California Butterfly Festivals

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California Butterflies

MARIPOSA: Butterfly Festival and Parade May 3-5, 2019
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.

CLAREMONT: Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
rsabg.org
January 19, 2019 Garden Walking Club 10:00am Pollinator Gardens: Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds
April 20, 2019 Butterfly Pavilion Opening - The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home during the spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food and nectar.
June 7, 2019, June 14, 2019, June 21, 2019 and June 28, 2019 Butterflies & Brews - More details coming soon! Keep an eye on rsabg.org for information!
Walk among and learn about native butterflies and the California native plants that they depend on for food.. The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars. Adopt-a-Pollinator Program You can help support the Garden, our Butterfly Pavilion, and our conservation, education, and research programs by adopting a pollinator at one of three levels: Sphinx Moth, Monarch Butterfly, and Anna's Hummingbird.

FREMONT: Planting Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies February 2, 2019, 1:30-2 p.m. Ardenwood Historic Farm Park, Free, Ardenwood admission fee applies. Many gardeners want to help monarchs by planting milkweed. But did you know some types may do more harm than good? Drop by the greenhouse for some tips on planting a monarch-friendly garden. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required.  For information, call (510) 544-2797. ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood/

FREMONT: Farewell to the Monarchs February 3, 2019, 1-3 p.m. Ardenwood Historic Farm Park, Free.Discover what life is like for monarch butterflies as they begin their journey home. Meet at the granary for a slide presentation, learn what you can do to help protect them, and make your own monarch butterfly craft. This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Disabled accessible. Ardenwood admission fee applies. For information, call (510) 544-2797.  ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood/

PACIFIC GROVE: Butterfly Parade and Bazaar October 6, 2018, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. cityofpacificgrove.org
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 daily April through November, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
3012 Oleander Avenue
Vista, CA 92081  
$5/person, children age 2 and under free, butterflyfarms.org
 Individuals and families are welcome to visit Butterfly Farms daily April through November, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Docents are available to answer questions and give guidance.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY: Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Park February 2, 2019

SANTA CRUZ: Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve-A Welcoming Winter Home. 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. parks.ca.gov

No event listed as of Jan.7, 2019: EL CAJON: Butterfly Festival April 28, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. thegarden.org
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019 619-660-0614
Dress up as a caterpillar or your favorite winged pollinator bee, butterfly, bat or beetle. Nearly 5,000 attended the Butterfly Festival last year in the most well-attended public event in the history of The Garden. Many wanted to see the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion.

No event listed as of Jan.7, 2019: SAN DIEGO: Butterfly Jungle at Safari Park March 10-April 15, 2018
The Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, Califo
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760-747-8702, sdzsafaripark.org/butterflyjungle
Mary McGee gets an up-close look at some butterflies at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park annual Butterfly Jungle, an annual event held each spring at the zoo park near Escondido. 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. Butterfly Jungle is included with admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 

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