Design with a butterfly on it for Monarch Festival.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, and help celebrate the beautiful Monarch Butterfly!

The fourth annual Monarch Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at a new location: the Iowa City Municipal Airport, Hangar L72,1801 Riverside Drive. The event is being held as part of the Iowa City Optimist Club's Annual Pancake Breakfast.

All are invited to attend the free festival where you can view Monarchs in various lifecycles, along with a collection of bees and other pollinators.

The event will feature a variety of craft activities, a photo booth, snacks, a variety of nature and nonprofit exhibits, the Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile, as well as several handouts and free gifts. 

Dr. Steve Hendricks, Professor Emeritus in Biology at the University of Iowa and an expert in pollination ecology, will also be at the event to talk about pollinators.

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

Date of publication

Friday, July 26, 2019