The Philadelphia Science Festival returns in 2015 with more than 100 largely free events that aim to inspire the next generation of scientists and science-lovers. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
The 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF) arrives April 24 through May 2, with more than 100 smart events scheduled at venues all across the city and beyond for a nine-day celebration of science and technology.
Organized by the wonderfully clever folks at The Franklin Institute and presented by The Dow Chemical Company, the Philadelphia Science Festival is now in its fifth year and poised to be bigger, better and brighter than ever before.
In 2015, more than 200 diverse partners have signed on to join in this year’s festivities — from the Philadelphia Phillies and Yards Brewing Company to Monell Chemical Senses Center and The Wistar Institute and many, many more.
In past years, the festival has grown exponentially, and with the awesome assembly of happenings on tap for 2015, there’s no doubt this year’s Science Festival will continue to draw crowds and engage audiences with the wonders of science.
The huge variety of events incorporate everything from family-friendly educational outings to after-dark events that prove science lessons aren’t just for kids.
Check out our primer to the Philadelphia Science Festival below, and for much more on the 2015 festival and a full calendar of events, check right here.
Since Philadelphia’s founding more than 300 years ago, this city has been at the forefront of science and technology; 11 of the 16 routinely recommended vaccines were developed here, as was Plexiglas, the first polio vaccine and the X-ray.
The Philadelphia Science Festival celebrates Philadelphia’s smart history and looks to the city’s bright future by putting the spotlight on Philly’s role as a hub of scientific innovation and development.
In past years, the festival has seen engagement from more than 120,000 people in the region, and with the awesome assembly of happenings on tap for 2015, there’s no doubt this year’s Science Festival will continue to draw crowds and engage audiences with the wonders of science.
With support from a wide range of partners and The Dow Chemical Company, most fest events are presented completely free of charge. For events that do come with a (usually moderate) admission fee, tickets are conveniently available online.
Below, we’ve pulled out a handful of our top events that are free unless otherwise noted. Remember, this is just a smattering of the programming. For the complete program guide, check here.
Featuring tons of events over nine days, the Science Festival is both one of the longest festivals of the year as well as one of the most popular, drawing 95,000 people last year. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Science Festival)
PSF Kickoff Party: 8-Bit Night
Friday, April 24, 7-10 p.m. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Ticketed. Kicking off on Friday night, the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival is set to throw down with an after-hours party at The Franklin Institute. What’s on tap? Dozens and dozens of activities — think live science shows, music, guessing games, and more — presented by more than a dozen partners, and all crafted just for grown-ups around the theme of classic video games. Plus, the kickoff party serves as the launch for the official Science Festival beer, brewed by Yards Brewing Company. The ticketed event is $15 for general admission and for adults 21-over only. C’mon, raise a pint to science! MORE INFO
Friday, April 24, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 29 locations citywide. Gaze up at the stars at one of nearly 30 Astronomy Nights around the city on Friday, April 24. From the Schuylkill Banks to the Laurel Hill Cemetery and beyond, sites throughout the region will host a free tour of the night sky. Bring a blanket and a telescope or binoculars and just look up. It’s the biggest star-gazing party in the region! MORE INFO
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Multiple locations. Explore science on Saturday, April 25 at any of the five Philadelphia Science Festival free Discovery Day events. Head out to Hunting Park, The Schuylkill Center, Clark Park or Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse to discover all sorts of science at each location. Each park presents a different lineup, but some activities include hands-on demonstrations, storytelling, hayrides, and live music. For the full list of topics and locations, check online. MORE INFO
The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off with a huge party at The Franklin Institute on Friday, April 24. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
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