The Texas Butterfly Ranch was proud to present the
seventh annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival
throughout October of 2022, consummating at Brackenridge Park on October 8.
The Festival takes place during peak monarch migration season in San Antonio, when migrating monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains funnel through Texas on their way to Mexico to roost for the winter.
San Antonio sits in the heart of this migratory flyway and claims status as the nation’s first Monarch Butterfly Champion City by the National Wildlife Federation. The Alamo City also ranks as a Bird City, USA, and a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy–designations we celebrate each October with our Festival.
Most events were FREE. We use the monarch butterfly migration to celebrate the importance of wildlife pollinators and their role in making one out of every three bites of our food possible. We also tag butterflies in honor of loved ones’ who died, weaving the insects’ spiritual dimension into the festivities through our Forever Journey campaign. The insects typically arrive in the high altitude mountains west of Mexico City by Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos.
Here’s what transpired.