Butterfly Festival

Sat. Sept. 22 & Sun. Sept. 23

Make it a Getaway

Celebrate butterflies, caterpillars and all things crawly at our inaugural Butterfly Festival!  With crafts, games and activities for children of all ages (and kids at heart), the Cecil B. Day Tropical Butterfly Conservatory  will be the hub of happenings all weekend long.  Find your favorite snack in nearby Meadowlark Garden and make a pair of beautiful wings to take home in one of our many craft tents, but above all slow down to take in the magic of the conservatory and Callaway Gardens’ “flying flowers”.

Stay tuned for more information on happenings and activities.

If you would like to be a food truck vendor or a retail vendor at our festival please contact info@callawaygardens.com

Butterfly Festival Schedule

Printable Schedule

Saturday, September 22nd

8:30 to 10 a.m. Registration for Cecil’s Hunt^ in the Butterfly Center Lobby
9 a.m. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center Opens
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discovery Tables
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craft Tables

  • Butterfly Mask
  • Pompom Caterpillar
  • Hand-print Painted Butterfly
  • Caterpillar Necklace
  • Chromatography Butterflies
  • Butterfly Wand
  • Pasta Lifecycle
  • Origami Butterflies

10 a.m. Registration Opens for Games
10:30 a.m., Sharp, Blue Morpho Release
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games

  • Younger Kids
    • Lifecycle Race
    • Butterfly Egg Hunt
  • Older Kids
    • Lifecycle Race
    • Pollinator Race

1 to 4 p.m. Monarch Tagging
4 to 7 p.m. Live Music & Cash Bar
4 to 7 p.m. Fruit to Feed Morphos
5 p.m. Deadline for Cecil’s Hunt^ Check-in
6 p.m. Cecil’s Hunt^ Winners Announced

Sunday, September 23rd

8 to 10 a.m. Muffins with Morphos (registration required)
10 a.m. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center Opens
10:30 a.m. Blue Morpho Release
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discovery Tables
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craft Tables

  • Butterfly Mask
  • Pompom Caterpillar
  • Hand-print Painted Butterfly
  • Caterpillar Necklace
  • Chromatography Butterflies
  • Butterfly Wand
  • Pasta Lifecycle
  • Origami Butterflies

11 a.m. Registration Opens for Games
11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Games

  • Younger Kids
    • Lifecycle Race
    • Butterfly Egg Hunt
  • Older Kids
    • Lifecycle Race
    • Pollinator Race

1 to 4 p.m. Monarch Tagging

Make it a Getaway

^Cecil’s Hunt Rules

 

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