The Fox Cities Butterfly Festival started in 2008 as a fundraiser to benefit Parent Connection, a program of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. Parent Connection is a parent education and early learning program serving the Fox Valley and Oshkosh.

In 2019, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin handed over the leadership and direction of the Fox Cities Butterfly Festival to the Appleton- Fox Cities Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The club has been serving the children of the Fox Cities and beyond since 1972.

The Fox Cities Butterfly Festival is a family fun event held each June at City Park in Appleton, WI. Event profits will help fund the Kiwanis iPads for Autism program, the Kiwanis ‘n Cops ‘n Kids Reading program, and various local Kiwanis child-focused, non-profit organizations in the Fox Cities.

Families, children, and individuals attend the Fox Cities Butterfly Festival to learn about butterflies, participate in family-friendly games & activities and enjoy snacks.

The event culminates with a group butterfly release symbolizing the support of community groups and Kiwanis in their work and service to “Help Families Fly”.