Monarch Butterfly Festival

Saturday, August 29, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sensory Friendly Festival

11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly Festival

There may be some changes to this year’s festival to comply with COVID-19 regulations. Please be considerate of the health of the community while attending this event.


If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please call Audubon for more information at (716) 569-2345 or check the sponsor page.

Register for FestivalRegister for Monarchs and Margaritas

Discover the life and times of the Monarch Butterfly by walking into a room filled with free-flying butterflies, holding caterpillars, and watching citizen scientists tag butterflies before they travel to Mexico. Butterflies will be released at 6:00 p.m.

Audubon staff has been working with Warren-based HEROES to turn the first hour and a half of the festival into a sensory friendly event with a calming area, as well as quieter, less crowded space. This quieter time at the festival will be reserved for those on the autism spectrum or who have other special needs so that they can enjoy and learn from the butterflies.

The event will also last longer into the evening, providing more time for people to visit and enjoy everything the festival has to offer. There will be crafts, nature walks, Monarch speakers, food, interpretive trails, and more throughout the day.

Monarch Butterfly fun patches are available to purchase in the Blue Heron Gift Shop for an additional $3. They are great for scouts and others looking for an additional activity at the event. They also make great souvenirs for this event.

Admission$8 aged 16 -adults; $6 Nature Center Members and Children aged 3-15;  Free ages 2 and under

Schedule of events: 4:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly Release

Food and drink: 3 C’s will have their food truck at the Nature Center








Monarchs and Margaritas

Friday, August 30, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Join ACNC for a sneak peak at the Monarchs, some great food, margaritas, and activities. The day before the Monarch Butterfly Festival, the Nature Center is a flurry of motion as preparations get underway. The multipurpose room gets a makeover as it becomes a butterfly house full of flowers and Monarch Butterflies. Join ACNC for this exclusive, adults-only preview before the big festival.

Monarchs need help. Throughout the last decade, Monarch populations have been decimated by habitat loss, deforestation, and drought. Through a fun game, informational presentations, and the opportunity to view all stages of the Monarch life cycle up close you will learn more about their plight and how you can help.

Bring your friends and enjoy drinks and south-of-the-border-themed appetizers as well as the butterflies and the fun. Each admission includes two drink tickets. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Please reserve early, admission is limited.

Special Information: For extra drinks and game activities, you may want to bring cash.

Admission: $30 prepaid; $35 at the door. Reservations required by August 27, 2019.

2020 Monarch Butterfly Festival Sponsors

Click here for more information on sponsoring the Monarch Butterfly Festivals.


An additional Thank you to Audubon’s Community Partners:

Bob and Kathy Frucella

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund
Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Boocha Family
Bush Industries, Inc.
Community Foundation of Warren County
Hal and Mary Conarro

Defrees Family Memorial Fund
Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corp.

Univera Healthcare




Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

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Thank you, Community Partners

Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.

Bob and Kathy Frucella