2023 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF OWLS : Houston, MN

2023 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF OWLS

Immerse yourself in owls at this annual, full-weekend,
all-owl festival that has inspired other owl events around the country and world.
Highlights include at least 7 species of live owls, owl prowls to call
in wild owls, a birding and natural history bus trip, and the World Owl Hall of
Fame awards. Families can build an owl nest box, dissect an owl pellet, make
owl crafts, buy owl merchandise, see kids’ owl art from around the world, and
have a hoot eating owl-themed food. The whole city of Houston gets involved!

https://www.festivalofowls.com/

Dates

  • Friday, March 03, 2023
  • Saturday, March 04, 2023
  • Sunday, March 05, 2023
  • Jane Seitz from the Illinois raptor center holds a snowy owl in front of a crowd. (c) Alan Stankevitz
2023 Schedule (tentative)
Feb. 27- Mar. 3: Medallion Hunt

Friday, March 3, 2023 
11:00: Program at International Owl Center*
12:30: Program at International Owl Center*
2:00: Program at International Owl Center*
6:00: Family Owl Prowl bus trip (pre-registration required, additional fees)
6:00: Adult-Only Owl Prowl bus trip (pre-registration required, additional fees)
*Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for ages 4-17

Saturday, March 4, 2023  (events at Houston High School unless otherwise noted)
All day, on your own: story stroll (location and book TBD)
8:00 – 12:00: Owl Face Pancake Breakfast (Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, $7 ages 13 & up, $4 for ages 4-12)
9:00 – 4:30:  Vendors & Face-painting & international children’s owl art show +
9:30 – 10:30: Live Owl Program by Illinois Raptor Center +
10:00 – 4:00: Visit the International Owl Center & gift shop, live owls on display +
10:30 – 2:30: Owl Nest Box Building and Owl Pellet Dissection ($/box, $5/pellet) +
10:30 – 2:30: Kids’ Crafts +
11:00: Short Meet an Owl program (International Owl Center) +
1:00 – 2:00: Hooting Masterclass and Kids Owl Calling Contest +
2:00: Short Meet an Owl program (International Owl Center) +
3:00: Live Owl Program by Illinois Raptor Center +
7:00 PM: Program by World Owl Hall of Fame Special Achievement Award Winner Milan Ružić (Hurricane Hub), pre-registration required)
+ Festival wristband required: $10/adult, $7 ages 4-17, members and ages 3 & under free

Sunday, March 5, 2023 (events at Houston High School unless otherwise noted)
​All day, on your own: story stroll (location and book TBD)
8:00 – 12:00:  Birding, Natural History & Geology car caravan trip (Meet at Houston Nature Center, pre-registration required)
9:30 – 1:00: Vendors & Face-painting & international children’s owl art show +
10:00 – 4:00:  Visit the International Owl Center & gift shop, live owls on display +
10:00: Live Owl Program by Illinois Raptor Center +
11:00 – 1:00: Owl Nest Box Building and Owl Pellet Dissection ($/box, $5/pellet) +
11:00 – 1:00: Kids’ Crafts +
11:00: Short Meet an Owl program (International Owl Center) +
11:30: Plans for the International Owl Center’s new facility +
1:00: Flammulated Owl presentation by Markus Mika +
2:00: Short Meet an Owl program (International Owl Center) +
+ Festival wristband required: $10/adult, $7 ages 4-17, members and ages 3 & under free

Other fun things to do in Houston
Parade of Owls art tour of 12 public owl sculptures around town
Street banners featuring kids owl art from around the world (can you find the three from Ukraine?)

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For screen readers: Festival event locations are as follows. Owl Center, 126 East Cedar Street. High School, 306 West Elm Street. Hurricane Hub, 202 South Sheridan Street. Trailhead Park 215 West Plum Street. Lutheran Church, 210 South Chase Street. Restaurants in Houston: Barista’s Coffee, 110 North Grant Street. River Valley Convenience, 103 East Cedar Street. BP and Houston Food Mart, Highway 16 East. SubZero Pizza, 210 East Cedar Street. JT’s Bar and Grill, 125 East Cedar Street.

Header: Fluff Ball Brothers (c) Preston Hone

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Date

Mar 03 - 05 2023

Time

All Day