LouisvilleKY’s Butterflies n’ Blooms Culminates With Flutter Fest and Release of 1,000 Monarch Butterflies from Zoo


Louisville, KY., – Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest on Sept. 23 brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies.

Activities will include:

  • Craft stations. Visit craft stations like buggy headbands, tie-dye butterflies and more!
  • Education stations. View specimen boxes and more buggy artifacts.
  • Butterfly tagging. Enjoy bonding time with the family while supporting wildlife when you help tag monarch butterflies. Tagging monarchs helps to track their migration and monitor their population.Tagging is first come, first served.
  • Pollinator parades. Join the fun! Kids can wear their own butterfly wings and be part of a special pollinator parade. If you don’t have your own wings, our gift shop will also have butterfly wings available for purchase. The parades will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Storytime plus meet and greet with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Hear the beloved tale of a particularly hungry caterpillar brought to life during our special story time. Stick around after the story to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar in person.
  • Butterfly talks and release. Starting at 2 p.m., butterfly expert Blair Leano-Helvey will give a talk on the importance of pollinators like monarchs. Then, at approximately 2:15 p.m., we will begin the release of over 1,000 monarch butterflies.

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10:30 – 1:30 p.m.            Tagging of butterflies (until all 1000 butterflies are tagged)

11 a.m.                              Pollinator parade #1

1:30 p.m.                          Pollinator parade #2

2 p.m.                                Butterfly release talk

2:15p.m.                           Butterfly release


There will be special plant sales as well as insect related gifts available for purchase from our Butterfly partner, Idlewild Butterfly Farm.




The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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