Dunwoody's favorite summer festival is back, and we have butterflies just thinking about it. The 26th Annual Butterfly Festival will make its way to the Dunwoody Nature Center on Saturday, August 17, and if you call yourself a nature lover, then you will too. Not only will you have the chance to hand feed butterflies, but you'll also get to see birds, lizards, and who knows what else! Come rain, come shine, come to Dunwoody for this fun family festival just outside Atlanta.
Tickets, Tents, and Times
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be games, crafts, live music, concession stands, a magic show - oh, and the butterflies! Three enormous tents will be on site - each filled with butterflies and plants for them to feed on. Visitors are given foam brushes with a sugary substance like Gatorade to attract the butterflies. Groups of 20 people are allowed into the tents for seven to 10 minutes at a time. Buying tickets ahead of time is the ONLY way to guarantee tent entry at a time that is convenient for you. Those who purchase their tickets the day of will have access on a first-come, first-serve basis (and pay a higher ticket price) until capacity is reached. All other festival activities will be available all day long. Early bird tickets (available here while they last) are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-12. Ages 3 and under are always free! Please note that capacity for the butterfly tents is limited and once all of the entry times for the tents are allotted, admission will be for the festival grounds only. Get your tickets ahead of time so you don't miss out on this highly-anticipated experience.
Beyond the Butterflies
While butterflies are the main attraction, there will be plenty more fun things going on at the festival. There will be two opportunities to catch a Birds of Prey show at the main stage in addition to a live animal encounter in the meadow. Observe, marvel, and even touch various creatures that you typically don't get to see up close and personal! On-site concession stands will ensure guests are well-fed, and the festival's signature "larval lemonade," along with other ice cold treats, will keep everyone happy and cool throughout this fun-filled day. Guests can also enjoy nature-based crafts, a live performance by the Nature Center's Battle of the Bands winner, fun with Bubbleman, and a hula performance! It's the perfect late summer festival - or maybe just the perfect festival.
Off-site parking and shuttle service will be regularly available throughout the day to bring guests to the park. Guests may park for free at the North Atlanta Church of Christ on Roberts Drive. There will be NO parking at the nature center, except for handicap access. Plan ahead at least 30 minutes early to allow yourself time to get parked, grab a shuttle, and get your hand stamped prior to your tent entry. There will be plenty of time to take in everything else the festival has to offer before and after your butterfly encounter!
The best photos always come from this event, so you absolutely must take some and share them with us! You might even be able to capture a coveted butterfly selfie. Tag your photos with #DiscoverDunwoody and we'll show them some extra love on our social media! Check out these great photos from last year's event:
Come see why the Butterfly Festival continues to make hearts flutter every year for over two decades. It's one of many things on the list of things to do here in Dunwoody. You’d better fly if you want tickets and a great tent time. They sell out faster than a caterpillar’s transformation to a butterfly.