7th Annual Bird Festival

7th Annual Bird Festival

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:30 AM to Sunday, October 2, 2016 4:30 PM

Want to learn about South Florida's birds? Interested in becoming a birder? Or just want to start identifying our feathered friends? Then come to Fairchild's Bird Festival.

 Download last year's festival program here!

The Bird Festival kicks off with two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including presentations by bird experts, bird walks and an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit. You will be able to purchase bird-attracting plants and birding merchandise and enjoy educational activities for the entire family. The 78th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale is held in conjunction with the festival, making it a uniquely special weekend of plants, birds and learning fun. 

Bird Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased below.  

Bird Festival Digital Photo Contests

Calling all photographers! Fairchild is now accepting entries for its annual Bird Festival digital photo contest!  Entering the contest is free and open to all amateur photographers. Winners will receive a Fairchild Family Membership. 

Registration for the Bird Photo Contest is now closed, please check back later for 2016 photo contact.

Our 2015 Winners

Flights of Fancy: Watercolor Fun with Hillary Parker 

Pre-Registration is required. If you are a bird enthusiast who enjoys art, come join the fun! Surrounded by the abundant bird life at Fairchild, Hillary Parker, naturalist and watercolor artist, will offer a studio class which is open to all levels. She will demonstrate and instruct basic sketching and watercolor techniques, as she guides students to create studies of delicate feathers, nests, and eggs. All art supplies are included. Members:$40/Non-Members:$55. Click here to register.

Purchase the Birds of Fairchild book today

Written by renowned avian expert and author, James Kushlan and photographed beautifully by Kirsten Hines, this book is a comprehensive guide to the birds of South Florida with specific references to those birds you can find at Fairchild. The book features a detailed map of the Kushlan Bird Trail at Fairchild as well as practical information to make spotting our resident birds easily. You can order your copy here

Vendors and Exhibitors

List coming soon

Travel information

The Bird Festival takes place at Fairchild, located in Coral Gables, Florida, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Sonesta Coconut GroveThe Biltmore Hotel and the Miami Marriott Dadeland

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The Fairchild Bird Festival is made possible by the generous support of the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program at Fairchild. 

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