NOTE: The finale event of the festival, the Exploration Expo in Piedmont Park is canceled. It will not take place on March 21st. The rest of the festival events are smaller, and the various venues will make the determination of whether or not to cancel.
The announcement from the Science Festival website:
After much deliberation, we have decided to cancel the Exploration Expo given its hands-on nature and the expected large numbers of attendees. Ultimately, the safety of the public, our volunteers, and our partners is our primary concern.
Regarding our broader Festival, many events scheduled through March 20 present less concern and will continue as planned. Our partners, who are primarily responsible for those events, will make an independent determination as to whether to cancel. Please check our website for details about each event at AtlantaScienceFestival.org/events-2020
We know you are as disappointed as we are by this news. At this time, we do not plan to reschedule the Expo in 2020, however, Science ATL is always working on creative ways to engage metro Atlanta in science throughout the year.
The 2020 Atlanta Science Festival takes place from March 6th to 21st. You can expect over 100 dynamic events, spread across Atlanta and the suburbs. Many are FREE, although some have a small charge.
This year’s festival looks bigger and better than ever.
The separate events range from puppet shows and interactive activities for kids, to events designed to engage grownups — like a demonstration on the science of Breaking Bad and full moon viewing from a rooftop bar.
We browsed the complete event listing — the scope of it is mind-blowing.
You’ll find presentations about coding and hacking; newts and bees and snakes and superpowers; microbes in action; archaeological digs; and the science behind wine, coffee, honey, and Star Wars.
There are nature walks, a BeltLine scavenger hunt, tours of recycling plants and water treatment facilities, classes in “elephant yoga” and “petri dish art,” and so much more.
There are literally too many FREE and cheap events to compile here.
We urge you to explore the day-by-day event listing on the Science Festival’s website — and to do it soon, because a few of the limited-capacity events are already full.
There are a few highlighted events below, just to show you what you’ll find on the main website.
You may also be interested in:
- Free walking tour of the Peachtree Creek Greenway
- Free guided nature walks at Mason Mill Park
- 2020 guide to Atlanta’s spring festivals
Highlighted events from the Science Festival
Remember, this is just a sampling of over 100 FREE and cheap events hosted by the Science Festival between March 7th and 21st.
What we love about this selection: There is something for all age groups, and something happening in all parts of town — inside the perimeter and out, from east to west and north to south.
Visit the Atlanta Science Festival full event schedule to find an activity that appeals to you!
2:00pm to 4:00pm
FREE with registration
Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center
Join the Amphibian Foundation and HowStuffWorks to explore this fascinating group of reptiles and discuss how they sense, function, move, eat, and capture prey. We’ll save time at the end to meet a diversity of snakes from all over the world.
11:00am to 3:00pm
FREE with paid parking ($20 per car OR an annual pass)
Stone Mountain Park
Millions of years ago, a massive magma chamber cooled below ground near Atlanta, never erupting through to the surface. Now, we call it Stone Mountain. Join GSU Geosciences on a hike to explore this unique granite dome.
1:00pm to 2:00pm
$3 per person
Age 6 and up only
GSU Perimeter College Clarkston Campus
(Building CC Room 2190)
Find out about chemical reactions and processes that give off light. After watching a demonstration, you’ll get to conduct your own chemical reactions and decode secret messages! Many of the reactions will include common household products, so you will be able to repeat them at home. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and children under 6 will not be admitted.
Free parking at GSU Perimeter College in Clarkston is available in LOT 3, 4 and 5.
Space is limited to about 60 guests, so plan to arrive early (at least 15 minutes prior to the event).
7:30pm to 10:00pm
Observatory at GSU Perimeter College, Dunwoody Campus
Join Dr. Jay Dunn at Perimeter College for a night of stargazing in Dunwoody. Depending on conditions, you may see celestial objects ranging from planets to faint nebulae and galaxies with our 14-inch Celestron Telescope.
You can find free parking in Parking Deck 2.
5:00pm to 6:30pm
GSU Perimeter College, Alpharetta Campus
AA building Room 2310
Join in for this all-ages, dress-up sci-fi adventure, featuring a discussion on the worlds and aliens of the Star Wars films, as compared to life in our own solar system. Costumes encouraged!
7:30pm to 9:30pm
$5 adults, kids get in FREE
Atlanta Roller Derby Practice Facility (Mableton)
Roller Derby skaters can spin, jump, and slam into one another all while staying upright on roller skates. Learn the science behind how these moves happen. Adults and families are welcome to learn and play games (not on skates!) while exploring the physics of skating and the neuroscience of sports.
10:30am to 11:30am
South Fulton Branch Library
(4055 Flat Shoals Road)
Are humans more closely related to bears or beetles? Kids can join the Georgia State University Bio-Bus as a junior taxonomist to explore the animal kingdom from sponges and corals to bugs, octopuses, and mammals — and use diverse animals’ DNA sequences to create an animal “family tree.”
10:00am to 11:30am
Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
Come on out to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur and meet the regional experts from the Amphibian Foundation. Become ‘citizen scientists’ and perform an amphibian ‘bioblitz’ inventory of the preserve documenting salamanders and frogs in one of the last strongholds for amphibians inside of the perimeter! Everyone is encouraged to attend — and to bring a cell phone to upload images to iNaturalist.
Exploration Expo in Piedmont Park
EVENT CANCELED due to public health concerns.
The Science Festival makes a grand finale with Exploration Expo on March 21st, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Piedmont Park. The Expo is biggest family-friendly science event, in the setting of an outdoor festival.
Thousands of curious kids and adults descend upon Piedmont Park to experience 100 hands-on interactive science booths; live science demos; and shows from local organizations, universities, and companies. If you go, you can experience everything from touching a human brain to building a biological machine. There are food vendors on site. This is a rain-or-shine event.
More spring events around Atlanta: