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Flutter Into Fall at Grapevine’s 24th Annual Butterfly Flutter

Flutter into fall on Saturday, October 16 for the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, presented by Cook Children’s Healthcare System. This event celebrates the migration of the iconic North American monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine.

Monarch butterflies have often been considered messengers of inspiration, beauty and the power to transform. Participate in a gossamer parade and enjoy live butterfly releases, crafts and more! The event is also presented by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grapevine Garden Club and the City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.

Dress your favorite pet, yourself and your family in butterfly-themed costumes and participate in the Butterfly Flutterby gossamer costume contest and strolling parade in Grapevine’s Historic District, sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services. Contest and parade registration are free and begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau parking lot, located at 636 S. Main St. You must be registered to participate in the contest and parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park (411 Ball St.). Strollers are welcome and encouraged for younger participants. Prizes will be awarded for the best pet costume, costume by age group (children only), and best costumes for adults and/or children in a group.

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

After the parade, join in the fun at the Grapevine Botanical Garden with butterfly arts and crafts, sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, where you can make your own pet bandana, beaded butterfly, pom pom caterpillars and more. Enjoy the Migration Station, brought to you by Marshall Grain Co., and learn all about which plants attract butterflies, what butterflies eat and more! See more than 300 butterflies from around the world. There will be Monarch T-shirt making, compliments of the T-Shirt Guys. Hear butterfly stories and learn more fun facts at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Visit the Pewitt Educational Pavilion where artwork by Grapevine/Colleyville ISD kindergarteners through fifth graders will be on display. This year’s theme is “Diary of a Monarch.” Contest winners will be announced at noon from the main stage.

LIVE butterfly releases, sponsored by Brightview Landscape Services, will occur at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens. There will be a final release at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) during the Annual Fall Round Up. Line up near the main stage for a chance to get your own Monarch to release. The Monarchs are tagged with a special device to help us track their migration to Mexico.

The Mayor’s Monarch Pledge will be read proclaiming Grapevine as a city that will do its part to protect and preserve the monarch butterfly environment. Admission and all activities are free. Concessions and refreshments including snow cones and popsicles from Hip Pop and popcorn from the Sister Cities program will be available for purchase.

Butterfly photo ops abound and there will also be Butterfly Flutterby swag available for purchase.

Create a Butterfly-Friendly Garden and Save the Date for Butterfly Flutterby on Oct 16

Fluttering monarchs will fill the air on Saturday, October 16 during the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, sponsored by Cook Children’s Healthcare System, Marshall Grain Company, Camp Bow Wow, HomeLight and TrueSpot. The event is presented by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grapevine Garden Club and the City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.

Butterfly Flutterby celebrates the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine.

To help ensure that hungry monarchs and other butterflies have enough fat stored for their fall journey south to the mountains of Mexico, consider adding some milkweed and nectar flowers to your garden.

Did you know that the monarch is also known as the “milkweed butterfly?” Milkweeds are critical to the survival of monarch butterflies because monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds in the spring and fall, and Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. Many Texas milkweeds, vital to butterflies, have been wiped out across the state by several factors, such as the increased use of pesticides, expanding land development and Winter Storm Uri. If you see milkweed in your garden, don’t pull it! Save it for hungry caterpillars and butterflies.

Butterfly Gardens

In addition to plants that may grow naturally around your home, several milkweeds, nectar flowers and beneficial bushes can be added to your garden. The native Texas Green milkweed with its white-green flowers and large leaves is a feast for caterpillars and butterflies alike. Antelope Horn milkweed also is native to Texas and is characterized by its fuzzy leaves and greenish-white bloom. It is a hearty perennial that may grow up to two feet tall.

Fully grown monarchs enjoy nectar from a wider variety of plants, and just a few added nectar-producing plants can make a big difference. Some varieties are easy to find at local chain nurseries, while others may be found at independent nurseries or ordered online. The Grapevine Garden Club has worked with Carol Clark, a North Texas Master Naturalist, member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch to provide a list of recommended butterfly-friendly plants that grow well in the DFW area.

Easy to Find in Chain Nurseries: Candytuft, Celosia, Coneflowers, Cosmos, Lantana, Penta, Pincushion Flower, Salvia, Mealy Blue Sage, Verbena, Zinnia and Glossy Abelia Shrub.

Found at Independent Nurseries: Aster, Butterfly Weed, Black-Eyed Susan, Blackfoot Daisy, Butterfly Bush, Buttonbush, Gregg’s Mistflower, Four Nerve Daisy, Fragrant White Mistflower, Frostweed, Mexican Sunflower, Mexican Mint Marigold, Pipevine, Phlox, Turk’s Cap, Frog Fruit (ground cover) and Yarrow.

The Grapevine Garden Club recommends that people begin slowly with plants that are easy to grow and find at local garden centers. To learn more about gardening and helping butterflies in your area, visit

To experience the beauty of hundreds of monarchs fluttering overhead, make plans to attend the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby on Saturday, October 16 at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens (411 Ball St.). The event will include a Gossamer Parade, a costume contest, a student art show/contest and live butterfly releases at the Botanical Gardens.

If you can’t make it out to the Gardens, a live stream will be available on the GrapevineTX Facebook page at 11:00am on October 16. It will feature the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, educational videos about Monarch conservation, the announcement of art and costume winners, and the final release of butterflies.

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

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