Hummingbird Festival

The 9th Annual
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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


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 and activities.

Ticket Prices:
$8 Admission (ages 12 and up)
$4 Children (ages 5-11)
FREE (Children 4 and under)
$20 Family (Parents/Guardians plus up to 4 children)


Parking for this event is available in all Ijams parking lots.


The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival also features local art and craft vendors that specialize in products that showcase nature! Come browse our marketplace of photography, pottery, jewelry, textiles, and more! This event also features local nurseries with a wide variety of native plants designed to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators to your yard!


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!

Sponsorships are now available for the 2019 event! For more information, please contact Cindy Hassil at (865) 577-4717, ext. 117 or