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A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity!

ButterflyFest is an annual festival to celebrate backyard wildlife with an emphasis on pollinators! From native butterfly releases, live animals, workshops and plant sales to merchandise vendors, entertainment and food, all activities are family-friendly and fun-for-all-ages!

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ButterflyFest 2018ButterflyFest is dedicated to increasing awareness of Florida’s butterflies as fun, fascinating ambassadors to the natural world. Activities will promote inquiry and provide a call to action for the conservation and preservation of backyard wildlife and habitats.


  • Festival: Saturday, Oct. 12 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 3-Day Plant Sale
    Friday, Oct. 11 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 12 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Sunday, Oct. 13 | 1-5 p.m.


While the Butterfly Rainforest and Survival of the Slowest exhibits require an admission price, the festival and ButterflyFest activities are FREE!ButterflyFest 2016

Butterfly Rainforest exhibit admission is $14 for adults ($12 Fla. residents) and $7 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. Some vendors may charge for their services.

Note: The Museum does not have an ATM on-site.


FREE parking is available in the large Cultural Plaza parking lot and garage adjacent to the Museum. Campus decal restrictions are not enforced on weekends. In addition, parking restrictions will be lifted on Friday, Oct. 16, for the first day of the Plant Sale.


Ongoing on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Refreshments, Vendors, Plant Sale & Butterfly Releases (Outside)
  • Dance Performances, Educational Groups & workshops (Various Locations Inside)
  • Children’s Area (Outside)


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For information on becoming a ButterflyFest sponsor, please contact Kara Schwartz at 352-273-2047 or email kschwartz@flmnh.ufl.edu.
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Name: Catherine Carey, ButterflyFest

Phone: 352-273-2064

Email: butterflyfest@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

Website: View Venue Website

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