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2019 Flutter Fest

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brought to you in partnership with Idlewild Butterfly Farm

Fly on by and join us for our annual butterfly festival!

Enjoy 15 stations where you can learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly migration and why pollinators like bees and butterflies are important. A limited number of guests can become a hands-on citizen scientists by helping us tag monarch butterflies so we can track their long journey to their wintering grounds in central Mexico. Enjoy fun games and activities like buggy toss, caterpillar to butterfly matching game, and our crazy migration obstacle course! Create fun crafts that you can take home and enjoy year round.

The event culminates with the spectacular release of over 1,000 tagged monarch butterflies ready to begin their long trip. Marvel as these beauties take flight in a cloud of winged wonder all around you!


Activity Location Time
Crafts and Games Main Plaza, HerpAquarium, Oasis Field 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monarch Tagging Oasis Field 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Butterfly Talk Oasis Field Stage 2 p.m.
Monarch Release Oasis Field (following butterfly talk) 2:10 p.m.

Little girl with butterflies at Flutter Fest 2018

Photo Contest

Beginning on Saturday, September 14, submit your favorite pollinator photos on the Zoo’s Facebook and/or Instagram pages. Submissions must be received by Tuesday, September 17 at 11:59 p.m. The Zoo will select three winners from each platform and announce those winners on Wednesday, September 18. Winners will be contacted directly through their social media with further details and must be available at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 21 to release the tagged monarch butterflies at the Louisville Zoo’s Flutter Fest.

Online Auction

New for 2019: for the first time, the Louisville Zoo is offering you a chance to bid on the opportunity to be part of our annual monarch butterfly release. Winning bidders will join us on September 21 at 2 p.m. to release our tagged monarch butterflies for the great migration. Bidding is open now and will close on Thursday, September 19 at 11:55 p.m. Winners will be notified directly through the bidding site and will receive further instructions at that time.

Click here to start bidding!

Tree Giveaway

Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry is giving away 300 plants perfect for our pollinator pals.  Varieties include  pawpaw, red osier dogwoods, witchhazel and tulip poplars and are limited to one tree per Flutter Fest attendee while supplies last.

•  All Kentucky native trees
•  Trees are awarded on “first come” basis (while supplies last)
•  Trees are to be planted on private property and cannot be planted in street right of ways, parks or containers
•  Tree species fact sheets, planting and maintenance instructions will be provided



September 21, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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