging and release, a bug zoo, photography tips, music, caterpillar aquarium and butterfly raising information.

Monarch Migration Festival - In early September, join the City of Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department for a day of fun activities, great food and vendors, and wonderful educational opportunities. Migrate to the Lakeside Nature Center for a day of activities, education and fun events. There will be plenty to do and to learn concerning Monarch butterflies.  

Kentucky

Oak Grove Tourism Butterfly Festival - The only festival of its kind in the State of Kentucky, the Oak Grove Tourism Butterfly Festival is one of the most popular events in the region. Includes a release of over 1,000 butterflies!

Minnesota

Monarch Festival - This September Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

Missouri

Powell Gardens Butterfly Festival - Immerse yourself in the world of butterflies native and exotic! Special programming, family-friendly activities, free expert advice each weekend (Friday-Sunday) of the festival.

New Jersey

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association - Their annual Butterfly Festival, held on the grounds of the 930-acre Watershed Reserve, has been a popular family event attracting around 3,000 visitors every summer.

Texas

Grapevine Botanical Garden Butterfly Flutterby - Bring the entire family, even your pets, to celebrate the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. The Annual Butterfly Flutterby is a free, family-friendly event featuring live butterfly releases, a parade, crafts, games and much more, held in October.

Jasper County - Butterfly Festival is always the first Saturday in October, held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce's Fall Fest: arts & craft, music & special events on the courthouse square.

Mission Texas - Texas Butterfly Festival - Whether you are an accomplished naturalist or a beginner enthusiast, the Texas Butterfly Festival is the place to be at the end of October. Here, many eyes make for exciting discoveries, including U.S. records, super rarities, subtropcal strays, seldom-seen species, 'life' and chase butterflies that may only be found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), where the river winds its way toward the Laguna Madre at the Gulf of Mexico. This unique region encompasses no fewer than 11 different types of habitat, from tidal wetlands to riparian forest, brushland scrub to prairie savanna, and is home to more than 1,200 different species of plants, 500 species of birds, 200 vertebrate species, roughly 300 species of butterflies, and over 90 species of dragonflies!

Wimberley - The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens - The festival features butterfly releases, butterfly art, nature activities, and more.

Virginia

Williamsburg Botanical Garden features a butterfly festival each August. Festivities include hands-on exhibits, speakers, butterfly crafts and two tents filled with over 300 beautiful live butterflies.