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Saturday, September 20, 2014

9 am–7 pm



Each year over 35,000 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!

Florida predatory stinkbug by Matt BertoneThis year's theme bug: stink bugs!

  • Enjoy the entertaining displays, exhibits and activities — both inside and outside the Museum.
  • Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth, during fascinating presentations.
  • Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Café Insecta.
  • Join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival.
  • Learn how to keep your own hive at a Beekeeping Workshop
  • Bring an unusual bug to the Stump the Experts table

BugFest Parking Map

Photo: Matt Bertone


9 am–5 pm
Jones Street, The Plaza, Edenton Street, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun!

BUGFEST: Evening Insectival

5–7 pm
Jones Street, The Plaza, Edenton Street, and the first and second floors of the Museum will be teeming with live bands, bug stations, a nocturnal insect tour and a street carnival.
About the Evening Insectival

Workshop: The Backyard Beekeeper

If you have ever dreamed of keeping honeybees or you simply find them fascinating, then this class is for you. We will explore the biology and management of a backyard hive and see an active honeybee hive. Additionally we’ll learn about an interesting, low-cost approach to keeping backyard bees and where to obtain honeybees, equipment and advice.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-Registration Required.

To register, fill out the registration form and email it to Kari Wouk at or call 919.707.9879.
Workshop Fee: $10 per person

BugFest is made possible by generous gifts from the following sponsors:

  • Terminix logoLead Sponsor
    Terminix Company of Eastern NC
  • Also sponsored by:
  • Pepsi
  • Armstrong’s Cricket Farm
  • Larry’s Beans

Event presentations and displays are subject to change without notice.

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