September 25 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pmFree
Celebrate butterflies and other pollinators with a day of family fun and educational activities during the annual Flutterby Festival! Completed in 2020, the 10,000-square-foot Native Pollinator Garden, located in the Village Arboretum, includes native flowering perennials, pollinator host plants, walkways and the Pollinator Pavilion. The event features nature-based educational and fun demonstrations and programs. Learning activities include presentations on the lifecycle, migration, and plight of the monarch butterfly. Live caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies offer an understanding of the monarch butterfly’s transformation. The Magical Monarch Butterfly Tent provides an opportunity to interact and feed hundreds of newly-emerged monarch butterflies. Later, visitors may tag and release adult monarch butterflies in time for the insect’s migration to Mexico. Enjoy live music provided by musicians from the Carolina Philharmonic. Refreshments are available for purchase from food trucks. The Flutterby Festival is family-friendly and free. Dogs must be leashed and are not permitted in the exhibit tents or tagging area.