Hummingbird Festival

Join Ijams for the eighth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival presented by WBIR-TV Channel 10!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Festival Hours: 8 am – 2 pm
Banding Demonstrations: 8 – 11:30 am*

*COME EARLY! Banding is weather dependent, and may end earlier if hummingbirds can’t be captured

Ticket Prices:
$7 Admission (ages 12 and up)
$3 Children (ages 5-11)
FREE (Children 4 and under)
$20 Family (Parents plus children)


Parking for this event is available in all Ijams parking lots. Visitors also can park at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area (3140 McClure Ln, Knoxville, TN 37920) and take a shuttle to the event.


Please note that we do not allow dogs at the Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival. Although dogs are welcome at many of Ijams events, the Hummingbird Festival is not a good fit since all of the speakers are indoors (where dogs are not allowed) and dogs are not allowed at the banding station. Thanks!

About the Event

The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival began as a joint effort between Ijams and the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. The event features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies, and garden items. The main highlight of this event is the opportunity for visitors to get close to ruby-throated hummingbirds and learn about them during banding demonstrations by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander.

hummingbird vickie Hummingbirds are harmlessly captured, weighed, measured and banded before being sent on their way. Banding provides a way to document hummingbird movement during migration. August and September are busy migration months in Tennessee with thousands of hummingbirds moving south on their way to wintering grounds in Central America and southern Mexico.

The event also features a full schedule of wonderful education presentations. Following is the 2018 schedule of events.

2018 Event Schedule

Main Speaker Hall (Visitor Center)

  • 9:30 am     Secrets of Backyard Birds (Liz Cutrone and Tiffiny Hamlin, Wild Birds Unlimited)
  • 10:30 am   Ephemeral Birds (Stephen Lyn Bales, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 11:30 am    Gardening for Hummingbirds (Chris Mahone, Propagation Specialist)
  • 12:30 pm   Hummingbirds for all Seasons (Mark Armstrong)

Glassroom Speakers (Visitor Center)

  • 9:00 am         Birding 101 (Dr. Louise Conrad, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 10:00 am       Citizen Science (Tiffany Beachy, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont)
  • 11:00 am        Native Bees: Beyond the Hive (Jeremy Clothier, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 12:00 pm       Backyard Butterflies (Steve McGaffin, Zoo Knoxville)

Children’s Activities:

9 am – 2 pm   Children’s Crafts (Visitor Center Classroom)

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Rufous Presenting Sponsor


Ruby-Throated Sponsor


Calliope Sponsors

Special thanks to The Round-Up Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

Want a taste of what you can learn before you come to the event? Please enjoy this audio recording from the 2016 presentation by Stephen Lyn Bales entitled The Secrets of Backyard Birds.