Hummingbird Festival

The sixth annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Banding demonstrations will take place from 8 am – 11:30 am ONLY. After that time, it is too hot to capture the hummingbirds.

Speaker Schedule:


9 am: Birding 101 (Dr. Louise Conrad, Ijams Nature Center)

10 am: Backyard Butterflies (Steve McGaffin, Zoo Knoxville)

11 am: TBD

12 pm: Owl-0logy 101 (Stephen Lyn Bales, Ijams Nature Center)

Main Room:

9:30 am: Secrets of Backyard Birds (Stephen Lyn Bales, Ijams Nature Center)

10:30 am: Bats of Tennessee (Dr. Riley Bernard, University of Tennessee)

11:30 am: Chickadee Chatter (Dr. Todd Frieburg)

12:30 pm: A Hummingbird for all Seasons (Mark Armstrong and Billie Cantwell)

Organic Garden Outdoor Classroom:

10 am: Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard

11 am: Gardening with Kids

12 am: Pollinator Plants

Ticket prices:

  • $7 Adults (ages 12 and up)
  • $3 Kids (ages 5-11)
  • FREE (children 4 and under)
  • $20 Family (parents plus children)


Due to the popularity of this festival, Ijams is offering a free shuttle from the old Sevier Heights Baptist Church at 3706 Sevier Heights Rd. Knoxville, TN 37920. The shuttle will run from 7:30 am to 3 pm and will pick up/drop off in front of the Visitor Center.

Special Thanks:

Thanks to this year’s generous sponsors:2016 HBF Sponsors

Buff-bellied Sponsors

Calliope Sponsors

Volunteer Hospitality Room

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2016 festival. For more information, please contact Cindy Hassil at 865-577-4717 x 117 or Vendor applications are now closed.

Presented by the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center, visitors have the opportunity to see ruby-throated hummingbirds up-close at a banding demonstration by Mark Armstrong, a certified Master Bander.

IMG_5427_juvenile ruby-throat and cardinal flower_VHenderson 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 festival features speakers on nature topics, wildlife educational demonstrations, guided walks and vendors selling food and drinks, plants, locally made arts and crafts, bird feeders and supplies as well as garden items.

Watch a brief clip from last year’s wonderful festival!