The Plaza, Jones Street, and the first floor of the Nature Exploration Center (main building) will be teeming with live bands, bug stations, and lots of bugs to eat!

ABC — Art, Bugs, Conversation
Get up close and personal with bugs when they are combined with other natural elements to create a work of art. Guess the everyday objects by placing your hand in a box, then see how they are reused rather than being thrown out. By remapping our creative processes, insects are reborn to become a beautiful and educational conversation piece for your home or office!

Arthropod Olympics
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Become an Arthropod Olympian!  Participate in three events: Dung Ball Races, Ant Races and Bee Races and win a medal and all the glory a bug deserves!

Battling Beetles
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Delve into the violent world of large scarab beetles.  Learn how males duke it out to win the favor of a female.  Test your beetle ID skills at the beetle spinner game!

Bug Bites! Bite Them Before They Bite You!
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Join us for a meet-and-eat!  See bugs cooked right before your eyes and sample some delicious buggy treats.

Buggy Make-n-Take
The Scrap Exchange
Make your own insect — or any other type of arthropod — with wacky, fun, colorful materials from The Scrap Exchange!

Bug-themed Hair Accessories
“A Love Atelier” Handmade Accessories
“A Love Atelier” will be selling handmade hair accessories like hair bows, hair clips, headbands, and flower crowns, as well as other accessories like maternity sashes, bow holders, and more. Each of their pieces will be adorned with a cute “bug.”

Conservation | Collaboration | Community | Celebration
Apiopolis Urban Bee Sanctuary
Learn about their efforts to improve the health and habitat of honeybees and native pollinators, support our local food system and our community through natural, sustainable beekeeping practices, native plantings and educational opportunities!

Cool Crustaceans
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Get a load of that lobster!  Come see a giant lobster molt and meet a few real-live crustaceans.

Crayfish Escape Artists!
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Quick! Act fast to help crayfish avoid predators! Step right up to play a game and craft your own crayfish buddy to take home.

Doodlebugs Chalk Art
Paul Dumlao
Come see colorful chalk illustrations of crayfish from around the world by local artist Paul Dumlao! Join in the fun and create your own original designs with sidewalk chalk!

Exterminati Sunt Mecchanica
Zendustria Studios, LLC
A unique twist on scientific illustration — drawings and paintings of biomechanical transformations of some of our most unique insect neighbors!

Face Painting
Best Face Forward Creations
Children and adults can become what or who they want at this years BugFest! Make your day memorable with a unique and beautiful face painting design!

Flight of the Hawkmoth
UNC Biology
Flight demonstrations by hawkmoths – large, active moths which hover and feed like hummingbirds.

Heroic Horseshoe Crabs
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
It’s a crab!  It’s a spider!  It’s neither…it’s a horseshoe crab!  Come learn about this ancient animal and how they are modern heroes in the biomedical field.

Insect Art and Accessories
La Chicharra
A variety of insect- and nature-inspired accessories, home goods, art, and more.

Insect Macrophotography
Overview of techniques in insect macro photography.

Meet the Speaker
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Meet BugFest speaker Dr. Zen Faulkes. Dr. Faulkes will be happy to tell you more about crayfish, sand crabs and other crustaceans!

Ocelli Creations
Handmade insect jewelry featuring butterfly wings, honey bees, dragonflies, and more! No critters are harmed in the making.

Operation Entomology
Come learn about insects, arachnids and mollusks and even handle some! Also enjoy their expansive collection of preserved insects, pick up a few coloring worksheets and learn how to save our native insects.

Real Framed Insects!
The Artsy Arthropod
Decorate any space with beautiful insects! Beetles, butterflies, bees, and more, all expertly curated and framed by an entomologist!

Roachingham 500 Cockroach Races
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Watch Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches race! We’ll do a few rounds of Buggy Bingo in between Roach Races, so come check out our station.

Sandy Feat
Navigate to the Plaza to see the one, the only, the AMAZING Sandy Feat Sand Sculpture! This year’s fabulous creation will feature BugFest’s 2018 theme arthropod, the crayfish! Watch as the sculptors etch away the sand to reveal the snazzy crayfish scene, create your own masterpiece at the base and ask questions of the sculptors.

Scorpions and Their Kin
Harrell House Bug Museum
Did you know there are many other arachnids besides spiders? Come learn about the other arachnids including scorpions, vinegaroons, whipspiders and more!

Spider Diversity
Shaw University
This exhibit focuses on the diversity of spiders and their behavior.

Stag Beetle Battles
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Jump into a stag beetle costume and enter the arena!  The battles begin!  See if you can triumph over your friend and win the day!

Supporting the Insects that Make Our Farm & Garden Work
Xerces Society & Natural Resources Conservation Service East National Technology Support Center
Xerces Society works with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to promote conservation that supports insect diversity on farms and in our communities. Learn about native plants and the wildlife they support, and see some of the native bees common in North Carolina.

Tarantulas and Other Spiders
Harrell House Bug Museum
Come face to face with live giant tarantulas from around the world as well as spiders you might meet in your own back yard!

Todos Leyendo Spanish Bookstore
We will be bringing a collection of bug-themed books in Spanish for sale. Good quality Spanish language books are hard to find, and this will be an all-bugs book display!

T-Shirt Sales
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Check out the 2018 BugFest t-shirt featuring the our theme arthropod … the crayfish!  Vintage shirts will also be available.

What Is a Bug?
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Know your arthropods!  Arthropods range from insects to crustaceans to arachnids and more!  Come learn the similarities and differences and meet some live critters on your entomological quest!

Whizzpop’s Fantastic Fleas
Professor Whizzpop
Professor Whizzpop’s Fantastic Fleas is an amazing new show featuring mighty mites and fabulous fleas performing feats of daring and death-defying stunts. Meet the resident strongman, Hercu-flea, and watch as he lifts two hundred times his own body weight! Be awe inspired by juggling fleas or the incredible Rosa Flea, the high diver!

William Fisher Arthropod Photography
William Fisher Photography
Unique close-up photos of arthropods for viewing and sale.

Who Else Eats Your Food? Welcome to the World of Agricultural Pests
Crops today are bombarded by lots of different bugs. AgBiome is trying to come up with novel solutions to solve this problem. Stop by their booth to learn about and meet some of our major agricultural pests!

Wire Art Insects
JD Wire Art
Hand-crafted wire and bead art made by Jonathan Daniel, Zimbabwean wire artist.

Wonderful World of Orthoptera
NC Entomological Society
Leap into the world of Orthoptera and meet some amazing critters!  Fly with the grasshoppers, dig with the mole crickets and sing with the katydids!