Unleash Your Inner Scientist at The Bay Area Science Festival

The Annual Bay Area Science Festival returns October 26 – November 3 bringing a wide range of family friendly science & technology activities at a variety of locations throughout the Bay Area.

Bring your budding scientists to these awesome events and introduce your kids to a wide range of future opportunities in science. Check out all the amazing events on their website, Facebook, and on Twitter @bayareascience. Here are some of my top recommendations and most are FREE:


Discovery Days brings the fun and excitement of science to a huge crowd. In conjunction with local science outreach groups, Discovery Days hosts over 200 hands-on-activities, dozens of exhibits, numerous performances, and family-oriented science entertainment. Attendees are families generally with children aged 0-14, with a special emphasis on those who traditionally do not have access to quality science education resources. This years Discovery Days are at:

Saturday, 11/3/18, 11 AM – 4:30 PM, AT&T Park becomes a science wonderland when the Bay Area Science Festival concludes with this FREE science extravaganza. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science, engineering, robots and more – explore the field and every level of the ballpark. Join us as we celebrate Bay Area science!

Saturday, 10/27/18, 10 AM – 4 PM Discovery Day North Bay is a community celebration involving exhibitors from all around the Bay. Join us at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to make liquid nitrogen ice cream, build a catapult, engineer a marble machine and more!

Saturday, 10/27/18, 10 AM – 2 PM Join us at the CSU East Bay Concord campus for demonstrations, experiments, hands-on-activities, exhibits, and much much more. Participation by everyone is encouraged. Everyone – young and old – can experience the wonders of science.


High profile science acts from around the country anchor evening programming during the festival from famous scientists around the world.


How does the new Bay Bridge withstand earthquakes? How are scientists engineering bacteria to create biofuels? How are athletes able to recover faster from surgeries? How are we restoring the Bay to include healthy wetlands?

Explorer Days highlights the incredible science resources in the Bay Area by offering a series of tours, hikes and active explorations for Bay Area families. Come out for a unique, fun and educational glimpse into the scientific wonders of the Bay Area!


Join the UCSF Archives and Special Collections for the opening reception and self-guided tours exploring artworks from the collection of Dr. Morton G. Rivo, D.D.S., a former UCSF Chief of Periodontics. UCSF’s iteration of Open Wide adapts materials from this earlier show and augments the artworks with artifacts, rare books, UCSF School of Dentistry records, and other materials from UCSF Archives and Special Collections.

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm


Visit our facilities and find out why small is such a BIG deal! Tour the Stanford’s fabrication and characterization labs to see how researchers make and see at the nanoscale. 3 x 1 hour tours, starting every hour on the hour.

RSVP is needed to attend. Registration for this event will open on October 19th 2018.

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Free

You are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of our Parasitology Lab where you’ll have the chance to see live parasites (worms and protozoa)! You’ll also get to hear about our research to discover drugs to treat parasitic diseases that affect millions of people worldwide.

RSVP is needed to attend. Registration for this event will open on October 19th 2018.

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Free

Come explore the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park and learn how solar panels, a living roof, and other green technologies make this facility a functioning example of sustainable solutions. The tour will focus on the history of Heron’s Head Park, the sustainable systems of the EcoCenter, and the restored wetlands that make this area a birding hot spot.

No RSVP needed.

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Free

Get a special guided tour of our newly opened Habitarium and CA Trail exhibits. Guests will learn all about our interactive learning space and our new resident animals.

RSVP is needed to attend. Registration for this event will open on October 19th 2018.

October 29 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Free


Go behind the scenes in the Essig Entomology Museum, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, and the Jepson and University Herbaria to discover amazing treasures of biodiversity.

RSVP is needed to attend. Registration for this event will open on October 19th 2018.

Meet on the lower level by the Tyrannosaurus rex!

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Free

The Gladstone Institutes is an independent state-of-the-art biomedical research institution that empowers its world-class scientists to find new pathways to cures. It brings together over 350 scientists who use visionary science and technology in cardiovascular biology, immunology, neuroscience, and stem cell biology to overcome unsolved diseases. Discover how Gladstone labs use stem cells to make beating heart cells and how researchers test for the cellular toxicity effects of drugs.

RSVP is needed to attend. Registration for this event will open on October 19th 2018.

October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Free


Cells “decide” on their ultimate developmental fates by reading the program encoded by their DNA. Using the embryo of the fruit fly as a case study, we will look at developmental decisions as they are established in single cells in order to lay out the body plan and learn about our efforts to read the developmental program encoded in the DNA.

RSVP is needed to attend. Registration for this event will open on October 19th 2018.

November 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Free