Hummingbirds are some of the most fascinating birds in the world, and what better way to learn more about these tiny flying jewels than to attend an organized hummingbird festival? Many communities and sanctuaries offer hummingbird festivals at times of peak hummingbird appearances, either during the summer breeding season or during migration when multiple species of these birds may be visiting the area. Unlike more general bird festivals, hummingbird events do not typically have long field trips; instead, hummingbird feeding areas and banding demonstrations often bring these birds right to the participants!
The hummer festivals listed below offer a range of activities but specific events and featured speakers can vary from year to year – check each festival’s updated website for specific information, schedules, registration details and costs. Note: Only a few unique features of each festival are mentioned below; many more are on each festival’s complete schedule.
Festivals are listed in chronological order according to the date they begin; scroll down or check additional pages for festivals later in the year. Don’t see your favorite hummingbird festival listed? Email me to have it added to the directory!
- Dates: May 17, 2014
- Location: Dade City, Florida
Not only does this one day festival highlight local Florida ruby-throated hummingbirds, but also includes presentations on bats and butterflies. Other festival activities include live music, garden tours, museum tours, craft demonstrations, bluebird box information and more.
- Dates: Varies; single day events held July through August
- Location: Varies
Held in multiple locations through Illinois, this series of half-day hummingbird festivals can introduce local residents and interested visitors to hummingbirds in an intimate way. Hummingbird banding is the key feature of each individual festival, and guests have the opportunity to adopt the banded hummingbirds to help support conservation work. Money raised from the adoptions supports further wildlife conservation and habitat preservation in Illinois.
- Dates: July 26-27, 2013
- Location: St. Francisville, Louisiana
In an area filled with outstanding hummingbird habitats, the Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration is a highlight of the summer birding season. The festival includes an evening reception, hummingbird banding, informational evening presentations, hummingbird-friendly plants for sale, garden strolls and other activities.
- Dates: July 27, 2013
- Location: Eagar, Arizona
Learn all about hummingbirds with this one day free event that includes not only walks to see local hummingbirds, but also expert speakers, live raptors and wildlife, a hummingbird photography lecture, hummingbird banding and basic birding tips.
- Dates: August 2-4, 2013
- Location: Sedona, Arizona
An elegant event to celebrate Arizona's unique hummingbirds, the Sedona Hummingbird Festival includes visits to local hummingbird hotspots. Other festival features include a gala dinner, hummingbird breakfast, garden tours and a wide variety of presentations that focus on hummingbird conservation, science, gardening, photography and more.
- Date: August 18, 2013
- Location: Henderson, Minnesota
Yes, hummingbirds really do live in Minnesota! In addition tips for seeing these tiny birds locally, the Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah celebrates its hummers with hummingbird banding demonstrations, garden tours, a hummingbird coloring contest and other children's activities and a Hummingbird Mall with local vendors and artisans.
- Date: August 24, 2013
- Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Learn all about ruby-throated hummingbirds at the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival, including up close looks with hummingbird banding demonstrations and guided walks. Other festival events include expert speakers, an arts and crafts sale, hummingbird and nature-themed merchandise and live animal ambassadors from a local wildlife rehabilitator.
- Dates: September 6-8, 2013
- Location: Holly Springs, Minnesota
Held at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, the Hummingbird Migration Celebration and Nature Festival features a wide range of activities to explore hummingbirds, including nature walks, hummingbird banding, a native plant sale, a kids' nature tent with hands on exhibits, live animal shows and local vendors and artists offering souvenirs for sale.
- Dates: September 18-21, 2014
- Location: Rockport, Texas and Fulton, Texas
One of the largest and most popular hummingbird festivals, this celebration highlights the annual ruby-throated hummingbird migration through eastern Texas. In addition to field trips, this festival includes unique boat trips, hummingbird banding demonstrations, informational presentations and a large vendor area.
- Dates: October 19-20, 2013
- Location: Hogansville, Georgia
Though not a birding festival per se, the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival uses hummingbirds as community ambassadors for its annual city celebration, including a poster contest, carnival, charitable silent auction, golf tournament, pancake breakfast and arts and crafts fair. While birding events are not a strong feature for the festival, hummingbirds are popular in the area and are sure to be nearby.