Powell Gardens' 2015 Festival of Butterflies is July 31-Aug.2 and Aug. 7-9.



August 4-6 and 11-13, 2017

Sponsored by the Martha Jane Phillips Starr Foundation

Festival admission and parking applies. Members are free of charge.Experience the Festival of Butterflies, featuring a flower-filled “Butterfly Breezeway” where visitors can walk among many locally raised native butterflies. Guests can experience a bit of the tropics in our lush Conservatory where a close encounter with the Blue Morpho, Golden Birdwing, or Emerald Swallowtail is almost guaranteed. Touch live caterpillars and learn about Monarch butterflies. New this year, encounter wild dragonflies up-close and personal in our new Dragonfly Den – as part of celebrating "dragons" inspired by our Gardens of Myth sculpture exhibition.  

What to Know Before You Go

Conservatory accessibility:

Our butterfly breezeway and conservatory are wheelchair accessible. However, to ensure the safety of our butterflies, strollers are not allowed inside these areas. Stroller parking is provided near each butterfly enclosure for your convenience. Thank you for helping keep our butterflies safe and contained!

Conservatory exhibit schedule on non-festival days:

The indoor butterfly conservatory is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 7-10* and 14 to 20. No other festival activities take place on these days, and regular Garden admission ($10/adult, $9/senior 60+, $4/children 5-12 and free/members) applies.

*Extended hours are available for photographers on Tuesday, August 8. An additional fee applies. See below for info. 

Extended Hours for Photographers on Tripod Photography Day: On Tuesday, August 8, photographers can pay a fee to use monopods and tripods in the conservatory. They will have exclusive access to the space from 8-10 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m. Photographers who pay the fee can also use monopods and tripods from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. when the conservatory is open to the public. Garden admission plus $5/photographer applies. (Tripods and monopods are not permitted in the conservatory any other days.)

Tips for Visiting with Kids

Check out this page for more details on enjoying a festival visit with children.

Thank You to the Most Incredible Volunteers! 

We owe a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who help make the Festival of Butterflies possible each year! They include Powell Gardens' volunteers, individuals and families, as well as volunteers affiliated with these groups: Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardeners; Osage Trails Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalist; Idalia Society of Mid-American LepidopteristsUMBCommunity of Christ TempleBlack & Veatch; Singles Available for Community ServiceServe KCDeloitteGarminSprintWhiteman Air Force BaseJohnson County Board of Services; and Community America Credit Union. Thank you all for generously sharing your time and talents!