A young girl enjoys a visit from a live butterfly at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

The Dunwoody Nature Center plans to fill two tents with hundreds of live butterflies for the 22nd annual Butterfly Festival, set for Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Dunwoody Park. In addition to the butterfly tents, games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations will be located throughout the 22-acre campus.

Executive Director Alan Mothner said nearly 3,000 people attended last year and because of the festival’s popularity, he recommends visitors buy tickets early, which also saves money.

“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,” Mothner said. “The new playground area, tucked right into the forest, is sure to be a shady hit with festival goers.”

Cash-only concessions for food and drinks, including “larval lemonade,” will be available.

Tickets can be purchased at the Nature Center’s website at www.dunwoodynature.org/Butterfly-Festival.

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. As always, this year’s festival will also feature a special sneak preview and early admission beginning at 9 a.m. for Nature Center members only.