The Butterfly Festival returns to Dunwoody on Saturday, Aug. 16, with expanded hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the all new grounds of Dunwoody Park. This year’s festival will feature the Nature Center’s expanded deck space and performance stage area and the signature attraction of two enormous tents – each filled with hundreds of live butterflies.

In addition to the butterfly tents, guests will be entertained all day with games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations throughout the park. Guests can participate in a nature scavenger hunt and find hidden treasures within Dunwoody Park, get their faces painted like a butterfly, enjoy live music, a Birds of Prey show, and other entertainment all day long. Last year, nearly 3,000 people attended the festival, which celebrated its 20th year of bringing the butterflies to Dunwoody. On-site concessions will ensure guests stay well-fed and the festival’s signature “larval lemonade” along with other ice cold treats will keep everyone happy and cool during the day (concessions are cash only).

Because of the popularity of the festival, it is highly recommended for visitors to pre-purchase timed entry admission to the butterfly tents beginning July 1 via the Nature Center’s website at Pre-purchasing timed entry tickets is the only way to guarantee a convenient time for butterfly tent entry, and guests will save on their tickets in the process (Pre-purchase admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12, and free to children ages 3 and under; and $10 for adults and $5 for children the day of the festival). This year, capacity for the butterfly tents is limited and once all of the time slots for the tents are allotted, admission will be for the festival grounds only.

Off-site shuttle service will be regularly available throughout the day and staggered, timed entry to the butterfly tent will keep lines moving.