Philadelphia Science Festival

crowd enjoying the 2011 Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a 10-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in the spring. It features a science carnival, as well as lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

Philadelphia Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Staff from the Academy will bring wild science—complete with dinosaur fossils, live animals, and interactive activities—outside the museum during the Philadelphia Science Festival Science Carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. On Saturday, May 2, Academy staff will join 175 other exhibitors for this free carnival, which includes family-friendly experiments, activities, games, and a packed lineup of live entertainment.

Find the Academy at these great Science Festival Events:

Sunday, April 26

Fishtown Science Crawl

Take pub hopping to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl! Enjoy great drink specials as you explore your favorite Fishtown spots and enjoy hands-on science activities from hactronics to squinking (painting with squid ink, obviously).
Sunday April 26
Time: 2-5 pm
Tickets: FREE to attend, $5 wristband for Happy Hour pricing at all venues
Location: Fishtown – Bottle Bar East; Fette Sau; Frankford Hall; Kensington Quarters 
Monday April, 27

Science on Tap’s Science Quizzo

What do you get when you combine chemistry, anatomy, Star Trek, natural history, Harry Potter, and beer? Science on Tap Quizzo! Your favorite pub science wunderkinds invite you back to everyone’s favorite scientific trivia throwdown. Join Quizmaster Jason Richardson of the Black Tribbles (2014 Geeks of the Year) for a night of (un)scholarly-like competition.
Monday April 27
Time: 6-8 pm
Tickets: Free, no registration
Location: National Mechanics Bar (22 South 3rd Street Philadelphia 19106)

Neighborhood Science After School

What better way to celebrate science than in your own backyard? Join the Philadelphia Science Festival at your neighborhood library after school for a celebration of science exploration! Scientists, engineers, and other experts will share their knowledge to provide FUN and FREE programs, including interactive activities, family friendly experiments, and hands-on demonstrations for all to enjoy. 
Monday April 27
Who Really Rules The Earth?
Theme: Meet live invertebrates while learning about their critical impact on our world.
Location: Torresdale Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (3079 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia, 19135)

Big Ideas for Busy People 
Monday April 27
7:00– 8:30 pm, doors open at 6:00pm 
WHYY, 150 North 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
$10.00, FREE for WHYY Members

From advances in detecting ovarian cancer, to electronic brain stimulation, to the unearthing of a new dinosaur, to using chemistry to preserve priceless art, countless groundbreaking discoveries are made right here in Philadelphia. Spend time with some dynamic local scientists and engineers who are making heads turn and profoundly impacting our understanding of the world around us!
Doors open at 6:30pm. Come early to experience hands on activities and a pre-program reception.

Featured talks include: 
  • Ken Lacovara – Insights from the biggest dinosaur skeleton ever found
  • George Preti – Developing odor-based sensors for ovarian cancer detection
  • Roy Hamilton – Enhancing human mental performance with noninvasive brain stimulation
  • George Brainard – Better lighting for better sleep in spaceflight
  • Denise Wong – Tiny bio-robots for microscale medicine and engineering
  • Melinda Keefe – The chemistry of art conservation
  • Michel Barsoum – Molding conductive 'clay' into the next generation of batteries

Wednesday April, 29

Nerd Nite

There are no conspiracy theories at this PSF-edition of Nerd Nite. Join myth busting nerds and examine popular myths and their logical rebuttals. From cryptozoology, to gluten free diets and forensics, see what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Tickets: $5 
Time: 7:30 pm, doors open at 4:00 pm
Location: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 
Thursday April, 30

Educator Workshop

Improve your understanding of science content while exploring new ways to engage students. Dinosaurs continue to inspire awe, but what exactly classifies an animal as a dinosaur? Examine fossils, artifacts, and museum specimens and learn how to create a fun and exciting paleontology experience in your own classroom. For k-5 educators.

Time: 5-7 pm
Location: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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