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9 days. Over 80 events. More than 75 THOUSAND attendees. 1 goal.



Welcome to The Philadelphia Science Festival—a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science. Together, The Franklin Institute and more than 200 collaborators from the region's leading educational, cultural, and scientific institutions are joining forces to educate, inspire, and excite the Delaware Valley around the science present in our everyday lives. From vegetable gardens to beer gardens; from public parks to fossil parks; and from chemistry labs to tinker labs--we invite you to get curious, get creative, and most of all...GET NERDY.




FRIDAY, APRIL 20


CITYWIDE STAR PARTY

People all across the Delaware Valley turn their eyes to the skies for a one-night-only citywide celebration of the cosmos! Join your friends and neighbors to stare at the stars, contemplate the constellations, and be amazed by astronomy—right in your own backyard. Local astronomers will bring dozens of telescopes to more than 20 stargazing sites across the region to educate and inspire us all to better understand our universe. 


Free

Various Times | Various locations 





SATURDAY, APRIL 21 


SCIENCE IN THE PARK

Who says science, technology, engineering, and math can’t sometimes be a “walk in the park”? Let us inspire and excite your family with all the wonder that discovery can bring through a day of hands-on activities in two of the city’s most beloved parks. Teach your kids the fundamentals of curiosity and experimentation as the community comes together to delight in the science that surrounds us every day. 


Free

12:00–4:00 pm

Hunting Park︱900 West Hunting Park Avenue

Clark Park︱4300-4398 Baltimore Avenue




PATENT PENDING: MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE TOP

Let your imagination take the driver’s seat in this evening encouraging adults 21+ to make, build, and design. Presented by the American Philosophical Society and NextFab, this program will help you to unlock your inner inventor. Learn about the practicalities of patents from a noted inventor, and try your hand at winning a unique design challenge, all while you sip on a tasty beverage!


$10 Tickets, 21+

6:00—8:00 pm

NextFab︱2025 Washington Avenue




SUNDAY, APRIL 22

BE A SCIENTIST!
Step into the “labs” of the area’s paleontologists, marine biologists, ecologists, and more as Philly’s premier research institutions, hospitals, universities, and museums allow exclusive insider access at 21 different locations for one day only. Learn from the experts themselves about what makes their fields so incredible and why being a scientist or engineer can be the best job in the world! 

Free or free with admission

Various Times | Various Locations 



BEER BRUNCH: FIZZICS CLASS

It’s a fizzy, fun, and fascinating day with our friends at Yards Brewing Company as we explore the fundamentals of foam. In this hands-on day of testing and tasting, learn the science behind the foam in our foods and beverages, and understand the impact that these bubbles have on our sensory experience. You’ll leave this program one step aHEAD of your fellow craft brew aficionados! Content presented by University of the Sciences. Ticket price includes light brunch and beer samples. 


$35 Tickets, 21+

11:30 am–1:30 pm

Yards Brewing Company︱500 Spring Garden Street





FISHTOWN SCIENCE CRAWL
Take “Sunday Funday” to a whole new level during the Fishtown Science Crawl. With drink specials, explosive science demonstrations, and awe-inspiring activities at many of Fishtown’s most popular venues, this is the nerdiest bar crawl you’ll ever experience. So raise a pint in the name of science and buckle up for the most mind-blowing brunch you’ll ever have!
 
Free to attend
$5 wristband for food and drink specials
2:00–5:00 pm 
Various locations along the Frankford Avenue Corridor




MONDAY, APRIL 23

SCIENCE ON TAP UNTAPPED: SCHOOLED BY SCIENCE
The pursuit of higher education in science is more than just lab work and dissertations. Join us for a special PSF Science on Tap that will explore the many ways science has really taught us lessons. Six speakers will share hilarious and true stories of what they learned during the course of their studies. Between these flash-talks, you can decide who makes the grade and toast to a universal truth: sometimes you test the hypothesis, sometimes the hypothesis tests you. 

Science on Tap is sponsored by a consortium of six Philadelphia institutions: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, Science History Institute, Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Penn Museum, and Wagner Free Institute of Science. 

Free, 21+
6:00–8:00 pm
National Mechanics︱22 South 3rd Street


THE FUTURE OF FOOD

From culturing algae to cultivating insect proteins to recycling food waste, technology offers inventive ways to sustainably nourish a global population expected to grow nearly 40% by 2050. However, a multidisciplinary approach is needed to bring food and agricultural technologies from the realm of ideas to the reality of daily life. Join scientists from the Monell Center and Drexel University’s Center for Food & Hospitality Management and Department of Nutrition Sciences for a discussion on food sustainability from sensory, nutritional, and culinary perspectives. Tickets include a “scientifically delicious” tasting menu of nutritious, sustainable foods prepared by Drexel students and faculty. 


$25 Ticket | $35 Ticket + wine pairings

6:00—8:00 pm

Drexel Bistro︱101 North 33rd Street






TUESDAY, APRIL 24 
 
COMMUNITY NIGHT: PSF EDITION
The Franklin Institute welcomes guests for a free evening of educational experiences that include the museum’s famous permanent exhibits (like the beloved The Giant Heart and the award-winning Your Brain), special programs and shows, and hands-on activities from Philadelphia Science Festival partner organizations. 

Free
5:00–8:00 pm
The Franklin Institute︱222 North 20th Street




WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

FOR THE LOVE OF SCIENCE: AN EVENING OF STORYTELLING 
Our stories define us, connect us, and teach us—they illuminate new discoveries, and remind us of ancient lessons. Join local scientists and researchers as they explore the moment that science sparked their passion. In the format of a story slam, each presenter will take the stage to share their true story in their own words—giving voice to their inspiration and celebrating the universal joy that curiosity and wonder bring us all. Presented by the Science History Institute and First Person Arts. 

$5 Ticket
6:00–8:00 pm
Science History Institute︱315 Chestnut Street



THURSDAY, APRIL 26

SCIENCE IN THE NATIONAL PARK
There is so much science to celebrate in the birthplace of our country!  Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the connection between history and science at Independence National Historical Park at this free event.  Activities are geared to a fourth and fifth-grade audience. Email everykidinapark@nps.gov for more information. 

Free
10:00 am–2:00 pm
Independence National Historical Park︱6th and Market Streets



BRAIN FOOD: SCIENCE NIGHT AT THE MARKET
For one night only, the Philadelphia Science Festival takes over the Reading Terminal Market to create an epic celebration of science, food, and everything Philadelphia! Browse select merchants in the beloved 125-year-old indoor market while also enjoying dynamic demonstrations and experiments from some of our favorite PSF partners. This event is sure to tickle the taste buds as a delightful fusion of food and fun! 

Made possible by FMC 

$20 Ticket; $5 food bites available from select merchants (cash only)
7:00–10:00 pmReading Terminal Market︱51 North 12th Street
Enter the Market at 12th and Filbert | Discounted parking available at the Hilton Garden Inn Garage located at 1102 Arch Street




FRIDAY, APRIL 27

SCIENCE + MUSIC
From the physics of sound waves to the biology of hearing, the connection between science and music can’t be denied. In celebration of Christ Church’s newly installed mechanical action pipe organ, join organ builders, the musicians of acclaimed the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and sound scientists as we explore the harmony that exists between science and music. Come back at 7:00 pm for a free performance by ICE to see the science explored in action. 

Free
3:00–5:00 pm
Christ Church Sanctuary︱20 North American Street



WEST PHILLY STEM-A-THON
Calling all amateur engineers and curious chemists! Gear up for an evening of STEM challenges, explorations, and activities. Build, program, tinker, and try in a series of activities designed to challenge young scientists to think critically, work collaboratively, innovate, and invent. This event is presented by Science Education Academy (SEA), Inc., White Rock Baptist Church, the Quba Institute of Islamic Studies, Graduate Student Groups at The University of Pennsylvania, Girl Scout troops 19, 986, 997, and 517, and Boy Scout Troop #16 of West Philadelphia. 

Free
6:00–8:00 pm
White Rock Baptist Church︱5240 Chestnut Street




SATURDAY, APRIL 28

SCIENCE CARNIVAL ON THE PARKWAY
The 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival culminates in a super-charged, super-fun celebration of science! This FREE event is unlike any other—with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the entire family. Returning to the newly-renovated Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this finale event promises to be the ultimate daylong science extravaganza! 

Free
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Benjamin Franklin Parkway︱222 North 20th Street