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2016 Butterfly Festival Events

The 2016 Mariposa Butterfly Festival
April 29-May 1

See butterflies up close and personal at the 11th annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival in downtown Maripsoa. This annual family-friendly event includes a parade, live entertainment, children’s activities, art and artisans, food vendors, a costume contest and butterfly releases.

This year’s Butterfly Festival will feature two new events, as well as the return of a popular event.

One new event, Skate Comp 2016, a skateboard competition, will be held Saturday, April 30, during the festival. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the skateboard area at Mariposa County Park, 4998 County Park Road, off of Stroming Road. For information and entries, call Tony at (209) 275-4226. This competition is open to the public.

The second event addition is the Mariposa County Health Department 5K Family Run and 12K mile Trail Run (18 years & older) sponsored by the Mariposa Rotary Club. After the event, participants will be given their time so they can train to lower it next year. This is a smoke-free event that challenges young people and adults to get out and run for their health and enjoyment. For more information or entries, visit

This year marks the return of the Little Miss Butterfly Festival and Captain Caterpillar Contest, scheduled for 2 p.m. April 24, at the Bootjack Stompers Building. The contest is open to children ages 2 to 10. For information or entries, visit the festival website: Deadline for entries is April 17.

Taste of Mariposa will once again kick off the festival. The evening features samples from Mariposa’s great restaurants, a hat contest and live and silent auctions. The auctioneer will be Mariposa Assemblyman Frank Bigelow.

Fun for the entire family starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Butterfly Festival Parade marching down Highway 140. After the parade will be much-anticipated butterfly releases at the bottom of Fifth Street.

Children receive an orange slice with their own butterfly to carry around until the butterfly flies off.

Bring your family and be ready for food, fun, vendors, music and entertainment. We will be waiting.

For more information, visit

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