Hummingbird Festival

Join Ijams for the seventh annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival!

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

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

*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 will take place in all Ijams Nature Center parking lots. In addition, visitors 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 Hummingbird Festival. Although dogs are welcome at many of our events, the Hummingbird Festival is just not a good fit since all of the speakers and the children’s crafts are indoors (where dogs are not allowed) and dogs are not allowed at the banding station. Since those activities are the bulk of the festival, we do not allow dogs at this event. 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. But 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.



Also part of the event is a full schedule of wonderful education presentations:

Main Speaker Hall (Visitor Center)

  • 9:30 am     Owl-ology 101 (Stephen Lyn Bales, Ijams Nature Center)
  • 10:30 am   Secrets of Backyard Birds (Liz Cutrone, Wild Birds Unlimited)
  • 11:30 am    Gardening for Hummingbirds (Chris Mahone, Propagation Specialist)
  • 12:30 pm   Hummingbird 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        Attracting Monarchs to Your Yard (Christie Collins, 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)

8:30 am          Hungry, Hungry Hummingbirds
(Join us for a fun and energetic game about how hummingbirds feed.)

10:00 am        Stories and Songbirds
(Spend some time hearing stories and singing songs about nature!)

11:00 am         Hummingbird Hustle
(You’ll need the energy of a hummingbird to play this fast-paced game!)

12:30 pm         Stories and Songbirds
(Spend some time hearing stories and singing songs about nature!)

While you are anxiously awaiting the 2017 event, please enjoy this audio recording from the 2016 presentation by Stephen Lyn Bales entitled The Secrets of Backyard Birds.