The fifth annual Monarch Festival will be held virtually this August. By moving from a one-day event to a four-day online series, both children and adults will have more opportunities to learn about the beautiful monarch butterfly. 

This year's Monarch Festival will feature new material, videos, lessons, and activities dedicated to the Danaus plexippus (the scientific name for Monarch butterfly) and how Iowa City residents can help support the butterfly and boost its declining population.

The festival will also have a drive-thru, no contact pick-up for free monarch-related craft projects for children. Registration for these kits will be posted closer to the festival. 

Videos and activities will be shared on City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Instagram) and at on the first four Sundays of August: Aug. 2, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, Aug. 23. 

Content for the festival will focus on activities for children, information for adults, and a video series showing the monarch life cycle that will educate all ages.

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

Monday, July 06, 2020