The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival is BACK! Our sixth annual Festival unfolds with multiple events this year throughout October and Festival day occurring October 16 at Confluence Park.


You’ll learn about the monarch butterfly migration, the importance of the wildlife pollinators that make one out of every three bites of our food possible, and our special connections to Canada and Mexico.

Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival

Monarch butterflies move through Texas each fall on their way from Canada to the Mexican mountains. In this year of recovery, we’ll celebrate the spiritual aspect of the migration. For centuries, perhaps millennia, the butterflies’ generally return to Mexico in time for Day of the Dead in early November. Their arrival has been associated with the souls of loved ones who died and.

As a gesture of hope and healing, all butterflies tagged this season will carry the name of someone who died, as they take flight on their Forever Journey. Last year, TWO of our tagged butterflies tagged in honor of loved ones were recovered in Michoacán.

If you’d like us to tag a butterfly in honor of a friend, family member or loved one, please provide details here.

Special thanks to our friends at the San Antonio River Foundation and all our sponsors, supporters and volunteers for making this year’s Festival happen.

See you there!

Upcoming Events

Caterpillar Condos for Classrooms
September 11 – 13

A “caterpillar condo” will be awarded to 50 Title-1 classrooms throughout San Antonio on September 13 following a monarch teacher training on September 11 at Confluence Park. The condos–a pop-up cage, milkweed plant, monarch caterpillar, and tag for citizen science activity–will be accompanied by Blooming with Birdie’s hands-on, TEKS aligned, virtual curriculum. Students will learn about the monarch, metamorphosis, migration, and citizen science.

Second grade students will observe the life-cycle of the monarch’s metamorphosis as it morphs from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, then tag and release the butterfly to join the migration in October.

Sponsored by Valero

2020: A Metamorphosis

Remember 2020? We couldn’t gather in person last year so we partnered with Walley Films to make a brief movie chronicling the challenging year through the lens of the migration and the metamorphosis of the monarch butterfly.

The 23-minute film follows the monarchs from Mexico on their journey north to Canada and back in October. You’ll appreciate the parallels between the monarchs’ struggle to continue their life cycle and ours, as we all morph to the next stage.

Pollinator Cooking Demo Kicks off Pearl Pollinator Month
Saturday, October 2
10 AM

Join Festival manager Ashley Bird and the Culinary Institute of America for Live Fire Kitchen at Pearl, cooking demos that showcase ingredients made possible by pollinators–from your morning coffee to happy hour drinks.

Pearl Farmers Market food and menu items will be highlighted all month with a pollinator icon at select Pearl restaurants. An interactive educational experience in partnership with Texas A&M Forest Service Nature Challenge will also join the line up.

Sponsored by Pearl

Forever Journey: a Celebration of our Loved Ones

Each fall, monarch butterflies arrive in the high altitude forests west of Mexico City in time for Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos. We’ll honor this tradition by tagging hundreds of butterflies in honor of loved ones who died. The names of loved ones will be entered on the data sheets sent to citizen science project Monarch Watch with the hope that the butterflies are recovered in Mexico. Earlier this year TWO of the butterflies tagged at our 2021 Festival were recovered. Read their story here.

If you’d like us to tag a butterfly in someone’s name, please fill out this form to honor them and remember their names. It’s FREE. If your family member, friend or loved one’s tagged butterfly makes it to Mexico, is recovered, and reported, we’ll let you know.

Want to financially support our Forever Journey effort and the San Antonio River Foundation? You can do so here.

Thursday,  October 7
6 PM

Save the date for this hybrid event, A Conversation with Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, streamed and projected onto a large screen at Legacy Park.

Brendan Gibbons, environmental journalist for the San Antonio Report, will lead the conversation. Sustainability oriented programming will take place in the park for those who want to gather; food and drink will be available. More details and registration link coming soon.
Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival @CONFLUENCE PARK

Saturday,  October 16
10 AM – 2 PM

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

Festival day takes flight with a People for Pollinators Parade at 10 AM. We’ll be tagging monarch butterflies for citizen science in honor of loved ones all day long, kayaking the beautiful San Antonio River and offering myriad educational events and family fun by our education partners.

Please check back with us as details come into focus. And if you’d like to participate as a sponsor or education partner, please fill out this form.

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Cocktails and Culture at the Witte Museum
Wednesday, October 27
7 PM – 9 PM

Leave the kids at home and meet new friends or bring a date! Experience the after-hours thrill of cocktails and culture an evening exclusively for adults (21 and older). You’ll enjoy immersive conversation and innovative museum culture. The evening will showcase special museum exhibits and includes complimentary beverages. Food available for purchase from local food vendors.

Details coming soon!

Presented by the Witte Museum 

Join Us an Educational Partner or a Donor

Want to participate in the 2021 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival as an education partner? Please fill out this form, we’ll review and get back to you.

Interested in sponsoring the Festival? You’ll find details here.


San Antonio River Foundation
John & Florence Newman Foundation
San Antonio River Authority
San Antonio City of Gastronomy
San Antonio Water System
The Witte Museum
The Pearl


Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter * Trinity University * Witte Museum