Butterfly Festival

Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 3, 11 am-3 pm
Lake Charleston
Celebrating our Natural Resources
Kids Activities, Expert Advice, Nature Walks, Kite-Flying Performances,
Food Trucks, Kayak Demos, and more!



Come and learn about all the natural resources Charleston has to offer for leisure, mental and physical health, and best practices for conservation. Celebrate the efforts of the Urban Butterfly Initiative to increase biodiversity. Get advice for your own gardens, lawns, and pollinator plots. Bring the kids to see native creatures up close and participate in fun activities! All at beautiful Lake Charleston!

Kite-Flying Performances at Linder Sports Complex- 11:30 to 2:30 pm

David Zavell is a kite enthusiast and owner of Chicago Kite/Kite Harbor. He will be bringing a team of experienced kite fliers to Linder Sports Complex for the kite demonstrations at the Butterfly Festival. He has been flying kites for 30+ years and has brought show kites to events across the globe.

Parking: Due to limited parking at Lake Charleston, a free shuttle (handicap and stroller accessible) will run continuously between Linder Sports Complex and the Lake.  Please park at Linder Sports Complex to take the shuttle and watch the kite-flying performance while there. If you are interested in taking a walking trail to the Lake, parking is also available at Sister City Park and Woodyard Conservation Area. 

Exhibitors and Participants include: Urban Butterfly Initiative, Grand Prairie Friends, Douglas Hart Nature Center, Fox Ridge Foundation, Charleston Birders, IDNR Fisheries, Charleston Tree Commission, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Coles County Soil and Water, Pheasants Forever, Charleston Parks and Rec, Coles County Arts Council, Charleston Carnegie Library, Charleston CAN Play, Charleston Scouting America, University of Illinois Extension Coles County. 

Schedule of Events and Activity details coming soon! 
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event please call 217-348-0430 or email tourism@co.coles.il.us

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor!
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