Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival

April 20 – 28

The Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its eighth consecutive year this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the region with the science and technology that surrounds our everyday world, April 20-28.  Established in 2011 by The Franklin Institute as one of the first of its kind in the country, the Philadelphia Science Festival is a nine-day celebration of science and technology in everyday places—parks, restaurants, bars, libraries, and museums. It aims to inspire not only the next generation of scientists and engineers but also create homegrown citizen scientists. The 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival offers more than 80 events over nine days in communities all across the region ranging from kid friendly live science events, themed bar crawls and cocktail hours, self-guided tours, creative workshops, stargazing parties and more— most of which are free of charge. 

Returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year for the Festival’s grand finale is the free daylong Science Carnival on the Parkway, Saturday, April 28. Attracting more than 50,000 attendees in 2017, the massive outdoor science carnival is one of the most highly-anticipated festival events, providing a packed day of non-stop family-friendly activities, hands-on experiments, live performances, educator opportunities, and explosive visuals from more than 150 partners to close the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival.

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