September 13–19, 2021

Carpenter bee on sunflower
BugFest will bee a little different this year…welcome to BugFest 2021: Plan Bee!  Enjoy virtual programing Monday-Thursday and join us for three in-person BugFest events!  Friday night, those 21+ can join us for a Buggy Cocktail Party, Saturday, bring the family out to Prairie Ridge for a Pollination Celebration and Sunday, we invite families to join us for a Bee Afternoon Tea!  Of course, our theme arthropod this year is the BEE!

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2021 Theme Arthropod: Bees!

BugFest 2021 Programs:

  • Virtual Programs
  • Honey Bee Jamboree: A Buggy Cocktail Party
  • Pollination Celebration at Prairie Ridge
  • Bee Afternoon Tea

What’s in a name? BugFest celebrates all arthropods, a group that includes insects, spiders and scorpions, centipedes and millipedes, crayfish and crabs and many other creatures, as well as true bugs, like cicadas and planthoppers.

Friends of the Museum

Learn how you can get bee-utiful perks at BugFest, including a free BugFest T-shirt when you join/renew Museum membership from September 1 to 19 with code “BEETEE21”.

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