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Save the Date: August 5-7 and 12-14, 2016

The younger crowd will find plenty to see and do at the 2015 Festival of Butterflies.

Butterfly Conservatory

See how many exotic butterflies you can identify! As many as 500 butterflies will be in the exhibit at any one time, including the large Blue Morphos, African Moon Moth and several species from Southeast Asia making their first appearance at the Festival of Butterflies! 

Fun with Caterpillars

Visit the "Cat" Room in the Visitor Center for a guided look at the colorful world of caterpillars. 

Outdoors in the Caterpillar Petting Zoo you'll meet Master Gardeners who can teach you how to grow host plants caterpillars will love and show you how to safely pet a caterpillar.

Make sure to pick up a Caterpillar Hunt card and use it to track down caterpillars on display. If you turn your completed card in at the Youth Education Tent you can receive a prize!

Butterfly Safaris & Games

Visit the Youth Tent along the path to the Island Garden to catch and release butterflies and enjoy games and crafts.

Storytelling with Ms. Frizzle, 10:30 and 2 p.m. each festival day

Hear great stories by Ms. Frizzle, presented by storyteller extraordinaire Dawnna Morris, The Fancy Storyteller!

Costume Parade, 11 a.m. each festival day

Wear your butterfly, dragonfly or fairy wings and join in our short parade around the Fountain Garden. See our brand new giant marching caterpillar "float," created by Linda Williams, and make some noise!

Arts & Crafts

Indoors, you can make your own butterfly wings ($3), paint a pot ($4), get a temporary tattoo ($1), make a caterpillar headband (donation) or have your face painted ($3).

Fun at the Fountain

Bring swimwear and towels and enjoy a cooling splash through the Fountain Garden just north of the Visitor Education Center.

Scenes from previous festivals