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On the first weekend in May, the Mariposa Butterfly Festival celebrates the Spanish name of our historic Gold Rush town, "mariposa," meaning "butterfly."
The festival is one of Mariposa County's biggest events, with guests from all over the world coming to enjoy the parade, entertainment, crafts, ** a classic car show **, and, of course, the releasing of over 5000 butterflies.
Our popular ** Taste of Mariposa ** event will be returning on April 14 this year, and the ** Little Miss Butterfly ** contest will also be back, with applications due by April 20. Then festival weekend will kick off on Saturday May 5th at 10 AM with a parade, and continue through Sunday May 6th.
Many thanks to our generous sponsors for making this festival possible: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, Insect Lore, Raley's Supermarkets, and Sierra Tel - and more to come!
If you would like to donate to the festival, participate in the parade or as a vendor, or just learn more about the Mariposa Butterfly Festival, please follow the links below.