Saturday, September 19, 2015

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!

This year's theme bug: CICADAS!

NEW Free cicada ringtones & notification sounds!

At BugFest 2015:

  • 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

NEW BugFest 2015 app for iOS devices!

BugFest Parking Map

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


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 floor of the NEC will be teeming with live bands, bug stations, a nocturnal insect tour and a street carnival.
About the Evening Insectival

Workshop: The Backyard Beekeeper

Workshop A: FULL
Workshop B: 1:30pm

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.

Instructor: Award-winning Museum educator Bob Alderink

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

Register for The Backyard Beekeeper
Workshop Fee: $10 per person

For more information, contact Kari Wouk at kari.wouk@naturalsciences.org or call 919.707.9879.

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
  • Leaf and Limb Tree Service

Event presentations and displays are subject to change without notice.

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