SECOND ANNUAL MONARCH FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 10-4 PM
Sandy Creek Park (3510 Sandy Creek Drive)
We are sad to announce that the 2nd Annual Monarch Festival is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Please save the date for next year’s festival: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Join us as we celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate throughout North America. This unique Durham park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs throughout their migration. In celebration of the Monarchs, the second annual Sandy Creek Monarch Festival will feature music, family friendly activities & food. Experts will be giving talks about Monarch biology, ecology, and conservation and pollinator friendly plants will be available for purchase.
Schedule of Events:
11:00 – Park Walks
12:00 Noon-12:25 PM - Danza Azteca Tonantzin
12:30 PM –Talk by Dr. Luke Bozeman, Director of R & D, BASF
“Living Acres - Modern Agriculture and Milkweed”
1:00 PM – Introductions by Rhonda Parker, Parks & Recreation
Address by Steve Schewel, Durham City Councilman
Address by Remedios Gómez Arnau, General Consul of Mexico-Raleigh
Address by Scott Cutlar, Honorary Consul of Canada – Raleigh
2:00 PM -- Butterfly Parade followed by another Butterfly Release
3:00 PM -- Spectacular Raffle Drawing!
*Free Educational Materials for All Ages
*Free Activies for Children
*Pollinator Plant & Milkweed Seeds for Sale
*Plants & Other Items available for donations
Activities For Children
Monarch Reading Corner, stories for all ages
StoryWalk - Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar
Butterfly Themed Crafts
The Spectacular Butterfly Parade
Balloon (Butterfly) Animals - (from 11AM-4PM only)
The Northeast Creek Puppeteers
Danza Azteca Tonantzin
Food Trucks - Bandidos, Heavy Metal Grillers, Flirting with Fire
Las Monarcas Popsicles
Rare Pokémon GO Sightings
If you would have an individual or group in mind you would like to see the Monarch Festival - please email the festival committee with your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions & Parking
From I-40: Exit I-40 at US 15-501 (Exit 270) and turn left (north) if coming from the west or right (north) if coming from the east. Proceed to Garrett Road (1.4 miles) and turn left of Garrett Road. After 1.0 miles Garrett Road ends at Pickett Road. Proceed 0.8 miles to Sandy Creek Drive (just prior to the US15-501 Bridge) and turn right on Sandy Creek Drive. The park is at the end of the road. Parking attendants may direct you to an overflow parking lot at Durham Academy Upper School, 3130 Pickett Road..
From US-15-501: Turn west on Garrett Road (right if heading south, left if heading north). After 1.0 miles Garrett Road ends at Pickett Road. Proceed 0.8 miles to Sandy Creek Drive (just prior to the US15-501 Bridge) and turn right on Sandy Creek Drive. The park is at the end of the road. Parking attendants may direct you to an overflow parking lot at Durham Academy Upper School, 3130 Pickett Road.
From Downtown Durham get on the Durham Freeway (147) heading west. Cross over US 15-501 and take the exit to US 15-501 South toward Chapel Hill. Take the W. Cornwallis Road exit and turn left, passing under 15-501. Just past the bridge turn right on Western Bypass toward the empty Durham Herald-Sun building. At the stoplight, turn left right on Pickett Road, cross back over 15-501 and immediately turn left on Sandy Creek Drive. Parking attendants may direct you to an overflow parking lot at Durham Academy Upper School, 3130 Pickett Road.
GoDurham Bus Route: 10B
Nearest bus stops: 6154 (at Social Security Office), 6050 (at Colony & Pickett) and 5847 (at Coachman's Way, close to Sandy Creek Trail).
- Limited parking is available along Sandy Creek Drive
- Free Parking available at Durham Academy (3601 Ridge Road)
- A complementary shuttle bus will run from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm between the overflow parking lots & the festival
- If you feel like a short & beautiful hike, follow Sandy Creek Trail to the park! (see map)
The Sandy Creek Park Story:
Sandy Creek Park was once a sewer treatment plant, built by Duke University to serve their campus and later run by the City of Durham. The facility was closed in 1984 and was left abandoned until 2001 when the paved trail from Pickett Road to the Park was constructed and then in 2003 the pavilion and bathrooms were installed. Soon after that the Durham Academy Upper School adopted the trail. In 2009 the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee adopted the park and began a series of improvements to the park. The bridge across Sandy Creek was funded by a State Parks Grant along with benches along the trail. In 2013 Keep Durham Beautiful was awarded a Durham Open Space and Trails Matching Grant and hundreds of volunteers added the Observation Deck, the Butterfly Garden, hundreds of native shrubs, trees and grasses and informational signs. We also installed a split rail fence around the grassy areas to prevent people from driving on the grass. Thanks to all who have made this park what it is today.
Please Consider Donating Today!
*All donations will be used to provide additional Monarch (and other Butterfly) host & nectar plants at Sandy Creek Park and other sites in Durham County.*
Interested in volunteering? Visit the Monarch Festival Volunteer Page to learn more about how you can get involved.
Interested in setting up as a vendor at the 2016 Monarch Festival? Educational, art, food, and plant vendors are invited to submit a vendor application.
Please download the appropriate vendor applications below and submit the application before September 17, 2016
Vendor application: Monarch Festival- Vendor application
Food vendor application: Monarch Festival- Food vendor application
Become a Sponsor! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Monarch Festival, please check out: 2016 Monarch Festival Sponsorship Opportunities