2019 Butterfly Festival


Click here for a festival map!
Click here for a festival schedule & information sheet!

The Butterfly Festival will go on, rain or shine!

Come and join us for our 21st 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 27, 2019
Time: 9:00-5:00 p.m. (opening ceremonies 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 2019 design is centered around the grand prize winner from the 2018 butterfly art contest! The winner was Brianna Cisneros, an 8th grader at Danforth Junior High.

CLICK HERE to order your butterfly festival t-shirts!

Festival Wristbands

The best way for children to enjoy all that the Butterfly Festival has to offer is to purchase a festival wristband. The are 2 different wristbands available. 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. Crafts and activities can be purchased individually.


Complete Festival Wristband (bright purple color) - $45.00

  • visits to all activities (see list to right)
  • one visit to each of 10 craft stations (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 concessions.


Festival Merchandise in Stores

Our stores have lots of wonderful items! This year we are featuring: 2019 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 27th. 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 individually with Butterfly Bucks or cash.
  • Flight House
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Tent *NEW*
  • Obstacle Course
  • Maze/Catapult
  • Princess Tent
  • Pirate Tent
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce Houses
  • Train
  • Sketch-a-Picture
  • Dino Dig


Crafts are included in the purple wristband or they can be purchased individually with Butterfly Bucks or cash.
  • Coffee Filter Butterflies
  • Masks/Fans
  • Pom Pom Caterpillars
  • Butterfly Life Cycle
  • Yarn "God's Eye" Butterflies
  • Seed Crafts
  • Diffusing Butterfly Craft
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Paper Bag Butterflies
  • Handprint Fireflies

Additional Stations

These additonal areas can be paid for with Butterfly Bucks or cash.
  • Balloon Artist *NEW*
  • Concession Stands
  • Butterfly Stores

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)
  • Tai-chi Tent
  • 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