Flying Colors Butterfly Festival July 13-14th


The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! The Butterfly Festival will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10am – 3pm and Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 12pm – 5pm.

The cost is $12 General Public/$8 CNC Members and is a very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center! CNC Members can purchase their tickets in advance beginning July 1 at the Visitor Services Desk


Live Butterfly Releases—Thrill to the release of live butterflies on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday Release Times: 11:00am and 1:30pm

Sunday Release Times: 1:30 and 3:30pm

Butterfly Encounter – Explore the live butterfly exhibit in a 20×20 walk-through exhibit where you will have contact with more than 200 free-flying butterflies!


Butterfly Crafts and Face Painting – Crafts for everyone! Kids can get their faces painted with beautiful butterflies and creepy caterpillars!

Butterfly Sidewalk Art – Butterflies provide the perfect inspiration for our on-going art project. Create a “butterfly path” from the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion all the way to the “fairy village!”

Fairy House Construction – Fairies are among us. Stop by the free play area and build a fairy house or gnome home during the Butterfly Festival. Fairy houses and gnome homes are made from nature objects for real and imaginary creatures. Nature materials provided; bring your imagination.

Butterfly and Caterpillar Costume Parade – Come with your very best butterfly wings or your best caterpillar colors on and join us for our butterfly parade at the end of festival each day with grand marshal Ms. Chrysalis!


Butterfly Plant Sale – Find the perfect host plants and nectar plants to take home to your garden to attract butterflies to your backyard! CNC Horticulture volunteers will be on-hand at the plant sale and in the butterfly garden to answer your questions about how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your yard!

Calling All Butterfly Detectives – Get outside in your backyard and see what you can find! Download the Butterfly Observation Form here and bring to the Nature Exchange at CNC during the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival to receive a surprise from the Nature Exchange!


Live Entertainment

Saturday: Cedar Hill Bluegrass Band performances at 11:30am and 2pm

Sunday: Todd Key and the Flying Debris show performances at 2:15pm and 4pm

Food for the Family – Enjoy ice cream from Brusters while keeping cool (a portion of all the proceeds from the sale of ice creams comes back to CNC!) They will also have food trucks on hand so you can spend the day at CNC (vegetarian options available). Feel free to bring in your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds (no glass or alcohol please)

Participating Food Trucks: Shane’s Rib Shack and The Pup Truck

The Nature Exchange will be full of fun for the festival(because of the busy nature of the festival, we won’t be allowing trades to come in but if you have existing points to trade with, our Nature Exchange naturalists can help!) Stop by to view our insect and butterfly collections, jump in our butterfly changing room, color and insect, and MORE!

Take a turn in the Butterfly and Insect Changing room to change from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly.

Visit their insect collection and learn fun insect facts!


Please Carpool! There is limited parking in the CNC parking lot. There will also be free shuttle bus service available from St. Francis School near the corner of Willeo/Azalea and Highway 120.

Please note that there is not an ATM on site. Cash may be needed for some vendors including food

Please note that pets are not allowed on the CNC grounds.

Questions? Contact or 770-992-2055 ext. 236.

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