Every August, the Academy invites bug lovers of all ages to join us for an exciting weekend in celebration of everyone’s favorite creepy crawlies…insects! Enjoy new activities and shows each year, plus revisit some old favorites—back by popular demand.
Talk with real scientists, learn about insects from all over the world, and see specimens from the Academy’s behind-the-scenes collections. Eat bugs, get your face painted, and sit back and relax as you enjoy a buggy show. In our epic Roach Race 500, you can root for your favorite cockroach racer as it scuttles toward the finish line.
Bug Fest is free with general admission to the Academy. Click here to purchase advanced tickets.
Bug Fest 2014: Beauty and the Bug
On Saturday and Sunday, August 9–10, celebrate the beauty of insects at Beauty and the Bug, the Academy’s seventh annual buggy festival. Learn about how insects have inspired art and culture, and experience opening weekend of the Academy’s Art of Science Gallery exhibit Pinned: Insect Art, Insect Science. Talk with an Academy entomologist about why insects are so important to the environment. Examine scores of live insects, cheer your favorite cockroach racer to victory in our famous Roach Race 500, and watch insects make their own art. Plus you can take in a bug cook-off, see specimens, get your face painted, and check out creepy crawly shows and demonstrations.
Click here for the complete list of Bugfest 2014 activities!