Festival of Butterflies

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Festival of Butterflies

July 26 – August 11, 2019 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day

Festival Admission Applies | Members are FREE
$5 Parking Fee

Purchase Admission

Flit and flutter out to Powell Gardens for this annual event focused on a favorite pollinator! Enjoy hands-on activities, interact with expert community partners, and walk among the winged beauties in the tropical conservatory display and Native Butterfly Habitat.

Daily During the Festival (July 26 – August 11)

  • Walk through the tropical conservatory display and Native Butterfly Habitat.
  • Two FREE family-friendly drop-in hands-on activities.
  • Access to view the Minteer Collection Butterfly Display.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday during the Festival (July 26-28, August 2-4 and 9-11)


Conservatory Butterfly Release and Short Talk
11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day
Meet a Powell Gardens butterfly expert to release newly emerged species into the conservatory. Each talk will last approximately 15 minutes and discuss several of the species on view and the process by which we rear and care for the butterflies.

Butterfly Fashion Parade
1:00 p.m. each day
Kids! Gather in the Grand Hall, grab some butterfly wings and other musican accessories and follow us out to the native butterfly habitat for a marching parade with a giant caterpillar.

Native Butterfly Show and Tell
1:30 p.m. each day
Join Powell Gardens horticulturist Eric Perette for a family-friendly show and tell experience to learn about native species in our native butterfly habitat. This is a hands-on experience to also seek and find live caterpillars amongst the host plants in the display. For those interested, a short butterfly hunt in the garden with butterfly nets follows the show and tell in the habitat.

Resource Center
The multi-purpose room space will be activated by various like-minded groups interested in promoting native butterfly habitats and conservation. Drop in all day!

The Idalia Society will be featured August 2, 3, 5 and 9, 10, 11 only.

Natural Exposure: Photographs by Wendy Delzeit, Stephanie Ehrhardt, Angie Harris, and Lisa Healey
July 26-September 8, 2019
This special exhibition features four professional artists from the greater Kansas City area whose work depicts aspects of the landscape and garden through the medium of photography.  These photographs bring the outdoors indoors and may inspire us to examine aspects of nature more closely in person.

Flitting Affairs! More Butterfly Opportunities!