Roots & Wings Festival Events at ZBG

Zilker Botanical Garden will host a variety of family-friendly activities as part of the City of Austin’s 5th Annual Roots & Wings Festival, during the month of October. The festival is Austin’s annual community-wide celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day, connecting nature lovers with trees, butterflies, bees, and all the natural beauty our city offers.

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Upcoming Roots & Wings Festival Events at Zilker Botanical Garden:

Bicycling with Butterflies

October 19, 11 am-1 pm

Meet author Sara Dykman as she discusses the process of writing her wildly popular book Bicycling with Butterflies. This will take place in the Garden Center Auditorium. Click here to learn about Sara’s journey.

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Lesser-known Pollinators

October 22, 10:30 am-11:30 am

Join as Sean Ngai presents on the less popular pollinators that tend to be overlooked but still play an essential role. This will take place in the Garden Center Auditorium.

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Roots & Wings Festival Celebration | October 29, 9 am-1 pm

9 am-1 pm: Join in the Oak Grove for monarch banding and tagging and fun family-friendly activities for all, and even walk through a tent with 200 live butterflies

9 am-11 am: Volunteer with the Violet Crown Garden Club and help plant pollinator plants in the Children’s Garden. Register in advance via this link.

11 am-12 pm: Join as Professor Pricklethorn gives an entertaining educational presentation about trees

12 pm, 1 pm: Monarch Release in the pollinator garden.

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Author Read Aloud with Collin Pine + Backyard Pollinator Garden Workshop

October 30, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Register in advance for this free reading of the brand new children’s book, The Garden Next Door. Author Collin Pine will debut this new release virtually and participants can tune in online or join in person. For in-person participants, we will provide one free plant to the first 50 participants to demonstrate how to transplant plants at home. We will also provide flower seeds and demonstrate how to plant pollinator plants in your own container or backyard garden from seed.

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The Roots & Wings Festival will be held from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Nov. 5, All festival events are free to attend. Visit the Roots & Wings Festival website to learn more about festival offerings.

Zilker Botanical Garden offers multiple special events during the Roots & Wings Festival, which are included with the price of admission and free for members.  

This event is part of the Roots & Wings Festival, Austin’s annual celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day. The Roots & Wings Festival is held each fall and is sponsored by the City of Austin and partners. This year’s Festival runs through November 5th. You can learn more and find more related events by visiting www.rootsandwingsfest.com.