The Texas Butterfly Ranch is proud to present the 2018 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival, three fantastic days of science, education, art and celebration.

The Festival takes place during peak Monarch migration season in San Antonio, October 19 -21, when migrating monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains funnel through Texas on their way to Mexico to roost for the winter.

It’s a story of Butterflies without Borders, and one we celebrate.

We extend special thanks to our Keystone Sponsors, The PearlHEBSan Antonio River Authority, the John and Florence Newman Foundation and the Rivard Report for their support in making the third annual Festival possible. Gracias!

The schedule below will continue to evolve, so check back for updates as we continue to add events and sponsors to the weekend.  Curious about sponsorship or partnering? Send us a message. Here’s a recap of last year’s Festival.


Friday, October 19 

BUTTERFLIES WITHOUT BORDERS FORUM: the Monarch Migration and our Changing Climate

11:30 – 1:30 PM, Pearl Stable 
Tickets on sale here.

Join us for a lively and timely discussion with a broad range of panelists. We’ll explore the intersections and consequences of politics and pollinators, climate change and border walls, native plants and pesticides. Our panel:

Moderated by award-winning journalist and cofounder of the Rivard Report, Robert Rivard.

For more information and speaker bios, read this post. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available here.

Underwritten by Trinity University 

Don’t miss the high noon butterfly release at Pearl Park. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Pearl Park. Photo by Matt Buikema


HOLY MEZCAL, BATMAN! Bats, booze and beautiful photography at Confluence Park

Did you know that bats pollinate agave, which makes our tequila and mezcal possible? Yep.

Our friends at the Commission on National Biodiversity in Mexico will share spectacular photographs of migratory pollinators like bats, birds and butterflies in an indoor/outdoor art show that will highlight the amazing creatures that make one of every three bites of our food possible. Fran Hutchins of Bat Conservation International will offer a bat talk and we’ll celebrate these ecosystem workers with sips of Mezcal. CHEERS!

Confluence Park
6 – 7:30 PM

Underwritten by the Commission on National Biodiversity of Mexico and San Antonio River Authority 

Saturday, October 20

TEACHER WORKSHOP: The San Antonio River: A Crucial Pollinator Pitstop
Dr. Karen Oberhauser, founder of Monarch Joint Venture and Director of the Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin

Confluence Park
9 AM – 12 PM

FREE to teachers, but space will be limited.
SAVE THE DATE! Registration forthcoming.

Karen Oberhauser will lead a teacher training workshop that will teach educators how to use monarchs in the classroom. Oberhauser, one of the top monarch butterfly scientists in the country, is founder of Monarch Joint Venture, one the premier monarch butterfly and pollinator conservation organizations in the country.

Underwritten by the San Antonio River Authority  and the Texas Butterfly Ranch

Teachers learn to tag Monarchs. Photo by San Antonio River Authority

Sunday, October 21

The Pearl 
10:00 AM – 2 PM FREE

Get your wings on for our third annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival!

It takes flight at the Pearl with a People for Pollinators Parade, monarch butterfly tagging demos, educational booths and activities for the whole family. The highlight: a high noon butterfly release at Pearl Park. Five of the hundreds of butterflies tagged at our Festival last year made the successful trek to Mexico and were recovered on the forest floor there in March of 2018.

Don’t miss this special day of celebration and citizen science that unfolds during peak monarch butterfly migration season in our very own “Texas Funnel.”

Check back here for schedule of events and activities.


2017 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival

Special thanks to our sponsors!