Hummingbird Festival

Join Ijams for the seventh annual Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival!

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
8 a.m.-2 p.m.

NEW IN 2017! For the first time ever, Ijams is hosting an art contest to design the T-shirt for this year’s event. T-shirts will be sold during the event, as well as in the Ijams Gift Shop after the event. To learn more, please read the art submission guidelines and contest rules. Entries can be submitted via email to:


CALL TO ARTISTS:  The 7th Annual Hummingbird Festival is looking for local artists, crafters, and plant nurseries to showcase their work at this year’s festival. Click on link below for information about being a vendor at the event and for the application to apply.

Hummingbird Festival Vendor Application 2017


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:

Citizen Science
Tiffany Beachy, Citizen Science Cooridnator (Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont)

Gardening for Monarchs
Christie Collins, Naturalist (Ijams Nature Center)

Backyard Butterflies
Steve McGaffin, Curator of Education (Zoo Knoxville)

Owlology 101
Stephen Lyn Bales, Senior Naturalist (Ijams Nature Center)

Secrets of Backyard Birds
Liz Cutrone, Owner (Wild Birds Unlimited)

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard
Chris Mahoney, Master Gardener Volunteer (Reflection Riding Arboretum)

A Hummingbird for all Seasons
Mark Armstrong, Director (East Tennessee Avian Research, Inc.)


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