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Blooming Butterflies Tickets

Jun 14, 2024
Blooming Butterflies event photo

Madison Public Library is partnering with Olbrich Botanical Gardens to give away FREE Blooming Butterflies tickets to kids ages 6-12 (kids 5 and under are free). Blooming Butterflies is an annual celebration hosted in the Bolz Conservatory of Olbrich Gardens, and it features 19 different species of free flying butterflies.

From July 17 - August 11, 2024 visitors can learn about the butterfly life cycle, look for each butterfly species, and maybe even see a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis! Plus, every child that attends Blooming Butterflies receives a coupon for a free junior scoop of ice cream from Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. Tickets for adults (ages 13 and up) are $8 and can be purchased directly from Olbrich Gardens. 

Madison Public Library will be giving away tickets to kids at every library location, including the Dream Bus, and at Parks Alive all summer long!

Other Events

Buttefly Gardening

June 20, 4-5pm | Alisha Ashman LibraryButterfly Gardening class at Alicia Ashman Library on June 20, 2024

Can't wait for Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies exhibit? Get started on butterfly fun early by joining our butterfly gardening event! Lisa, the Dane County Extension Horticulture Educator, will be teaching participants how to design gardens to best benefit butterflies, both in their caterpillar and adult stages. 

Registration is required. 

Butterfly Bike Parade

July 27, 11am | Tenney Beach Parking (1300 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53703)

Join a FREE community bike ride to spread milkweed seed balls along the bike path greenway. Butterfly costumes and bike decorations are welcome! 

Butterfly Action Day

August 2, 10am - 2pm | Olbrich GardensButterfly Action Day at Olbrich Gardens

Madison Public Library will be joining Olbrich Gardens on Butterfly Action Day, a special day filed with local organizations invested in butterfly conservation! We will be handing out WE READ Card Decks, tote bags and more, and will bring plenty of butterfly related books for kids and families to browse. 

Free Bike Tune Ups

August 3 & 10, 10-4pm | Olbrich Gardens

Bike to Blooming Butterflies and enjoy FREE bike valet parking and tune-ups courtesy of Dream Bikes.


For more information about Blooming Butterflies and related events, visit