2018 Butterfly Festival

The Butterfly Festival will go on, rain or shine!

Come and join us for our 20th annual Butterfly Festival! Over 3800 butterflies will be released throughout the day during this amazing festival that starts with a moving opening ceremony at the Veterans Memorial that includes an initial butterfly release to honor those who have lost their lives in the past year. After that the festival opens up and attendees can enjoy crafts, games, bounce houses, wonderful food, an exotic butterfly flight house and much more!


Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00-5:00 p.m. (opening ceremonies from 9-10 a.m.)
Cost: There is no charge for admission but donations are greatly appreciated as this is one of our biggest fundraisers for the year! Donation boxes are available at the entrance and around the festival.

Festival T-shirts & Artist of the Year


Our limited edition festival t-shirts are always a hit! The 2018 design is centered around the grand prize winner from the 2017 butterfly art contest! The winner was Sterling Moore, a 9th grader at Frisco High School.

Festival Wristbands

There are 2 different festival wristbands available for the Butterfly Festival. It is best to pre-order so that you are guaranteed a tote bag/backpack and the desired size of t-shirt as these quantities are limited.


Complete Festival Wristband (bright purple color) - $45.00

  • visits to all activities (see list to right)
  • one visit to each craft station (see list to right)
  • a children's t-shirt
  • a small butterfly box with a live butterfly
  • a colorful tote bag/backpack
**Quantities of shirts, boxes and bags are limited.

Activity Wristband (bright green color) - $25.00

  • visits to all activities (see list to right)

Important Day-of Information



The Butterfly Festival always goes on, rain or shine! The butterflies will fly no matter the weather!


Opening Times & Butterfly Releases

All activities, crafts, concessions, stores and exhibits open at 10:00 a.m., after opening ceremonies. Butterflies are released every 30 minutes throughout the day beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Concessions Available

The Butterfly Festival is full of tasty concession including: BBQ, hot dogs, sausage wraps, frito pie, nachos, baked potatoes, chips, popcorn, drinks, and snow cones.


Festival Merchandise in Stores

Our stores have lots of wonderful items! This year we are featuring: 2018 festival t-shirts, live butterflies in individual boxes, colorful butterfly wings/wands, butterfly tiaras, pirate hats & swords.


Will Call for Online Purchases

All items ordered online will be available for pickup at a will-call area near the entrance of the Butterfly Festival on April 21st. In the unlikely event you miss the festival, your t-shirt and tote bag may be picked up at the EmilyAnn office in the weeks following the festival.


Alcohol, Dogs, and Firearms

Alcohol, pets, and firearms are NOT allowed on the EmilyAnn grounds. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. Service animals are permitted.



All parking for the Butterfly Festival is at Wimberley High School or the Market Days parking lots. There are shuttles that will run throughout the day from those lots straight to the festival. In addition, there is an ADA-approved walkway directly from the High School to the festival grounds. Onsite parking will be limited to vehicles with a handicapped sticker or a special permit issued by the EmilyAnn Theatre.


Payment Types Accepted

Cash is accepted at all stations within the festival. This includes all of the stores, concessions, activities and crafts.

If you need to use a credit card, you will need to purchase Butterfly Bucks. These are used as cash/tickets at all stations. They are available in $10 denominations. Unused Butterfly Bucks convert to a donation to the EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We accept all major credit cards except American Express.

Butterfly Bucks will be sold at the entrance to the festival as well as at an auxillary station near the main concession stand.




Activities are included in both wristbands or they can be purchased with Butterfly Bucks.
  • flight house
  • obstacle course
  • maze/catapult
  • princess tent
  • pirate tent
  • face painting
  • bounce houses
  • train
  • sketch-a-picture
  • dino dig *NEW*


Crafts are included in the purple wristband or they can be purchased with Butterfly Bucks.
  • lollipop flowers & bug keyrings
  • bug magnets
  • sketch butterfly ornaments
  • diffusing butterfly craft
  • hair accessories/chalk
  • masks
  • cookie decorating
  • coffee filter butterflies
  • butterfly jewelry
  • seed crafts

Free Stations to Visit

There are free stations throughout the festival. This list is subject to change.
  • Save the Monarch project
  • butterfly releases
  • miniature horses
  • Fancy Feather chickens
  • Back Into Nature (snakes/frogs)
  • educational talks
  • fish viewing
  • Healthy Living Fair
  • Lions Club vision screening
  • Master Naturalist station
  • musical garden
  • chess/checker board
  • Cobb's Corral roping area
  • exhibitors/vendors

Forms/Dates for Teachers

Form for Cage Sponsors