8th Annual Bird Festival

8th Annual Bird Festival

When: Thursday, October 5, 2017 9:30 AM to Sunday, October 8, 2017 4:30 PM

Bird Festival at Fairchild

Postponed - check back soon for new dates and useful information about birding post hurricane Irma. 

Whether you are an experienced birder or just want to get in on the action as a beginner, the 7th Annual Bird Festival at Fairchild is for you.

Learn to identify birds, about birding hotspots, and the rich avifauna found right here in the Garden. Vendors and expert advice will be on hand to help you become an expert birder as well as to help you make your own yard into a bird and wildlife paradise.

View last year's program here!

Go Birding!

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 79th 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 Digital Photo Contests

Calling all photographers! Enter a photograph for a chance to have your photos used in Fairchild marketing materials for next year’s event, displayed throughout the Garden and to win an annual Membership!

Photos must follow the theme of the Birds of South Florida. To submit a photo, tag Fairchild on Instagram and use the hashtag #FTBGBirdPics2016 or submit your photo via email to bird@fairchildgarden.org and we’ll upload it for you. 

Are you budding amateur photographer? You can submit a photo, too! To submit a photo, tag Fairchild on Instagram and use the hashtag #FTBGKidsBirdPics2016 or submit your photo via email to littlebird@fairchildgarden.org and we’ll upload it for you! 

Click here for more information and the official contest rules! 

Share the bird love #FairchidBirding!

Be sure to share the fun you're having by posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook #Fairchild Birding #Fairchild. Why not even Periscope while you're here?  And, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Admission Pricing

The Bird Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 

Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Join today and save on the ticket price!

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Bird Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now!

Convert your admission toward a Fairchild Membership during the event

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Bird Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

There's plenty to do at the Bird Festival!

Lectures by expert naturalists, conservationists and birders, food, entertainment, guided bird watching both in the Garden and elsewhere—as the event nears, check back for a full itinerary of each day's events.

Saturday October 1

Check back soon for a complete list of lectures!

Sunday October 2

Check back soon for a complete list of lectures!

All weekend

Engage with Fairchild educators and learn about migration, encouraging wildlife at home and get a glimpse of the wings of various birds and see how your own wingspan measures compared to the birds! And, don't miss the Critter Walk on Saturday at 12:00 pm, starting from KidWay! 


Check back soon for a complete list of vendors! 

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

In partnership with

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

Become a sponsor today.

Support bird conservation at Fairchild

Adopt a Red-shouldered Hawk, an Anhinga or an Ibis today and support our conservation efforts. Learn more...

Connect with Fairchild

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Press and Media Inquiry 

Please contact Maureen Tan, Public Relations Manager at 305.667.1651, ext. 3392 or mtan@fairchildgarden.org. 

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