Festival of Butterflies

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Festival of Butterflies

Returning July 18 – August 4, 2024!

Festival of Butterflies (July 18-August 4) invites nature enthusiasts of all ages to celebrate the Midwest’s most whimsical pollinator at Powell Gardens. Spend a day outdoors exploring tropical and native butterflies alongside stunning botanic displays. This festival is a Kansas City family-favorite!

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In 2024, Festival of Butterflies will explore butterflies through cultures around the world. Visit weekly to learn about butterflies in Latin American (July 20), Polynesian (July 27), and Celtic (August 3) cultures.

Start your journey in the Conservatory with an up-close encounter with butterflies. Before you leave the Visitor Center, venture into the Moth Cave in the basement. Next, travel to the Garden Galleries to learn about the journey of Monarch butterflies. Follow the Butterfly Meadow through some of Missouri’s native pollinating plants. Near the path’s entrance, you’ll find the Native Butterfly Habitat full of butterflies native to the Midwest.

Continue exploring off the beaten path. The Lotus Pond (located on the 1-mile Family Discovery Loop) features a mass planting of American Lotus and three decks to enjoy pond-side.

Round out your visit by adding butterfly excursions to your itinerary. Favorites include botanical sundaes, indoor education opportunities, a visit to Fortopia, climbing around the Pollinator Playground, crafting at the Cooling Station, and more!

Festival Highlights

Stay Cool

Festival of Butterflies has indoors and outdoor activities for the whole family! See below for summer of our favorite ways to stay cool during your visit to Festival of Butterflies.

Festival Food, Beverage, and Shopping

Terrace Room
Thursday-Sunday | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Concessions will be available Thursday-Sunday in the Terrace Room during Festival of Butterflies.
 

Ice Cream Parlor
Daily | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Terrace Room (Visitor Center)  

Cool off in the Ice Cream Parlor! Cool treats and beverages are available to purchase, as well as family-friendly entrees. Enjoy one of three signature botanical sundaes: the Pollinator, Monarch (dairy free), or Dirt n’ Worms!
 

Grand Hall Bar
Daily | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visitor Center Grand Hall 

Seasonal beverages, beers, wine, adult and kid-friendly slushees, soda, and snacks are available for purchase in the Visitor Center. Pick up a cold drink before heading out to experience summer in the Gardens!  

The Marketplace at Powell Gardens
Daily | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visitor Center 

Welcome to The Marketplace, where summer’s magic dances on delicate wings! Explore butterfly-inspired treasures and plant lover’s essentials, celebrating the splendor of the season. Step inside and let your imagination take flight. 

 

Festival +Pack
$10 | Available online only  

For $10, choose an item from our secret garden, a cookie, and non-alcoholic drink from The Marketplace. Purchase +Packs online when purchasing festival admission.   

Festival Nights

Celebrate butterflies across cultures during Festival Nights, every Saturday night during
Festival of Butterflies (6-9 p.m.)! 
 

Other Classes and Events

Family Program: Butterflies
Saturday, July 12 | 10-11:30 a.m.
$15 | 10% less for members
Education Building

In July, Powell Gardens’ Family Program: Butterflies celebrates our favorite pollinator– butterflies! Enjoy story time, crafts, and a snack. The program includes a garden adventure to look for butterflies at Powell Gardens.

Recommended for children seven and under. You only need to register the child for the class. Adults will need to pay admission for themselves

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Stone Lion Puppets Presents Bubba & Trixie
July 19 and August 2 | 1-2 p.m.
Conifer Room / Cooling Station
Included with admission 

Bubba is a scaredy-cat caterpillar too afraid to leave his leaf until he meets the fearless Trixie, a crimped wing ladybug. Amazing adventures happen until winter sets in, and Bubba must make a new journey… into a butterfly. A story of true friendship and facing your fears. 

Thank you to our supporters.

Festival of Butterflies is made possible through the generosity of members, visitors, and sponsors. We offer our sincere thanks to the Martha Jane Phillips Starr Field of Interest Fund and Bordner Home Improvement for making this year’s festival possible!

Plan your visit to Powell Gardens today.

Once your tickets are purchased online, you will receive confirmation via email. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

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