Festival of Butterflies 2014


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

  • Storytelling featuring "Fancy Nancy," 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily 
  • Caterpillar Float & Costume Parade, 11 a.m. daily
  • Trolley Service, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (included with festival admission) 
  • Children's Activities, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free activities include a caterpillar hunt, catch-and-release, costume parade and antennae headbands. Fee-based activities include butterfly wings ($3), paint-a-pot ($3) and face painting ($2).
  • Fresh Bites with Barb the Gardener, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday

2015 Evening Events

Check back for details about evening events during the Festival of Butterflies. 




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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