We look forward to seeing you at all of our scheduled events and activities!

The schedule of events is complete, and we do not expect any changes at this time.  

All registrants are strongly encouraged to attend the Welcome Reception, where important information and any last-minute changes will be announced.

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the National Butterfly Center will open at 7:30 a.m. for festival/meeting registrants. It is not uncommon for registrants who wish to alter their trip choice on Monday or Tuesday, and this must be done with Angie, in person, that morning, based upon space availability, in order for trip leaders to have accurate rosters.

Vans will be labeled with trip names and staged in the front parking lot. Participants must pick up their lunches in the Chrysalis Visitor’s Pavilion and load it on their van. Field trips depart promptly at their appointed time, so participants are advised to arrive at the National Butterfly Center in time to retrieve lunch, find their van, check-in with their trip leader and load gear without causing delay.  

Please arrive early and allow time to receive special instructions or directions from your trip leader, as each will determine the day's itinerary for their trip.


Saturday - Nov. 4
Monarch 5K Fun Run
COMMUNITY DAY: Free fun for everyone!
8:00 a.m.-Finish
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Registration & Packet Pick Up at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Mission, Texas
12:00-6:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception & Event Orientation
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sunday - Nov. 5
 Sunday Trips Trip Leader Trip Leader Departs NBC Arrives Back
Sabal & Sams Martin Reid Steve Moore 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Far West Linda Cooper Mike Rickard 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Bryant Butterflies John Yochum Joseph Connors 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Coastal Specialties Dan Jones Barbara Volkle 8:00 am 4:00 pm
The Cat Course Sam Jaffe Cat Traylor 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Wonders of Weslaco Chris Balboni Ginny Musgrave 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Military Highway Javi Gonzalez Alex Meza 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Border Buttermilk’ Happy Hour    5:00 pm 5:30 pm
‘Lep & Learn’ Dinner at the NBC
5:30 pm 
7:00 pm
Blacklight the Back Gardens    7:00 pm 8:00 pm
Monday - Nov. 6
Monday Trips Trip Leader Trip Leader Departs NBC Arrive Back
Riverboat Ride & Seek Linda Cooper Chris Balboni 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Far West Luciano Guerra Alex Meza 8:00 am 4:00 pm
Cielo Escondido Mike Rickard/Ginny Musgrave John Rosford 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Butterfly Beltway Martin Reid Cat Traylor 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Sal de Rey Javi Gonzalez Steve Moore 9:00 am 4:00 pm
 Wonders of Weslaco Dan Jones Joseph Connors 9:00 am 4:00 pm 
Keynote Speaker's Banquet at the NBC    6:00 pm 8:30 pm
Tuesday - Nov. 7
Tuesday Trips Trip Leader Trip Leader Departs NBC Arrive Back
Butterfly Beltway John Rosford Barbara Volkle 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Riverboat Ride & Seek Martin Reid Sam Jaffe 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Into The Wild Cat Traylor Stephanie Lopez 8:00 am 4:00 pm
King Family Compound Linda Cooper Steve Moore 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Military Highway John Yochum Joseph Connors 9:00 am 4:00 pm


NBC = National Butterfly Center


Please check regularly for updates related to excursions, speakers and special activities.  All scheduled tour sites are subject to change based upon pre-festival scouting. The sale of limited space shall occur on a 'first come, first served' basis.  If you have questions about particular trips, regarding rigorous terrain, obstacles or hazards, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and allow up to 24 hours for a detailed response. 

  • Cancellations and Refunds: We know you don't want you to miss the 22nd Annual Texas Butterfly Festival, but if you must cancel, call 956.583.5400, during regular business hours, Monday - Friday. Refunds, less a $30 fee, will be issued up until 4PM, Friday, September 29th. Cancellations up until 4PM, Friday, October 13, will be issued at 50%.  Regretfully, cancellations and no-shows will not be refunded after this. 
  • Substitutions: The event organizers reserve the right to cancel any festival or meeting activity or make qualified substitutions. If a cancellation is necessary, a full refund will be issued, unless otherwise noted.


We look forward to seeing you!

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Texas Butterfly Festival
3333 Butterfly Park Drive
Mission, TX 78572
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What will appear this year?!