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Butterfly Day at the Mermaid

Butterfly Day at the Mermaid 

Butterfly Day has its roots in the relatively modest “Monarch Day at the Mermaid” beginning back in 2015. There was  a little pop-up live-butterfly habitat, native plants for sale, and free milkweed for neighbors. Later, in collaboration with Topanga Elementary School, it became, “Butterfly Day at the Mermaid” and has grown and evolved to become a cherished Topanga tradition. 

Butterfly Day features live butterflies, live music all day, and live representatives from dozens of environmental and community organizations. There’s face-painting, arts and crafts, and food and beverages. The whole Jimenez family—Sergio, Yaotl, Luna, Coyolli, and little Lluvia—will be selling their native, pesticide-free butterfly plants. And there are some big surprises this year—namely, a live raptor and reptile show, and “Sonic Butterfly,” a 26-string acoustic, chromatic, long-string harp, designed by Andrea Brook. The strings will span 100 feet over the audience in the front yard, transforming the Mermaid into a breathtaking immersive musical instrument.

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