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Roots & Wings Festival at Zilker Botanical Garden (& More!)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
This event takes place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will continue the program 30 minutes after the last sign of thunder or lightening

Celebrating trees, pollinators, and all creatures!

On Halloween weekend, we invite you to explore the outdoors, get your face painted, and celebrate in your best nature-themed costume!

The Roots & Wings Festival is a combined community-wide appreciation party for Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day. This day of celebration just needs you! Come in costume or visit the costume creation station as we fill Zilker Botanical Garden with butterflies, bugs, and faeries. Let nature be your inspiration!

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Family Friendly Fun: 

  • Opening Ceremony – Mechica Dance Group (9:20 am)
  • Butterfly tag and release station
  • Kid’s tree climb with City of Austin arborists! First come, first served.
  • Storytelling and the Singing Zoologist
  • Costume creation station
  • Nature play and nature crafts
  • Guided nature walks through Zilker Botanical Garden
  • Food truck (or bring your own picnic!)
  • Costume parade through the park (1:30 pm)

Arrive early for the opening ceremony by the Mechica Dance Group performing a Butterfly Ceremony (9:20) and stay till the end. The event closes with a costume parade through the Oak Grove and out into the garden for a final butterfly release. Then stick around after the celebration and spend some time exploring the beauty of the Zilker Botanical Garden. The event ends at 2:00 pm, but the garden will be open till 5:30 pm.

Zilker Botanical Garden Entrance Fees:

  • $1 for kids under 12 and seniors 62 and over
  • $2 for adults, Austin resident
  • $3 for adults, non-residents of Austin

Getting There:

Go Green!

We encourage carpooling, ridesharing, and use of mass transit. Check out these Smart Trip Austin resources for transportation alternatives!

  • Bus & Train Find your best route to Zilker Botanical Garden
  • Walking Hike or walk the trails of Austin
  • Rideshare Use code “Roots&Wings” for $5 off your Ride Austin trip to this event!
  • Bike and Scooter Share discounts available (check link for details)

Accessible Parking

Spaces will be designated for those who need accessible parking. Enter through the main Zilker Botanical Garden gate from Barton Springs Road for these spaces.

Free Parking

The Stratford Drive Parking Area is a gravel lot located under and adjacent to the Mopac Bridge. Attendees should enter the Zilker Botanical Garden through the Hartman Gate (also known as the Rose Gate) located at 2300 Stratford Drive. Space is limited.


Get behind the scenes access and help support the Roots & Wings Festival by volunteering! Learn more and sign up here!

Can’t make it to Zilker?

There will also be pop up events occurring throughout the city. Check out Roots & Wings events at the locations below:


We can’t wait to see you at the Roots & Wings Festival!

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The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require assistance for participation in our programs or use of our facilities, please call (512) 974-3914.


Interested in Volunteering for the event? Click here to Register!


Location Information
Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
Contact Information
Christopher Sanchez- Education Specialist
+1-5124778672 ext. 13