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Hummingbird Festivals 2024


Many festivals/events have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled due to COVID-19.

We recommend contacting the event through their website to see the status.

Easy to Follow resource list of Hummingbird Festivals, Banding Events, Exhibits and Workshops in 2024 listed by date and state. 

We will be updating the dates as they are posted by the festival committees.

Please contact us for any corrections or to submit a festival for listing.

Hummingbird Festivals are held to celebrate the hummingbird. These events are family friendly. Many host speakers and guided tours of gardens or parks.

Festival Listings by the Month:

MarchApril - May - June - July - August - September - October

Festivals Listings by State

Hummingbird banding is a captivating event where you can watch science in action. You might even be able to "Adopt-a-Hummingbird" and partake in conservation efforts aimed at preserving these wonderful birds.

All festivals are child friendly. Some are free, while others require a donation.

We work hard to keep these listings up to date from year to year and insert any new festivals that we discover.

If you are in charge or on a committee of any of these festivals we would appreciate any updates that you may have.

If anyone else is aware of a festival that is not listed here please let us know and we will be happy to insert it into the listings.

 Hummingbird Festivals in March

March, 2024

Santa Cruz, California

Hummingbird Month – March 2024
Time: Gates open at 8:00 AM

Come explore the breathtaking gardens of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

See in person the many lovely plants that attract one of the Garden's most celebrated birds - the Hummingbird! (Plant List PDF).

Join a tour from one of the Arboretum's experienced Tour Guides! Also, we're hoping the local Bird School Project will be joining us, offering tours and an information table in the gardens.

Visit our Photo table in the Australian Garden, get some photography tips from volunteer photographers, Ferd Bergholz & Bill Bishoff.

This time of year you’ll likely spot both Anna’s and Allen’s hummingbirds, the two most common species in Northern California. “The density of hummingbirds — the number per area in the Arboretum — is ridiculously high,” says Bruce Lyon, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC. “You can watch them feeding on flowers, you can watch their courtship, you can watch them chasing different species — it’s a great opportunity to see some pretty amazing hummingbird biology.”


Contact: 831-427-2998. 

 Hummingbird Festivals in April

April 7 – 29, 2023

Ketchikan, Alaska

Alaska Hummingbird Festival

April 5 – 27, 2024 Ketchikan Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

The rufous hummingbird is the most widely distributed hummingbird in North America, and the most common hummingbird in Alaska (Anna’s hummingbird is the only other, and a rare visitor at that). The rufous migrates to Alaska every spring, traveling up the coastline from the Pacific Northwest, arriving in Alaska throughout April.

The Alaska Hummingbird Festival celebrates the return of rufous hummingbirds to the Tongass National Forest. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center serves as the hub for a series of events, including a juried art show opening at 5 pm April 7 highlighting birds, bird habitat, and bird migration. Artwork will be on display at the Discovery Center through June 30, 2023.

Scheduled activities include Saturday morning guided bird walks, the Friday Night Insights lecture series, and Earth Day activities at the Discovery Center. All programs and activities are free to the public.

For more information contact Hazel Brewi at 907-228-6246 or hazel.brewi@usda.gov


2024 - Unkown

    Utopia, Texas

Nature Quest 2020

During Nature Quest you'll enjoy learning about Texas Hill Country Birds, Small Cavity Nesters, Bluebirds, Raptors, Hummingbirds, Bats, Butterflies, Insects, Champion Big Trees, Natural History, Native Plants, Useful & Medicinal Plants, Wildflowers, Invasive Plants, and how to make your own backyard a Wildlife Habitat.

Diverse Vegetation and Wildlife, Monumental Trees on the National Registry of Big Trees, the World's Second Largest Mexican Free-tailed Bat Population, Plants & Flowers found only in the Hill Country, Rare and Endangered Species of Birds such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo are just a few reasons why....

The Hill Country River Region is a perfect backdrop for your Nature Quest Adventure!

Fieldtrip Leaders & Speakers Include:
Tony Gallucci, Bain Walker, Lee Haile,
Ken Cave, LeAnn Sharp & Anthony Sharp

Along the Clear Frio, Nueces & Sabinal Rivers
Uvalde, Real & Bandera Counties
Near Concan, Uvalde, Utopia & Vanderpool Texas

Nature Quest Headquarters Located
10 miles W. of Utopia & 5 miles E. of Garner State Park On FM 1050
at Hill Country Nature Center

Nature Quest  ~  830-966-2134  ~ info@hillcountryadventures.com


Festivals in May

No Update for 2024

Missouri State Parks

Hummingbird Banding

You will get a close-up look at this tiny bird and learn about its life history. No reservations are required. The study site is located at the park’s visitor center. You are welcome to bring cameras, but will be instructed to keep an adequate distance from the birds and researchers in order to ensure the safety of the birds.

Event times: 9 a.m/10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Check for each event)

Onondaga State Park - 7556 Hwy. H, Leasburg, MO | (573) 245-6576

Montauk State Park - 345 County Road 6670, Salem, MO | (573) 548-2201


  • May 4, 2019
  • July 6, 2019
  • Aug. 3, 2019
  • Sept. 7, 2019

Onondaga State Park, Leasburg, MO
Onondaga State Park, Leasburg, MO
Onondaga State Park, Leasburg, MO
Onondaga State Park, Leasburg, MO

No Update for 2024

Dade City, Florida

Pioneer Florida Museum

Hummingbird Festival

Pioneer Florida Museum has been busy planting this spring and things are growing great! We have been planting gardens especially to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. We see many butterflies and even the elusive little birds almost every day. Come out to the Museum on Saturday, May 17th, any time between 9am and 4pm and enjoy a day with us.

Presentations inside will include:

all day - "Birds of Prey" with Gabriel Vargo
11 am - "Butterfly Gardening" with Bob Gallion
12 noon - "All About Hummingbirds" with Bev Hansen
1 pm - "Native Pollinators" with Debi Donaldson
2 pm - "Good Bug, Bad Bug" with Vince Stoble

There will be music; “Sacred Harp Singing” in our church and “The Barking Dogs” will be playing out on our grounds. Our concession stand will be open serving up lunch to attendees. There will be a chance to build a bluebird box for children, and finished ones will be available in our gift shop. Our gift shop will be stocked with great hummingbird and garden gifts along with our regular gift shop items. Also included in the festivities are arts & crafters, traditional craft demonstrations, Florida native plant sales.

Additionally, the museum’s historic buildings will be open and the collections on display. Please note that
although hummingbirds are the focus, we do not have them in cages!

Festival admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. As always, children under 5 are FREE. (Please, no coolers, or pets although service animals are welcome.) The museum also offers FREE parking and handicap accessibility.

Pioneer Florida Museum and Village
15602 Pioneer Museum Road
Dade City, Florida


May 11, 2024

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Hummingbird Festival 2024

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • 10:00 AM 2:00 PM

2120 South Cheyenne Canyon Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80906 (map)

Join us on May 11th from 10am to 2pm for the Hummingbird Festival at the Starsmore Discovery Center. We will have a variety of fun and educational presentations for people of all ages. Please consider carpooling to the event as parking lots in North Cheyenne Cañon Park have limited space.

Festival Schedule

10:15 am - 11:00 am - Hummingbird Talk

11:00 am - Guided Bird Walk

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Raptor Talk with the Pueblo Raptor Center

12:30 pm - Guided Bird Walk

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Hummingbird Talk

Local vendors, crafts, and more

Colorado Springs Hummingbird Festival

No Update in 2024

Kaskaskia, Illinois

The Nature and Hummingbird festival will not be held in 2015.

Nature Festival
Nature Festival and hummingbird banding. Nest box building, educational speakers, wildlife exhibits.

Contact: Tim Dever Email: coltond98@sbcglobal.net Phone: 618.475.2366.

 Festivals in June

June 20, 2024

Logan County, Arkansas
Mount Magazine State Park

Hummingbird Special
The Lodge at Mount Magazine
Each year, the return of hummingbirds is eagerly awaited at Mount Magazine State Park. Marvel at these acrobatic pollinators during this family-friendly, nature-themed celebration with hummingbird banding by experts, garden tours, and a station called “Hummingbird Haven,” featuring make and take crafts, concluded with a free concert by Still on the Hill. The hummingbird special is designed to enhance your enjoyment of hummingbirds and educate about pollinator importance.
Admission: Free

CONTACT: (479) 963-8502, mountmagazine@arkansas.com


Update for 2024:

 Illinois Festivals.....Sponsored by the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders.

Guests may “adopt” a hummingbird at any of the banding sites by making a $5 donation to the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders.  Donors will receive an attractive signed certificate, be given the privilege of releasing their adopted bird (if enough birds are captured), and will be notified if their birds are ever recaptured.

Vernon Kleen
Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders (LLABB)

2024 Hummingbird Festival Schedule

June 29th
10am to 1pm

Stoecklin Orchard, Donnellson
Bond County

June 29th  
2:30pm to 5:30pm

Lievers, Worden        
Madison County

July 20th       
2:30pm to 5pm

Mikeworth Home, Ursa
Adams County

July 27th     
10am to 1pm

Stoecklin Home, Donnellson
Bond County

July 27th
2:30pm to 5:30pm 

Lievers, Worden
Madison County

August 3rd
9am to Noon 

Siloam Spring S.P., Liberty
Adams County

August 11th
1pm to 4pm   

Engles Farm, Roodhouse
Greene County

August 17th
9am to 12:30pm

Camp Sagawau Center
Cook County

August 17th
2pm to 5pm

Plum Creek Forest Preserve
Will County

August 22nd
3pm to 6pm

Rock Springs Center, Decatur
Macon County

August 24th
2pm to 5pm

Fourdyce Home, Edwardsville
Madison County

August 25th
2pm to 5pm

Schlueter's Home, Mascoutah
St. Clair County

Additional festivals may be scheduled.

Hummingbird Festivals in July

No Updates for 2024

Harford, Illinois

Hummingbird Festival at Lewis & Clark State Historic Site

From 9 AM until 12 PM the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site, in cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, will be catching and banding hummingbirds.
Experts will discuss hummingbirds, the banding process, and how to encourage these gorgeous birds to visit your yard.
There are over 325 species of hummingbird in the world and five that can be found in Illinois including the ruby-throated, black-chinned, Rufous, Allen's, and broad-billed.
The tiny wonders can consume half of their weight in sugar a day and to power hearts that beat at over 1,200 beats per minute! Though extremely tiny, hummingbirds have excellent memories and can remember most if not all blooms they visit.
Their eggs are the size of jellybeans and their nests about the size of a ping-pong ball.
Come see these natural wonders in their native habitat on a beautiful summer day in Illinois!

* This is an outdoor event during the summer. The amount of hummingbird activity can vary depending on weather and temperature conditions. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, water, and sunblock!

Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
#1 Lewis and Clark Trail
Hartford, Illinois 62048

  • Admission: Free
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


July 27 & 28, 2024

Silver City, New Mexico

Mimbres Hummingbird Festival:

Past Schedule of Events (None Listed for 2024)

8 am - Banding Starts
8 am - Vendors Open
​8 am - Duckstop Gourmet Food Opens
9:30 am to Noon - Curl Up and Dye Face painting
10:00 am - Kid's Activity Center Opens
10:00 am - Ice Cream Sales Open
10:45 am - SPEAKER:
     Terry Timme, President of Southwestern NM Audubon
                "What Birds Need and How You Can Help”
11:40 am to Noon -  “Up Close”, Feeding of Hummingbirds
12:30 pm - SPEAKER
      Susan ClairGrant County Beekeepers Organization                                             “Honeybees and Friends” 
 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm -  “Up Close”, Feeding of Hummingbirds
2:15 pm - Tour of the Mattock’s Site with 
                   Archaeologist Marilyn Markel
3 pm - Vendor's Close

8 am - Banding Starts
8 am - Vendors Open
​8 am - Duckstop Gourmet Food Opens
​10:00 am - Kid's Activity Center Opens
10:00 am - Ice Cream Sales Open
10:30 am - SPEAKER:
      Elissa Fazio-Rhichard
"How Do You Catch a Hummingbird? - Reflections of a Hummingbird Bander"

11:40 am to Noon -  “Up Close”, Feeding of Hummingbirds​
1:00 pm - SPEAKER:
     Elissa Fazio-Rhichard
"How Do You Catch a Hummingbird? - Reflections of a Hummingbird Bander"
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm -  “Up Close”, Feeding of Hummingbirds
2:15 pm - Tour of the Mattock’s Site with 
                   Archaeologist Marilyn Markel
3 pm - Vendor Close

Mimbres Hummingbird Festival:

No Update 2024
(In 2023- July 29th)

Eager, Arizona
Sipe Wildlife Area

Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area – Eager
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is again offering a unique opportunity for people to learn more about Arizona’s colorful forest hummingbirds at the 15th annual High Country Hummers Festival. Sheri Williamson, one of the nation’s foremost experts on hummingbirds, will lead a capture and bird-banding event with the invaluable assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers that is free and open to the public. Participants will be able to observe researchers up close as they handle, measure and band these flying jewels. The festival takes place at the department’s Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area located near Eagar in eastern Arizona.

This one-of-a-kind program begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at noon. Come prepared to spend most of the morning outdoors with the potential of some summer rain. It’s a good idea to bring a camera, as there will be plenty of great photo opportunities, such as taking your picture with a live raptor at the Department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center “critter photo booth.”

Sheri is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America. She, together with her husband Tom Wood, founded and operate the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO), which is a non-profit scientific and educational organization based in Bisbee. SABO’s mission is to promote conservation of birds of southeastern Arizona, their habitats, and the diversity of species that share those habitats through research, monitoring and public education.

Other fun programs will also be offered

  • Birding for kids. An opportunity for kids to make their own hummingbird feeder to take home
  • Tom Wood will lead a fascinating presentation on hummingbird natural history
  • Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will have an educational exhibit featuring hawks, owls and other wildlife
  • Get your photo taken with one of the Adobe Mountain Center animals
  • Department staff will discuss and instruct on how to photograph hummingbirds. Be sure to bring your camera and a tripod for this hands-on activity
  • Department staff will lead a “birding basics” program, including identification tips, recommended field guides and technological tools available to aid in learning about our avian visitors
  • People are welcome to explore the visitor center’s interpretive displays on wildlife conservation, habitats and prehistoric culture


  • White Mountain Audubon Society
  • “Grow a Bird Feeder” – Information on landscaping for hummingbirds

Pets must be kept on a leash and are not allowed near live wildlife.

Breakfast and lunch concessions will be provided by the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Sipe Wildlife Area is located southeast of Eagar and Springerville. From Eagar, take Highway 191 toward Alpine for about two miles to the signed turnoff at the top of the first hill. Drive south five miles to the Sipe property on a gravel road suitable for passenger cars. Parking is extremely limited if the area has received recent rains. Check forecasted weather conditions before and for the day of the event. 

For more information, contact the Pinetop Game and Fish Department regional office at 928 532-3680.


July 26 - 28, 2024

            Sedona, Arizona
           Sedona Red Rock High School
           995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
           Sedona, AZ  86336  


The festival celebrates the peak hummingbird population with entertaining & educational presentations, tours of gardens and hotspots, a hummer/nature shopping mall, and banding demonstrations & birding trips; sponsored by the International Hummingbird Society.


The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held the first weekend in August, when Sedona's hummingbird population is highest and most diverse—5 or even 6 species instead of the usual 2—and with typically five times the number of hummers as in early summer. Thanks to Sedona's high altitude of 4,500 feet, we escape the intense summer heat experienced in more southern parts of Arizona (more at the Sedona tab). August is also a "low season" for tourism in Sedona, so you'll be able to take advantage of lower lodging prices. We're working on securing deals from participating hotels and motels; see "lodging deals."

Arizona is already well known as the top state for seeing many hummingbird species (a fact that Texas disputes, of course). People travel great distances just to see Arizona's hummers. But Sedona also has Red Rock Country, and that makes it even more desirable to come here to see hummingbirds. Is there a prettier place in America to see hummers? We don't think so! That's the reason behind the tagline for the Sedona Hummingbird Festival: The Most Beautiful Place in America to See Hummingbirds.

Sedona Hummingbird Festivals were spectacular community events!  Residents and businesses were encouraged to include hummer-friendly flowers in their yard. Those lacking time or inclination for gardening put out feeders, especially beginning in June. By keeping the feeders filled and fresh, residents year after year see that migrants will reward their benefactors by returning—with friends and relatives—leading to ever-higher populations. In our dreams, the Hummingbird Society imagines feeders even hanging from the street signs, but that may not happen right away!


Festivals in August

How beautiful is Sedona? We know of no more beautiful description of Sedona than this video. Be sure to make it full screen.

August 10th, 2022

Connersville, Indiana

IAS Hummingbird Migration Celebration: 

Mark your calendars now for the Annual IAS Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary! This annual event will draw hummingbird enthusiasts from around the Midwest to Connersville, IN for a one day celebration of all things birds and hummingbirds. Participants can expect an assortment of activities on the beautiful Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary grounds.

About the Festival:

Mark your calendars for a day celebrating this iconic gem of a species at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary! Multiple sponsors and partners provide an opportunity for all to learn about these amazing little birds, how to attract them, and how to keep them coming year after year.

Activities include

  • hummingbird banding demonstrations, to view hummingbirds up close,
  • guided nature walks,
  • late summer native plant sale,
  • programs about birds, reptiles, butterflies, wildflowers, and other pollinators,
  • live birds of prey,
  • kid’s activities,
  • vendor booths,
  • fishing demos with GoFishIN with Clint
  • live music,
  • food and drinks
  • and more...

Stay below for the full schedule!
Pre-sale tickets are $10 online, and free for youth under 17 years of age.
Tickets are $15 at the door, and free for youth under 17 years of age. Vendors interested in participating can complete the vendor application, found here.

The HMC Silent Auction is Live! Bid on a selection of great items that all support Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. Auction closes on Saturday, August 10, at 4pm, but you don't need to be present to win


Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary
3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd
Connersville, IN 47331 


Indiana Audubon Hummingbird Celebration

To Be Determined

Weldon, California

Kern River Valley Hummingbird Celebration
Feeding Hummingbirds: A short lesson in hummingbird feeder maintenance and a recipe for hummingbird food. Hummingbird Identification Workshop: Outdoor Presentation on how to tell our local hummingbirds apart.Hummingbird Gardening: Lesson in what plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies. And Much More.

Kern River Preserve

8:00 am - 2:00 pm-

Contact: 760-378-2029

No Update 2024

Oak Hill, West Virginia

New River Hummingbird Festival


Join internationally known hummingbird expert Dr. Bill Hilton Jr. for a morning of up-close, hands-on experience with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Hilton will capture, band, and release hummingbirds while explaining the secrets of their feeding, nesting, and migration behavior; he will talk about results of his ten years of work with ruby-throats in Central America and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers about hummers, including how to design a habitat to attract these tiny birds to your back yard or school grounds.

Preregistration admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 15-18, free for ages 14 and under. Or $10 per person at the event.

Hummingbird feeders, t-shirts, and loads of plants will be available for purchase and donation at the event while supplies last.

Who will be there? Dr. Bill Hilton Jr, master bander, hummingbird expert, and one of Discover magazines “50 Best Brains in Science;” Rachel Davis: local nature guide and coordinator of New River Birding & Nature and Fayette County Education Fund; Terri Johnson: Honeysuckle Hill Gardens Nursery, Greenhouse & Gift Shop in Oak Hill; and other NRBN Team members.

Portions of proceeds go to the 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund - to secure the future of Fayette County by providing relevant Leadership and Environmental Training to the community, with an emphasis on youth education. New River Hummingbird Festival was born in 2010 as an outreach program of the New River Birding & Nature Center - Sharing the secrets of science and nature in the New River watershed with West Virginians and their friends.

Honeysuckle Hill Gardens
1177 Terry Ave.
Oak Hill, WV 25901

No Update 2024

       Charlotte, North Carolina

11th Annual Hummingbird Festival. Reedy Creek Nature Center will host the festival. This is a fun family event to enjoy the outdoors in a festive environment.

Activities for all ages: 

  • Bir​d Banding by Susan Campbell
  • Story Telling by Mother Nature
  • ​Birding Hikes
  • "The Great Hummingbird Challenge"
  • Face paingitng
  • Guest speakers and more

Join us from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:

2900 Rocky River Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28215

Nature Centers


August 17, 2024

Henderson, Minnesota

NOTE: This Information Flyer Will Be Updated When Released

Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

August 17, 2024 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 16th Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah is a one-day annual event sponsored by Henderson Feathers to celebrate the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Free events will promote the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird for people of all ages. There will also be speakers, hummingbird banding, Hummingbird Garden Tour, educational displays, food vendors, craft vendors, children’s activities, raffle prizes located in Bender Park and in the Henderson Hummingbird Garden . . . watch for signs!!

No admission charge!! Rain or shine!! Free fun for the whole family!!

Hummingbird Banding
9 a.m. to Noon
A licensed hummingbird bander will catch and band birds, allowing you to see them up close and learn about hummingbird research at the Henderson Hummingbird Garden, 4th Street and Oak Street, Henderson, Minnesota.

Hummingbird Garden Tour
The garden tour will be led by master gardeners, located at Henderson Hummingbird Garden, 4th Street and Oak Street, Henderson, Minnesota.

Speakers: To be announced
The speaker presentations will be held at the Bender Park Shelter, 200 N. 3rd Street, Henderson, MN 56044.

Educational Displays:
Larry Pfarr (Bees), Amanda Vogel (Pollinators), and Ron Windingstad.

The Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah is held the third Saturday in August each year.


Henderson Feathers
507-665-6570 (Brenda Kotasek)

Bender Park200 N. 3rd Street
Henderson, MN 56044

Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah

August 14-17, 2024

Fort Davis, TX

Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival:


  • 2023 DMHC Friday Evening Banquet  & Keynote Address
    TBC’s 2020 Celebration will feature our full program with hummingbird experts, afternoon seminars and diverse field trips limited to 200 registrants. Our featured speaker for 2020 is University of California professor Dr. Christopher Clark whose hummingbird research has focused on courtship displays, how feathers and wings produce sound, and bird flight biomechanics. Dr. Clark uses intriguing tools like high-speed cameras, sound recording equipment and wind tunnels for recording courtship displays. His keynote presentation will include his field work on hummingbirds in Costa Rica, Bahamas, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Texas, and California.

Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival

No Update 2024

Knoxville, Tennessee

Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival!

Saturday, August 25, 2018 Festival Hours: 8 am – 2 pm
Banding Demonstrations: 8 am – 11:30 am*

*Banding is weather dependent, and may end earlier if hummingbirds can’t be captured.

About the Event

The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival began as a joint effort between Ijams and the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. The event features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. But the main highlight of this event is the opportunity for visitors to get close to ruby-throated hummingbirds and learn about them during banding demonstrations by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander.

Hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed, measured and banded before being sent on their way. Banding provides a way to document hummingbird movement during migration. August and September are busy migration months in Tennessee with thousands of hummingbirds moving south on their way to wintering grounds in Central America and southern Mexico.

Also part of the event is a full schedule of wonderful education presentations.

NOTE: Ijams is still in the planning stages of this year’s festival, so following is the 2017 schedule of events to give you an idea of what programs are featured, our 2017 sponsors and audio from a 2016 presentation.

2017 Event Schedule

Main Speaker Hall (Visitor Center)

  • 9:30 am: Owl-ology 101 (Stephen Lyn Bales, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 10:30 am: Secrets of Backyard Birds (Liz Cutrone, Wild Birds Unlimited)
  • 11:30 am: Gardening for Hummingbirds (Chris Mahone, Propagation Specialist)
  • 12:30 pm: Hummingbird for all Seasons (Mark Armstrong)

Glassroom Speakers (Visitor Center)

  • 9:00 am: Birding 101 (Dr. Louise Conrad, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 10:00 am: Citizen Science (Tiffany Beachy, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont)
  • 11:00 am: Attracting Monarchs to Your Yard (Christie Collins, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 12:00 pm: Backyard Butterflies (Steve McGaffin, Zoo Knoxville)

Children’s Activities:

9 am–2 pm: Children’s Crafts (Visitor Center Classroom)
8:30 am: Hungry, Hungry Hummingbirds
(Join us for a fun and energetic game about how hummingbirds feed.)
10:00 am: Stories and Songbirds
(Spend some time hearing stories and singing songs about nature!)
11:00 am: Hummingbird Hustle
(You’ll need the energy of a hummingbird to play this fast-paced game!)
12:30 pm: Stories and Songbirds
(Spend some time hearing stories and singing songs about nature!)

Ticket Prices:
$7 Admission (ages 12 and up)
$3 Children (ages 5-11)
FREE (Children 4 and under)
$20 Family (Parents plus children)

Parking for this event will take place in all Ijams Nature Center parking lots. In addition, visitors can park at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area (3140 McClure Ln, Knoxville, TN 37920) and take a shuttle to the event.

Please note that we do not allow dogs at the Hummingbird Festival. Although dogs are welcome at many of our events, the Hummingbird Festival is just not a good fit since all of the speakers and the children’s crafts are indoors (where dogs are not allowed) and dogs are not allowed at the banding station. Thanks!

August 3-4, 2024

Cadiz, Kentucky

Land Between The Lakes Hummingbird Festival

Bon Voyage! It is 1,086 miles from here to the Yucatan. This weekend marks the beginning of the great hummingbird migration through Land Between the Lakes! If you love hummingbirds, this is the event for you! August brings hundreds and hundreds of hummingbirds as they migrate south to Central America. 

You can see as many as 200 of them in a single day at the Nature Station! Join us to celebrate this natural spectacle and watch the backyard beauties as they buzz around the native gardens, fueling up for the next leg of their long journey. Discover how you can help hummingbirds and other migrating wildlife, such as monarchs, bats, dragonflies, and songbirds, right at your own home! 

Stop by the native plant sale or the Pollinator Photo Gallery. Enjoy backyard habitat programs and demonstrations all weekend! This year, as we celebrate our 27th anniversary, our focus will be creating a “Paradise for Pollinators.” Explore the tips & techniques from experts on how to “DIY” or make your backyard habitat a paradise for hummingbirds, native bees, butterflies, and more. And kids, there will be plenty of pollinator games, crafts, and activities to keep you busy all day! 

Land Between The Lakes Hummingbird Festival

Woodlands Nature Station
3146 Silver Trail Road
Cadiz, KY 42211 United States

Woodlands Nature Station
jmpollpeter@hotmail.com (John Pollpeter)

Hummingbird Festivals in September

To Be Announced for 2024

Holly Springs, Mississippi

Hummingbird Migration Celebration

Join us for the 19th annual Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration, one of the Southeast's biggest nature festivals. Highlights include renowned guest speakers, guided nature walks, live animal shows, kids activity zone, wagon rides, nature-themed arts & crafts vendors, native plant sale and up-close views of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds being banded and released!

Contact: 662-252-1155
Mitch Robinson at mrrobinson@audubon.org

285 Plains Road, Holly Springs, MS 38635

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center is located on Hwy 311. From Holly Springs Town Square:  Hwy 7 North. Take left onto Hwy 311. Turn right to stay on Hwy 311 North (follow signs for Strawberry Plains Audubon Center/Mt. Pleasant) and go 2.5 miles. Facility on the right.

We are 9.5 miles from the intersection of Hwy 72 and Hwy 311. Coming from Memphis, TN:  take either Hwy 72 from Collierville, TN and turn right onto Hwy 311, or take Hwy 78 east to Exit 26 (West Holly Springs), travel east to Hwy 311 North. Turn left onto Hwy 311 and travel 2.5 miles. Facility on the right.

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St.Francisville, Louisiana

Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration

Phone: 800-488-6502

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Kleb Woods Hummingbird Festival

People of all ages can see hummingbirds up close and learn about them as they are banded. Houston Audubon raptors will be on display throughout the day. We will also have nature walks, farm tours, blacksmith demonstrations, indoor presentations, and kids activities.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Rd. Tomball, TX 77377

Saturday, September 14, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Phone: 281-357-5324

Email: klebwoods@pct3.hctx.net


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Diamondhead, Mississippi

The Hummingbird Festival  in Diamondhead, MS not only  provides family-friendly fun for those who are interested in and love hummingbirds, but also serves as a fundraising event for Master's Call Ministries International (MCMI). It began in 2012 at the home of Robert and Rhonda Vaughan. The Festival has grown and continues to grow each year with new vendors, a variety of speakers and presentations, visitors from around the South, and most importantly...hummingbirds! Each year, the hummingbirds come back with multiplied numbers!

Featured at each event is James Bell, a certified bander from Carriere, Mississippi, who captures, weighs, measures, tags, and releases hummingbirds so they can be further studied and better understood. In 2017, James Bell was able to band 20 birds during the one-day event, and people flocked around to see the little guys up close and get a chance to even hold one!

Our Work

     As a hummingbird event, we work to educate our visitors about the habitat, migration patterns, feeding needs, and natural friends and enemies of these little birds. We also provide exciting experiences including: live music, food, door prizes, lots of vendors, and the ability to witness the banding of multiple birds and observe dozens of hummingbirds as they go about their business! With each banding, a participant is allowed to hold the subject bird briefly before it is given its freedom again, and those who don't actually hold a hummingbird are allowed to touch it to feel its heart beat. Also with vendors, many of whom have hummingbird-related products available for purchase, participants are able to find items to take home with them and share about their experiences with family and friends. Food vendors are also on site to help make the day both enjoyable and comfortable for all. 

     This annual event not only serves to provide family-friendly fun for all, it also serves to support vital programs for orphans and underprivileged children world-wide. The festival began in 2012 with the proceeds being used by Christian Aid For Children to purchase school lunches for children who cannot otherwise afford them, as well as helping with meals and clothes for needy families. This same effort is continued today by Master's Call Ministries International (MCMI), who also supports orphans in Sierra Leone, Africa and benevolence efforts in Israel.

     MCMI is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to continue the mission of Christ on this earth. We do this in 4 main ways: (1) Raising funds to help orphans and underprivileged children across the globe, (2) Working with local ministries to help with outreach events, (3) Empowering individuals in their walk with Christ through Biblical Counseling and discipleship, and (4) Equipping ministries around the globe to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. Central to all of these things is an emphasis on TRUTH. And for this reason, regardless of denominational lines drawn by man, we seek to help and work with ministries and individuals that are willing to put truth above tradition, faith above fear, and hearts that hunger for more of God above all.

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2356 Airport Drive
Diamondhead, MS 39525



Sept. 19 - 22, 2024

Rock Port, Texas

Hummingbird Celebration

About the event:
The HummerBird Celebration is an annual event held each September in the charming and friendly coastal towns of Rockport and Fulton. The purpose is to celebrate the spectacular fall migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird through the area, first documented by Connie Hagar in 1938, and to expand one's knowledge of all birds, and associated wildlife.The Celebration is fun, educational and inspiring. There is something for everyone and it's designed for those who just enjoy birds to the more experienced birder. If you enjoy nature, or some aspect of it, then this event is for you.

Welcome from the Chamber:
Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, on the bay of Aransas, the towns of Rockport and Fulton offer a special charm. Since their earliest days, Rockport and Fulton have attracted visitors with their climate, their friendly people and always, their wonderful birds.

The Tourism Development Council of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to help and assist the annual HummerBird Celebration Committee in making this event spectacular for all those who attend.

Each year the staff of the Chamber look forward to entertaining those who attend the HummerBird Celebration. It is a pleasure to try to accommodate each and everyone. It is truly remarkable to work behind the scenes as part of the team that coordinates an event which pleases so many people in a comfortable sort of way.

To our regular attendees and to anyone wishing to attend for the first time, you are warmly welcomed. Hope to see you here and happy birding until then. Call the Chamber office if we can assist you.

What’s up this year?
We hope you enjoy yourself as we celebrate the spectacular fall migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird…and the fun of birding. Go on field trips, boat trips, see the hummers stocking up at feeders as they prepare for their amazing trip to their winter home, and discover what’s new for the birding enthusiast at our "nature only" vendor booths.

We are excited about our speaker lineup! Programs and workshops are indicated in the schedule and will take place in two locations – Auditorium and Middle School. Information and tickets for workshops and trips will be available at the Auditorium.

Don’t be shy about asking our volunteers for help—they’re ready…and above all, have fun!

Celebration of all birds during fall migration
It is important to remind people how the name of this event came about.
When Betty Baker and Jesse Grantham and others, began developing this event, their intent was to bring attention to this great phenomena of the fall migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds. They wanted everyone to not just focus on hummingbirds but all birds during the tremendously beautiful fall migration. Hence came the name HummerBird Celebration. A Celebration, not a festival with tents and carnivals, but a learning extravaganza!

Hummer Home Self-Guided Tours Local homes and businesses plant and maintain their yards year round to attract hummingbirds. During the event, you are invited to visit their yards to see the plants that lure the birds and to see them feeding in preparation for their incredible journey south. It is possible to see over 100 hummingbirds in one yard. A self-guided tour map is available at any information booth and at the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce during the days of the event. Please enjoy the hummingbirds and the generosity of the Hummer Home Hosts. You’ll find fun 4 to 5 ft signs made in the shape of a hummingbird placed on a post in front of the Hummer Home. The signs were designed by local student artists. Walk quietly to the residence. Enjoy!

Speakers giving programs in our local schools:
For years we have tried to get the youth involved in this event. With the time of year, sports going full force and activities galore, it is difficult for them to be involved. This year we have a committee member that is coordinating "speakers into classrooms".

Hummingbird Celebration

Sept. 19 & 22, 2024

Lake Jackson, Texas

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

8:00am to noon. Autumn is hummingbird season in Texas, as thousands of these tiny creatures move through the state on their southward migration to Mexico and Central America. Join us September 13th and 17th to see hummingbirds being banded, adopt a hummingbird, browse the Nature Store, walk the nature trails, or buy a plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

Hummingbird Festivals in October

No Update for 2024

Hogansville, Georgia

"The City of Friendly People" invites you to the annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival, held the third weekend of every October in historic downtown Hogansville, GA. Our Main Street will be bustling with food, crafts, antiques, music, local artists, open storefronts, rides, and activities for the whole family. Two days of old-fashioned family fun! Includes free parking, shuttles, handicap access, ample security, and kids play area. Vendors and sponsors are welcome!

About the Festival:
The 2020 Hogansville Hummingbird Festival is an outdoor Festival for the whole family, to be held Saturday and Sunday Oct 17 and Oct 18, 2020 in historic small town Hogansville, Georgia . Start time on both days is 10:00 AM. The Hogansville Hummingbird Festival is a true small town festival, featuring 200 vendors, food court, live music, kids area, artisan crafts, and more. All proceeds benefit the Hogansville Charitable Trust. 

To find the downtown Hogansville area on a map, use the address 400 East Main Street, Hogansville, GA.

The Hogansville Hummingbird Festival, 2020 being its 23rd year, is the principal fund-raising vehicle for the Hogansville Charitable Trust, a 501(c) 3 Georgia non-profit corporation whose stated purpose is the renovation, preservation and improvement of historic and municipal properties in and around the City of Hogansville, Georgia. The Festival has raised in excess of $325,000 for this purpose. However, by using these dollars primarily as matching funds for Federal, State and other grants, the money has been leveraged into more than $3,000,000 in improvements for the City. The projects have included renovations of the historic Royal Theater, now used as Hogansville’s City Hall, three phases of StreetScapes and construction of the Tower Trail which includes a walking trail from Hogansville Elementary School, by the historic Water Tower, and ending on Oak Street by the City’s now retired water treatment plant, and an outdoor classroom. In 2016, the Charitable Trust purchased land in the center of downtown, which has since been donated to the city and named Askew Park. This preserves greenspace for our beautiful historic downtown. In addition, the Festival has donated to such charities as the American Red Cross’ Katrina Relief Fund, the Shriners Hospital, the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Georgia, “Breast Friends for Life,” a Troup County support group for breast cancer patients, Hogansville’s GED program, and “God’s Bread Basket,” Hogansville’s Food Bank.

Hogansville Hummingbird Festival

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