Monarch Butterfly Festival

Saturday, August 31, 2019   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Monarch Butterfly Festival features a room full of flying Monarchs where visitors can see and feed them while learning more about Monarchs. The Monarch Butterfly Festival has an adults only companion event the night before, Monarchs and Margaritas, which you can register for here.

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

Register for FestivalRegister for Monarchs and Margaritas

Walk into a room filled with live butterflies and flowers as part of Audubon’s effort to raise and release dozens of Monarchs each year. Explore all the parts of the life cycle, do crafts, go on hikes, and use a net to catch your own butterflies outside.

Audubon releases the butterflies at 4:00 p.m. near the garden. You can also visit the native plant sale, buy butterfly temporary tattoos, enter the basket raffle, purchase food provided by the 3 C’s catering truck, and take a nature hike.

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.

2019 Monarch Butterfly Festival Sponsors

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

Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric

I-86 Auto Repair

Jamestown Kitchen and Bath

JRSC Digital


Ashville General Store

Courier Capital

Hollyloft Ski and Bike

MW Graphics

Pat and Mark Evans


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

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