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 other native species in our two outdoor butterfly breezeways. Monarch Watch will be here to answer questions about monarchs and talk about ways to protect these beautiful butterflies. 

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 ($4) and face painting ($3 and $5).
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monarch Watch exhibit 
  • 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

Fridays only 

  • 11 a.m.-noon July 31: Fresh Bites: Herbs to Know and Grow with Lynn Soulier, Gardens of Delight president (Missouri Barn) 

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 Lucca Bakery, and Instructor 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 the evening 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

Chartroose Caboose, July 31-August 2 and August 7-9 

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

North Star Events: Cotton Candy and Drinks, 10:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. August 1-2

Tadley's Homemade Ice Cream, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

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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