Santa Cruz River Dragonfly Festival

September 1, 2024 - September 30, 2024

Santa Cruz River Dragonfly Festival 

SEPTEMBER 1–30, 2024

Free events

Join us for our 6th annual celebration of dragonflies on the Santa Cruz River with a Dragonfly Festival. There are many ways to learn and explore, from a community science bioblitz, to making a dragonfly craft, to joining a tour with local experts. Find a way to participate that will be fun for you!


Dragonfly BioBlitz – All September: Join our community science bioblitz, partnering with Michael Bogan, to learn how to spot dragonflies and contribute sightings using iNaturalist. Details: Dragonfly BioBlitz

Bugs and Brews – September 18, 6-9 PM: Explore the captivating world of dragonflies, tarantulas, and scorpions with Michael Bogan, Rocio Guzman, and Jorge Jimenez, in collaboration with the Sonoran Institute. Register: Bugs & Brews

Make Your Own DragonflyStarting September 23: Craft a dragonfly with a family-friendly kit developed by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; share your creation on social media with #scrdragonflyday. Kits will be available for pick-up while supplies last at Pima County libraries and at Mission Gardens.

Dragonflies 101 – September TBD, 7-8 PM: Attend a virtual presentation to learn about dragonflies with Jeff Babson from Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation. Register: Dragonfly 101

Guided Dragonfly Tour – September 28, 9 AM – 12 PM: Join Sonoran Institute and local experts to search for dragonflies at one of three locations. Discover dragonflies with experts at three locations, including walking river tours in the Santa Cruz River channel. Family friendly and open to all, no prior knowledge required. 


Dragonflies of the Santa Cruz River: PIMA COUNTY BROCHURE

Living River – Restoring Riparian Habitat along the Santa Cruz River: PIMA COUNTY BROCHURE

Arizona Dragonflies 

Santa Cruz River Dragonfly Festival is series of FREE events brought to you by Pima County Regional Flood Control District, Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, Sonoran Institute, Town of Marana Parks and Recreation, UArizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Tucson Water, and Mission Garden. Special thanks to Tucson Electric Power for sponsorship of the Dragonfly Tours and to Pima County Libraries for distribution of the dragonfly kits.