Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, and help us celebrate the Monarch Butterfly!

The third annual Monarch Festival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at a new location, Terry Trueblood Park Lodge, 579 McCollister Blvd. There is no fee to attend.

All are invited to view caterpillars, chrysalis and beautiful, orange adult Monarchs, as well as a variety of nature and nonprofit exhibits. Dr. Donald Lewis, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Iowa State University Department of Entomology, will be there to answer questions and offer his expertise. 

Kids can enjoy crafts, face painting, and a special snack that represents the butterfly's lifecycle. Snap a pic in the photo booth dressed as a Monarch or caterpillar, and hop on the Iowa City Bookmobile to browse monarch themed books. Milkweed seeds will also be available for free to participants; first come, first served.

In advance of the festival, attend Monarchs and More, a conversation with Nathan Brockman, Curator of the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at the Iowa City Public Library Meeting, Room A, 123 S. Linn St.  

The Monarch Festival is part of Iowa City’s commitment to creating an environment that allows Monarchs to thrive and reproduce in our community. The population of this unique, vibrant butterfly has declined by more than 90 percent in the past two decades.

Iowa City has taken several steps to help support the Monarch. To learn more about the initiative and how you can help, visit

RSVP to let your friends know you'll be there by visiting the Iowa City Monarch Festival Facebook event page. Watch the video below to learn more about the event. 

Iowa City Monarch Festival flyer

Date of publication

Thursday, August 09, 2018