Join us for the 1st Annual Mountain Monarch Festival!
The festival will celebrate the monarch butterfly during its migration and bring attention to the species’ declining numbers. Gorges State Park lies along the monarch’s migratory route. The butterflies can be seen in late September each year flying over the park’s visitor center on their way south to the high-elevation fir forests of Mexico’s Neovolcanic Mountains, where they overwinter until early spring.
The festival will offer educational programs and exhibits featuring the monarch butterfly, including monarch-themed children’s crafts, live music, a food truck, a festive photo board, local art for sale and a Monarch Migration Passport to lead families through monarch-themed activities.
Monarch butterflies have two sets of deep orange and black wings and a wingspan of three to four inches. The migratory subspecies of the monarch was recently added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “red list” of the most threatened species on
Earth and is now listed as endangered. Those who wish to help monarchs return to healthy population levels can plant locally native milkweed and nectar flowers in their yards and support efforts to reduce pesticide use.
The Mountain Monarch Festival is sponsored by Friends of Gorges State Park and organized in partnership with Monarch Watch, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, and N.C. Department of Commerce. Admission, music, and programs at the festival will be free.
The park requests that those who plan to attend register by emailing“Monarch Festival Registration” and the number of people in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org. The festival willbe held rain or shine.
Thank you to our event partners!
What to expect at the 1st Annual
Mountain Monarch Festival!
Friends + Public Welcome
Please come join us for this first annual event! We can’t put on these events without your support!
Vendors will be selling their hand crafted goods, native plants and much much more!
A festive photo board!
See beautiful shots of monarch butterflies in our region!
Monarch Crafts + Activities
Come join in on the family-friendly fun with activities and crafts, including face painting!
Monarch Migration Passport Program
Work your way through all the festival has to offer with your own Monarch Migration passport!
Here’s the Deal will be serving up their delicious offerings!
From lifecycle presentations to guided hikes and conversations with monarch specialists, you’ll be sure to learn a lot during the event!
Mountain Monarch Gear for Sale
The Gorges State Park Visitor Center will have Mountain Monarch gear for sale!
Event Schedule + Location
September 24, 2022
11:00 AM Event Begins
11:30 AM Monarch Lifecycle Presentation
12:30 PM Monarch Migration Presentation featuring entomologist Hayward Douglas
1:30 PM Monarch Tagging and Research
2:30 PM Butterfly Hike
3:00 PM Event Ends
Gorges State Park Visitors Center
The first annual Mountain Monarch Festival will take place at the Gorges State Park Visitors Center in Sapphire, NC on Saturday, September 24, 2022.
See the map at right for specific directions.
976 Grassy Ridge Road
Sapphire, NC 28774
GPS: 35.0960, -82.9510