GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is now selling advance tickets to ButterflyFest, scheduled for Oct. 13-14.

The weekend butterfly festival, now in its second year, features a variety of activities for all ages including live entertainment, crafts and demonstrations, field trips and behind-the-scene tours, exhibits by area non-profit organizations, as well as vendors offering food and butterfly and garden gifts and plants.

“We’ve been receiving so many calls we decided to begin advance ticket sales now to help alleviate long lines during the weekend event,” said ButterflyFest co-coordinator Betty Dunckel.

Several nationally known musicians and a number of community groups will perform throughout the weekend. Highlights include Jimmy Ibbotson, former lead singer for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who sang “Mr. Bojangles;” Jesse Winchester, an accomplished musician whose songs have been recorded by many artists, including Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Wynonna Judd; Jonathan Edwards, whose hit “Sunshine” made it to No. 4 on the Billboard charts in 1972; and The Claire Lynch Band, an award-winning bluegrass band considered one of the best in the country.

Performances are included with the ButterflyFest one-day general admission of $5 for adults and $2 for ages 5-12. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Florida Museum located on the University of Florida campus or by calling (352) 846-2000, ext. 275. The museum accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

For more information about ButterflyFest, visit or call Marilyn Martin, (352) 846-2000, ext. 245.

Writer: Christine Eschenfelder
Media contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 273-2054,