Philadelphia Science Festival

For ten days the city will join forces and bring saturate the city of Philadelphia with the fun and fascination that is science. From April 20-29, 2012 Philadlephia’s schools, universities, research centers and cultural institutions will host a wide variety of events all over the city, for every age group, and a variety of interests.

Here is a sample of some of the most intriguing Science Festival events in Center City. For a complete list of events please CLICK HERE.

Saturday April 21st


Join over 80 exhibitors in Logan Circle from 11am to 4pm for a scientific wonderland of experiments, demonstrations, games, activities, live entertainment and more! You can even nibble on ice cream, made with liquid nitrogen. Carnival will be held in Logan Circle between 18th & Race Streets.


Monday April 23rd

Movie Monday: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The Trocadero Theater located at 1003 Arch Street will host Movie Monday with a screening of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure starting at 8:00 pm. For ticketing information call 215-922-6888.

When Good Drugs Turn Bad

Scientists and policy makers have long debated how and when a “medicine” becomes a “drug.” Discover the lively history of medicine going to the streets, from Prohibition to today at 6pm at the Adrienne Theater. Tickets $5, click to reserve.

Tuesday, April 24th

Earth in Crisis

Our planet is changing, but what is really happening? Famed ice core researchers — Ellen Mosley Thompson and Lonnie Thompson and a team of museum interpreters will take you on a tour of our planet at the Franklin Institute beginning at 5:00pm. Free to attend, but reservations are required.

Wine Chemistry: Best and Worst Pairings

Come learn about the science behind the chemical harmony of perfect food and wine pairings at DiBruno Bros. beginning at 6:30pm, hosted by the Wine School of Philadelphia. Sample various wine and food pairings and experience the difference made by a perfect match-as well as the not so perfect ones.  Tickets are $35 each, must be reserved in advance.

Friday, April 27th

Murder at the Mütter: President Lincoln is shot!

Join others for an interactive night of fun as they explore the forensics behind the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln! Following a live re-enactment of the assassination, there will be a two-part investigation of the crime hosted by the Mütter Museum. Ticketed Event. SOLD OUT.

Astronomy Night

All over the city various venues will host Star Parties. So grab a blanket and a few friends and head out to gaze at the stars shining down on Philadelphia. Each venue will have professional and/or amateur astronomers on site with their telescopes to share with locals. Fow a list of Star Parties, CLICK HERE. Free event.

Saturday, April 28th

Science Scavenger Hunt

Discover Philadelphia’s rich science history through this scavenger hunt. Use an i-Phone app and QR code reader to trek city streets old and new. Find clues and learn about some of the amazing scientific discoveries that have been made in Philadelphia from colonial times to the present day. Begins at 2pm-Free Event; Reservation Required.

All Things Fermented: The Science of Beer and Cheese

Philly’s beer scene is happening! Triumph Brewery gives you an opportunity to learn about the fascinating science behind how these great brews are made.  This entertaining, enlightening, and delicious two-hour tasting in Old City will introduce seven signature drafts, brewed on-site at Triumph Brewing Company, and four sumptuous farmstead cheeses. Must be 21+. Tickets Required.

Sunday, April 29th

A Fierce Green Fire Premier

An Official Selection Of Sundance 2012 & over a decade in the making, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE documents the environmental movement’s evolution from the 1960’s to the present, the largest movement the world has ever seen and perhaps the most crucial in terms of what’s at stake. Directed By Mark Kitchell. Film begins at 7pm at the Franklin Institute IMAX. $10 per ticket.