Festival of Butterflies

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Festival of Butterflies

Thursday, July 22, 2021 – Sunday, August 8, 2021
Daily | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Open Thursdays until 9 p.m.)

Festival Admission Applies | Members Receive Free Admission

Festival Digital Guide

2021 marks the 24th annual Festival of Butterflies

at Powell Gardens!

Start your journey in the Martha Jane Phillips Starr Conservatory to have a close encounter with tropical butterflies and moths from all over the world.

Next, travel to a replica of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico located in the Seed to Plate Greenhouse. Here, paper and live monarch butterflies cover tree limbs, creating a truly immersive (and Instagram-worthy) stop.

Follow the Butterfly Meadow to the Caterpillar Petting Zoo to learn about the life cycle of these important pollinators. After arriving at your final destination, enter the Native Butterfly Habitat to check out the local butterflies.

Explore off the beaten path! Round out your visit by adding butterfly excursions to your itinerary. Favorites include Butterfly Breakfast Bash, the Pollinator Playground, Butterfly Parade, Fountain Garden Slushie Stand, adult tours and more!

Purchase Festival Tickets

Festival Digital Guide

Food and Drink

Butterfly Breakfast Bash
Friday-Sunday | 9 a.m. – noon

Did you know butterflies drink sweet nectar all day long? At Butterfly Breakfast Bash, humans can enjoy a sweet morning meal just like a butterfly! Join Chris Cakes for an all-you-can-eat pancake bar and sausage links in Café Thyme, alongside a Nectar Bar serving assorted juices and coffee.

Dress like your favorite butterfly, bee, or winged pollinator, put on a butterfly temporary tattoo, and create your own butterfly glasses before you snap a picture in front of a themed backdrop. Don’t forget to help create the butterfly window mural!

Butterfly Breakfast Bash Tickets

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

Beer, wine, soda and snacks are available for sale in the Visitor Center. Pick up a beverage or sweet treat provided by McLain’s, Swoon, or Sweet Silk before heading out to experience summer in the Gardens.  

Lunch is served! Swing by the Visitor Center for tacos and nachos daily (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Frozen margaritas and other adult beverages available to purchase alongside family favorites. Tacos and nachos are also available 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays.  


Fountain Garden Slushie Stand 
Friday – Sunday | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fountain Garden 

After a fun filled day of exploring, cool off at the Fountain Garden Slushie Stand with a cool treat. Sweet Daddy Kettle Corn is also popping by with crunchy, salty, and sweet kettle corn. While you’re here, kids of all ages can play in the fountain splash pad.  

ReFresh at the Missouri Barn 
Daily | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Missouri Barn

Stop at ReFresh for box lunches, Betty Rae’s ice cream and other treats. Open daily 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Plan Your Visit