Los Alamos ScienceFest Calendar Of Events

SCIENCEFEST News:

Have you noticed the flurry of activity at the entrance to town?

Led by Fuller Lodge Art Center art instructor Olivia Snyder, her class of 12-14 year old artists are transforming Entrance Park and creating a façade of the iconic main gate from the Manhattan Project era. Entrance Park will function as an information booth for ScienceFest Saturday, July 18.

The only science festival in the state, Los Alamos ScienceFest is a 5-day festival that celebrates Los Alamos, New Mexico as a center of science and creativity. The festival will feature mind-blowing demonstrations, interactive exhibits, science and math based art, discussions, historic tours, a drone competition, STEM workshops and a model rocket launch from July 15-19 in Los Alamos.

The majority of ScienceFest events are free. This year attendees can register to win a Go-Pro camera at the information booth.

ScienceFest culminates with Festival Day at Ashley Pond 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

A highly anticipated special feature at ScienceFest this year, The Drone Zone will take off 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at Ashley Pond. At the festival drone masters can bring their own drones and compete on an agility course for a chance to win the grand prize. The event, sponsored by The New Mexico Tourism Department and facilitated by Bradbury Science Museum, will also offer a chance for beginners to try their hand at flying mini drones. Don’t miss this New Mexico True Event!

Also during Festival Day, Saturday, July 18, Ashley Pond will be transformed into a music venue during ScienceFest Lyrics and Libations. This brew fest is noon until 6 p.m. and will feature Don Quixote Winery and Distillery, Tractor Brewing, Abbey Brewing and Los Alamos’ own Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op which has brewed up a special ScienceFest Pale Ale for the event. The bands include the Kodama Trio at Noon, the Broomdust Caravan at 2 p.m. and DK & The Affordables at 4 p.m. Beer and wine will be sold to those 21 and older, with an ID.

A schedule of additional Los Alamos ScienceFest events is as follows:

Wednesday, July 15:

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Oppenheimer’s Desk Chair on display at the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Remembering Jack Aeby exhibit at Historical Museum
  • 6 p.m. – Science Trivia Night at BathTub Row Brewery 
  • 8:30 p.m. – Movie in the Park at Ashley Pond – Back to the Future with hover board and a DeLorean

Thursday July 16:

  • 4:30 a.m. – The Trinity Site 70th Anniversary Program at Hans Bethe House – The Commemoration of the Trinity Test with coffee & donuts, video of the trinity test and live tweet from log book of the actual event   
  • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Remembering Jack Aeby exhibit at Historical Museum
  • Noon to 5 p.m. – Oppenheimer’s Desk Chair on display at the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center
  • 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – Historic Walking Tours at Historical Museum -$10 guided tours of historic Fuller Lodge and surrounding area
  • 5:30 p.m. – Science On Tap at at UnQuarked Wine Bar – From Trinity to Artificial Joints, LANL Scientist Nathaniel Morgan discusses computational mathematics
  • 7 p.m. – The Science of Brewing at Bathtub Row Brewery 

Friday July 17:

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Atomic Film Fest at Fuller Lodge. Disney Propaganda films
  • 10 a.m., 11a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – Historic Walking Tours at Historical Museum -$10 guided tours of historic Fuller Lodge and surrounding area
  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – SMART Contest Winners displayed at Mesa Public Library 2nd floor meeting rooms
  • 11 a.m. – Creating your own iPhone App class at Time Out Pizza Los Alamos, for ages 13+, must register on line at Bradbury Science Museum
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. – Historic Building Tours: Self-Guided Tours for Los Alamos Little Theater and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christian Science Building. The Little theater used to be a mess hall and the Christian science building was a WAC housing facility that is still vintage to this day.
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Remembering Jack Aeby exhibit at Historical Museum
  • 12- 1 p.m. – Climate Prisms Open House at Bradbury Science Museum
  • The Climate Prisms exhibit creative team will be building a rich, user-­‐ directed exploration of climate change data with selections of artist-­‐ created content, including poems, videos, visualizations of the science, animations and scientist interviews highlighting the rigorous effort expended to understand the intertwined ecosystems of our planet.
  • 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Theatrical Performance “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge” at Little Theater 25 minute production
  • 3-7 p.m. – Secret City Stories – Unlocked at Fuller Lodge Speakers include: Ellen Bradbury Reid, Jon Hunner, Nancy Bartlit and John Coster-Mullen
  • 7 p.m. – The ScienceFest Summer Concert at Ashley Pond Stage. Stooges Brass Band: funk, jazz, hip-hop, rock from New Orleans FREE SUMMER CONCERT.

Saturday July 18:

  • ALL DAY – Replica of the Historic Gate at Entrance park with photo opportunity and information center
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Oppenheimer’s Desk Chair on display at the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center
  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – SMART Contest Winners displayed at Mesa Public Library 2nd floor meeting rooms
  • 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – Historic Walking Tours at Historical Museum -­‐ $10 guided tours of historic Fuller Lodge and surrounding area
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Science Festival at Ashley Pond. Highlights include:

o    3D app tour of Ashley Pond in the 1940’s

o    Beer & Wine Garden

o    Science & Suds: Conversations with scientists

o    Lyrics & Libations: Concert at Stage – 3 bands:

  • 12 p.m. – Kodama Trio
  •  2 p.m. – Broomdust Caravan
  •  4 p.m. – DK & The Affordables

o   Actors in Period costume walking around town

o    Vintage cars

o    Drone Zone competition

o    Kids activity area

o    Chalk Art walk

o    Interactive science-related exhibits

  • Historic Building Tours: Self-­‐Guided Tours for Los Alamos Little Theater (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.) and Christian Science Building (10 a.m. to 3 p.m). The Little theater used to be a mess hall and the Christian science building was a WAC housing facility that is still vintage to this day.
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Remembering Jack Aeby exhibit at Historical Museum
  • 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. – Light, Color and Sparkle STEM Workshop at Fuller Lodge – two classes limit 20 students each from 5th – 8th grade
  • 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – Theatrical Performance “Sunrise at Otowi Bridge” at Little Theater 25 minute production
  • 2:30 p.m. – Artist Jean Constant at Mesa Public Library

Sunday July 19:

  • Off-site 1:30-5 p.m. High Power Rocket Day, 8 miles north of Espanola (on road towards Taos (Route 68), turn right (East) over the cattle guard, just after the La Villita sign, and just before mile marker 8). There will be signs directing people to the launch site. The Zia Spacemodeler Rocket Club will be demonstrating/launching several of their high power model rockets (“G” though “I” motors) at their regular monthly launch.  Weather/wind permitting, they will launch some on the hours of 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Launch control facilities will be provided for those who would like to launch their own low power (“A” through “F”) model rockets; but if launching, the BLM requires the collection of a $5 fee per “family”. There is no charge for spectators. Parking/shade is limited, so plan accordingly.

Los Alamos MainStreet produces Los Alamos ScienceFest in collaboration with Los Alamos Commerce and Development, Los Alamos Creative District and Los Alamos County. A committee of organizations and local businesses partner to produce the festival programming.

Los Alamos ScienceFest is sponsored in part by the New Mexico Tourism Department, Los Alamos National Bank, Google, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, CHRISTUS St. Vincent and Compa Industries.

Los Alamos ScienceFest would also like to thank the Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos Little Theater, Buffalo Tours, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Los Alamos Arts Council and the Holiday Inn Express for their support.

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