Dade City is getting ready for its first Monarch Butterfly Festival.
The Oct. 12 event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate Dade City’s induction as a Monarch City USA. The designation refers to the city’s efforts in maintaining the survival of monarch butterflies.
Vendors will offer food and items for sale, including pottery, birdbaths, metal art and jewelry, to name just a few of the options.
The day also includes educational presentations on the monarch butterflies. There will be butterflies there, too, of course, as well as their eggs and caterpillars.
Plants will be on sale, too, including milkweed – a nutritional source for monarch butterflies.
There will be a kids’ area where butterfly-themed crafts can be designed and photos can be taken with an oversized butterfly.
Visitors will be able to take a stroll and view wildlife, and also can purchase tickets for a chance to win a hand-crafted potting bench. Tickets will sell for $2 each, or six for $10.
Admission and parking are free.
The function will be held at Hibiscus Park at Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue in Dade City. It is being presented by the Dade City Garden Club and the Dade City Youth Council.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Out of Our Hands Gallery, 14245 Seventh St. in Dade City or on the day of the event.
What: Dade City Monarch Butterfly Festival
Where: Hibiscus Park, Seventh Street and Bougainvillea Avenue in Dade City
When: Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: Dade City will celebrate its induction as a Monarch City USA, which means it aims to help maintain the survival of monarch butterflies. Educational presentations and plant sales will be available, along with activities for kids.
Published October 2, 2019