California Butterfly Festivals

Mary McGee gets an up-close look at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park annual event 

California Butterflies

SAN DIEGO: Spring Safari (formerly Butterfly Jungle) at Safari Park March 19-May 8, 2022
The Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California
Thousands of butterflies dazzle, flit and flutter as visitors walk through the Safari Park's Hidden Jungle aviary at this North San Diego County attraction, a must-see during visits to Southern California. Butterfly species typically come from Africa, Asia, Central and South America with names such as zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. In addition to exotic butterflies, see favorites such as the monarch, giant swallowtail and blue morpho. New this year: Butterfly Jungle is a paid ticketed reservation at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

MARIPOSA: Butterfly Festival and Parade April 22-24, 2022
Mariposa means butterfly and this annual festival is a fitting tribute to the winged creatures that dot and grace the landscape in the Sierra Nevada foothills each spring.

FREMONT: Native Plant and Butterfly Gardening February 12, 2022

PACIFIC GROVE: Butterfly Town, USA features Monarch Grove Sanctuary, butterfly sanctuary and wintering stop for Monarchs October through February.
To be announced: Butterfly Parade and Bazaar
The Butterfly Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Robert H. Down School on Pine Avenue. It goes to Fountain Avenue to Lighthouse Avenue, up 17th Street and concludes on Pine Avenue by returning to the school. A Butterfly Bazaar takes place after the parade.

PISMO BEACH: Western Monarch Butterfly Recognition Day February 2, 2019

VISTA: Butterfly Farms 
3012 Oleander Avenue
Vista, CA 92081  
The Butterfly Farms Vivarium is open Daily to the public from April 1st to November 15th from 10 until 3:00 pm. Luca Micaela Nursery is open from November 1st to 15th, daily from 10:00am to 3:00pm and 10:00am to 3:00pm December to March, weather permitting, for your pollinator needs. Call to request different times Vivarium visits are available during these hours and a $6 admission donation per person is requested.

SANTA CRUZ: Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve-A Welcoming Winter Home mid-October to mid-February.
The park's Monarch Grove provides a temporary home for up to 100,000 Monarchs. From late fall into winter, the Monarchs form a "city in the trees." The area's mild seaside climate and eucalyptus grove provide a safe place for monarchs to roost until spring. The Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges has been declared a Natural Preserve, thus protecting these butterflies and their winter habitat from human encroachment or harm. It is the only State Monarch Preserve in California.

EL CAJON: Butterfly Experiences May-June 2022
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019
Dress up as a caterpillar or your favorite winged pollinator - bee, butterfly, bat or beetle at the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion. Special Butterfly Encounters with Ms. Smarty-Plants are May 1, 2022 & June 5, 2022 at 11 a.m. The whole family can release a butterfly with our Family Butterfly Bundle to continue your nature experience with free garden entry for a full year and a native milkweed plant to feed monarch caterpillars from your home!

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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