14th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival

August 14, 2021
Kids with face paint at Butterfly Festival © K Higgins Photography
© K Higgins Photography

Celebrate these amazing insects with a day of educational fun for all ages at Broad Meadow Brook, where butterflies fly free in their natural habitats!

Bring the family to the sanctuary on Saturday, August 14, any time between 12:00-4:00 pm, to enjoy the fun at the 14th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival.

→ Come in costume and get a prize! ←

Monarch on Joe Pye Weed © Janice Schlickman

Featured Activities

  • Naturalist-led walks & workshops
  • Up-close encounters with live caterpillars
  • Butterfly art
  • Children's activities
  • Tours of our butterfly garden
  • Pollinator-friendly plant sales (like milkweed for Monarchs)
  • and much more!

Plus, on the day of the event, festival-goers can join Mass Audubon for half price!


Member $5* • Nonmembers $6
Free for ages 2 & under

Save time by registering online! You can also register by calling 508-753-6087.

Register Online >

*Includes members of Mass Audubon and/or Mass Butterfly Club

Festival Sponsorship

This festival routinely attracts over 400 people to celebrate butterflies at the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals can support this popular annual event by becoming a sponsor! 

  • Monarch ($1,000+) 
  • Spicebush Swallowtail ($500+) 
  • Harris's Checkerspot ($250+) 
  • Great Spangled Fritillary ($100+)

All sponsorship packages include one free family pass for every $100 donated, recognition at the festival, and a listing in press releases and on our website.

 To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Martha Gach at 508-753-6087 x5022 or by email.

2021 Sponsors

Spicebush Swallowtail