A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity!
ButterflyFest | Oct. 12, 2019
Plant Sale | Oct. 11-13, 2019
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 vendors, entertainment and food, all activities are fun-for-all-ages!
ButterflyFest 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. This year’s theme is coming soon.
- 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 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.
Activities are ongoing on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
- Refreshments, Vendors & Plant Sale (Outside)
- Educational Groups (Various Locations Inside)
- Children’s Area (Outside)
(Subject to change. 2019 activities coming soon!)
Saturday Oct. 12, 2019
|10:30 a.m.||Workshop||Monarchs and Their Migration||Front Classroom|
|11:30 a.m.||Workshop||Butterfly Gardens Have an Impact||Front Classroom|
|12:30 p.m.||Activity||Pollinator Parade||Outside|
|1 p.m.||Activity||Native Florida Butterfly Release||Outside|
|2:30 p.m.||Workshop||Identifying Butterflies in the Field & Wings Over Florida||Front Classroom|
|3:30 p.m.||Activity||Native Florida Butterfly Release||Outside|
(Subject to change)
The Museum will be open on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
ButterflyFest features a large three-day plant sale with more than 150 species of difficult-to-find and butterfly-friendly plants. Learn how to attract butterflies to your home and which plants are proven winners.
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Florida Museum is hosting the seventh annual ButterflyFest Facebook Photo Challenge! The challenge is designed to educate and promote awareness of biodiversity and wildlife through photography.
Capture your best picture and enter by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 23 for your chance to win prizes! Anyone, at any age, can enter this free challenge.
The Museum will post the top 10 images from entries received on its Facebook page Sept. 30, and the public will select the overall winner online via the most ‘likes.’ In addition, there will be a Judges’ Award given to the judging panel’s favorite image.
The winning photographers will be recognized during ButterflyFest.
Interactive stations will give children the opportunity to simulate the pollination process of four key pollinators: bats, birds, bees and butterflies. Kids will gather in groups to learn about the actions of these pollinators while discovering how they impact and contribute to our daily lives.
Join us for a chance to win prizes and explore pollination through hands-on activities. This area is open throughout the festival on the lawn next to the parking garage.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. (Children’s Area)
Wear your own pollinator costume for all Museum visitors to see as we celebrate these amazing animals during the annual Pollinator Parade! This is your chance to join bees, butterflies, bats and birds as we pledge to ensure the future of pollinators. The parade will begin in the Children’s Area.
Want to have a table at this year’s ButterflyFest? Contact Chelsea Collison at 352-273-2062 or email@example.com.
2019 groups coming soon! Sample list below.
- Alachua County Environmental Protection Department
- Alachua County Office of Solid Waste & Waste Resource Recovery
- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
- Florida Conservation Corps
- Florida Museum – McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
- Gainesville Greenway Challenge
- Gators Ready for Exceptional Birding Experiences
- Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses
- Lepidoptera of North America Network (LepNet)
- Lubee Bat Conservancy
- Master Gardeners/IFAS Alachua County Extension Center
- Southern Lepidopterists’ Society
- St. Johns River Water Management District
- UF Entomology Club (UF Entomology/Nematology Department)
- UF One Health Center of Excellence
Vendor applications will open in summer! Sample 2018 vendor list below.
- Cilantro Tacos: Savory Mexican food
- Mayflower Cellars: Artisan sandwiches featuring house-cured and prepared meats, vegan sandwiches, salads, fried, cheese curds and a kids menu
- Philly Five’s Delicious Dogs: Classic hot dog cart with a variety of delicious flavors
- Tropical Sno: Hawaiian shave ice
- Anu Arts n Crafts: Mixed-media artwork
- Baubles Bangles and Beads by RJ Morgan: Wire wrapped gemstone jewelry
- Bookish Apothecary: Handmade soaps
- Boulder Designs by Creations in Concrete: Designer landscape boulders, benches and columns
- CetteVie Photography: Wildlife and nature photography, cards, bookmarks, magnets and jewelry
- Cross Creek Honey: Florida floral varieties of honey, beeswax candles, bath treats and other beeswax goods
- Designs by Fur: Unique home decor accents and gifts, hanging mobiles, geodes and amethyst crystals
- Easy Journey Entertainment: Face painting
- Fabulous Faces Entertainment: Airbrush face painting
- Juniper Lane Co: Handmade pet bandanas and bow ties
- LeahCMYK: Hoop embroidery and illustrated art
- Natelle Draws Stuff: Jewelry, accessories, bags, purses, art prints, cards and stickers
- Nique’s Boutique: Yarn and material creations, including sewn/quilted purses and bags, towels, wash cloths, crocheted coasters, stuffed animals and toys
- Purple Star Clay: Clay jewelry, figurines and collectibles. Original art and prints.
- Samm Wehman Art: Custom pet portraits and hand-painted pet and wildlife themed art on repurposed materials, ceramic figures, greeting cards, framed prints and stickers
- Simone’s Natural Notions: Natural and handmade soaps, soy wax candles and herbal eye pillows
- The Painting Sister: Painted wooden items including framed mirrors, bowls and jewelry
- The Paper Pig Studio: Handmade paper art including framed wall art, shadow boxes, envelopes and cards
- The Tee Shop: On-demand t-shirt screenprinting
- UF Entomology & Nematology Student Organization (UF ENSO): T-shirts
- Valhalla Spa Organics: Small organic beekeeper with local raw honey, handmade lotion bars, lip balm and beeswax candles
Museum Gift Shops – Collectors and Butterfly
Make sure to stop by the Museum Collectors Shop and Butterfly Gift Shop for unique natural history, science and butterfly-themed items. The perfect spot to get your wings for the Pollinator Parade! Members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases in the Museum Gift Shops.
The Museum does not have an ATM, so visitors are encouraged to bring cash if they would like to purchase items from festival vendors (as they may or may not offer other payment options).
Volunteer opportunities are offered annually for ButterflyFest, including assisting with the plant sale, nonprofit tables, activities and more! There are wide varieties of jobs available. Volunteers must be 18 and older with the exception of current Museum Junior Volunteers.
Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Hester at 352-273-2055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on becoming a ButterflyFest sponsor, please contact Kara Schwartz at 352-273-2047 or email email@example.com.
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