September 21, 2019


Each year more than 30,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. We provide the opportunity for you to interact with entomologists and other scientists so you can continue learning about the fascinating world of bugs. We also feature Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part is, it’s all free!

2019 Theme Arthropod: Beetles!

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

Stop by to learn how you can get un-beetle-able perks at BugFest, including free swag, Italian ice, a members-only animal feeding and access to the Cafe Insecta Member Fast Lane! VIP badges will be available for the first 500 members. Get a free BugFest T-shirt when you join/renew Museum membership from September 7 to 21 with code “BeetleTee19,” or onsite during the event.

BUGFEST: Inside the Museum

All four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun!

The first floor of the Nature Exploration Center is open from 9am to 7pm.

BUGFEST: Outdoors

9am–7 pm
Jones Street, Bicentennial Plaza, and Edenton Street will be teeming with activities, bug stations and a street carnival.

If you need any accommodations to attend the event, please contact Kari Wouk.

Send us an email at the following links if you are interested in:

Presenting Sponsors:

Event Partner:

Pepsi Bottling Ventures