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Flutterby Children's Arts Festival in Rosemary Beach

What: Flutterby Children's Arts Festival in Rosemary Beach

The annual Flutterby Festival, one of South Walton's most popular fall events, is returning to Rosemary Beach Saturday and Sunday, NOV 8 & 9, from 10am-4pm. Flutterby Festival celebrates the arts and the migration of the Monarch Butterfly along Scenic Highway 30A.  

As part of the annual tradition, children create their own butterfly wing masterpieces to wear in the butterfly costume parade each afternoon at 3:45pm. Kids will also enjoy using their creativity to build other butterfly crafts. Master Gardener Snookie Parish will be on hand teaching children the art and science of building their own butterfly garden. Celebrating art and nature, hundreds of butterfly paintings created by Walton County students will be on display throughout the festival.

“The Flutterby Festival is a fun event for kids of all ages,” said CAA Director Jennifer Steele. “We've enjoyed adding new elements each year, including hands-on and interactive stations that allow participants to learn, explore, experience and create.”

This year’s festival will include a local “celebrity” dunking booth, Imagine Faces face-painting booth, a science area, hot dogs by Dog Man Du, live music by Ohana Institute students, numerous children’s activities and a chance to win exciting raffle prizes.

New this year, festival-goers wanting to experience Flutterby in groups may reserve tables with seating for up to 10 people. At $50 per table, per hour, this offers the perfect space for painting butterfly wings with friends, group gatherings, playdates, parties and picnic dining. Reservations may be made in advance by emailing

Flutterby Festival 2014 Event Schedule Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

10:15 a.m. 30A Ballet performance
10:30 a.m. Kids’ Zumba!
11:00 a.m. The Magical Metamorphosis Show: a funtastic butterfly- themed magic show
12:00 p.m. Seaside Repertory Theatre Storytelling
12:30 p.m. The Magical Metamorphosis Show
1:00 p.m.   30a Dance Wave performance
1:30 p.m.   Seaside Repertory Theatre Storytelling
1:00 p.m.   Stiltwalker/Balloon Animals
2:00 p.m.    Hula Hoop Contest with prizes
2:30 p.m.    Live Music by Ohana Institute Students
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Izzie the Fairy & “Glitter” her Dragon 
3:45 p.m.   Izzie leads the Butterfly Parade
Izzie the Fairy & “Glitter” her Dragon! An enchanting fairy nammed Izzie and her pet dragon “Glitter” will spread music, stories, laughter and art all afternoon. You can catch her for a photo opp or stop and listen to her fun story that will turn participants into living works of art through the eyes of her magical face-painting skills.

Select local artists and photographers will exhibit their works during the festival. You'll see Justin Lyons, Mary Kay Samouce, Chandler Williams with Modus Photography, Moore Family Folk Art, Juan Fransisco Adaro and Shelly Swanger. Adaro and Swanger were recently awarded South Walton artist and photographer of the year.

Shelly Swanger will conduct 20-minute family photo sessions for $100, perfect for holiday cards and to capture your family photo in the beautiful setting of Rosemary Beach. Email to reserve your space and for more details.

Admission to the Flutterby Festival is free, although some activities may require a small fee. 

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