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


2015 Festival Dates: July 31-August 2 and August 7-9 

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day

Powell Gardens' signature festival returns for its 19th year! See hundreds of colorful, free-flying butterflies in the indoor conservatory. Learn more about monarchs and what you can do to protect them and other native species in our two outdoor butterfly breezeways. 

Festival Schedule


  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Children's Activities—Free activities include a caterpillar hunt, catch-and-release, costume parade at 11 a.m. and make-and-take antennae headbands. Fee-based activities include butterfly wings ($3), paint-a-pot ($3) and face painting ($2).
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Trolley Service (included with festival admission)  
  • 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Storytelling with "Fancy Nancy" (Dawnna Morris) 
  • 11 a.m.: Caterpillar Float & Costume Parade

Saturdays only

  • 10-11 a.m. August 1: Yoga with the Butterflies! Annamarie Weddle from Hagoyah Hair Studio and Yoga Den in Kansas City, Mo., will lead a yoga flow class for all levels in the Vineyard. A $5 donation, which can be paid at the class, is requested.
  • 2 p.m. August 1 and 8: Fresh Bites with Barb the Gardener: Homemade Ice Cream with Tad Davis, owner of Tadley's Homemade Ice Cream, 2 p.m. (Missouri Barn) 

Sundays only

  • 2 p.m. August 2: Garden Chef Series cooking demonstration by Rachel Ciordas, Food Writer/Owner at This One Bite and Insutructor at the Culinary Center of Kansas City (Missouri Barn) 
  • August 9:
    • 10-11 a.m. Yoga with the Butterflies! Donation-based ($5 suggested) yoga flow class for all levels, led by Angela Cronk, Owner of Hagoyah Hair Studio and Yoga (Vineyard) 
    • 2 p.m. Garden Chef Series cooking demonstration by Jasper Mirabile, Jr., Chef/Owner at Jasper's Restaurant (Missouri Barn) 

2015 Evening Events

Spend an evening with the butterflies and experience the "night life" at Powell Gardens: 

  • 7-9 p.m. Saturday, August 1: Family Night—An Evening with the Butterflies (all ages)—Each ticket includes a guided experience in the conservatory, one serving of Tadley's homemade ice cream, storytelling with Fancy Nancy from 7-8 p.m. and a make-and-take craft. 
  • 7-10 p.m. Saturday, August 8: An Evening Escape (21 and older)—Enjoy the gardens in the beauty of twilight! Each ticket includes one drink (beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverage), light appetizers by Howard's and a guided experience in the butterfly conservatory. 

Prepaid reservations are required for these events. 


What to Know Before You Go 

Conservatory exhibit schedule on non-festival days:

The indoor butterfly conservatory will be open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 3-6 and August 10-14. No other festival activities take place on these days, and regular Garden admission applies.

Tripod Photography Day: From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, we will allow tripods and monopods in the conservatory. Garden admission plus $5/photographer applies.   

Food & Drinks

Cafe Thyme Indoor Cafe and Outdoor Grill, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily

reFresh: Drinks and Light Bites from the Garden, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Heartland Harvest Garden

Festival Admission

  • $12/adults, $10/seniors 60+
  • $5/children ages 5 through 12
  • FREE/children 4 and under

Festival admission includes parking, trolley service and access to all of Powell Gardens.

Tips for Visiting with Kids

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



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