Celebrate Nature, Space, Technology And More July 12-17 At Los Alamos ScienceFest

LACDC NEWS RELEASE

Los Alamos, New Mexico—where discoveries are made—announces the return of the town’s iconic annual event—Los Alamos ScienceFest. Running July 12–17, this year’s event features hands-on activities, an electric vehicle show, movies, concerts, lectures and family fun events.

“Los Alamos is the home of groundbreaking science, and ScienceFest offers a unique opportunity for visitors from all over to experience this culture of discovery firsthand,” said Kelly Stewart, Marketing Manager for Los Alamos County. “We invite all to come celebrate science and technology and create fun summer memories for every member of the family in Los Alamos.”

With the goal of making science fun and more accessible, as well as inspiring a passion for STEAM topics in youth, ScienceFest will feature six days of events, including Discovery Day on Saturday, July 16. The full schedule and more details are available at http://www.LosAlamosScienceFest.com.

On Tuesday, July 12, enjoy live music at the Tuesdays @ The Pond Series, featuring Belisama Irish Dancers followed by The Hill Stompers at Ashley Pond Park Pavillion. Wednesday, July 13 features a focus on animals and agriculture with bee-shaped art, pollination games, a summer family evening with local livestock, a panel discussion about Hydrogen & Clean Energy at the Bradbury Science Museum, and a showing of The Mitchells Vs. The Machines at Ashley Pond Park.

Continuing on Thursday, July 14, participate in an author talk with Dr. John Mack—The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack—through the Mesa Public Library and Suds ‘n Shows: “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” at the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium. On Friday, July 15, catch The Red Elvises in concert at Ashley Pond Park.

Discovery Day—Saturday, July 16—runs from 10am–3pm at Ashley Pond and features a variety of interactive, hands-on activities for all ages, along with food trucks, live music, as well as a downtown Electric Vehicle Show and Solar Car Races courtesy of Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Other activities include the Bradbury Science Museum’s Challenge Tomorrow trailers, Drone Zone, Robotics, Beer & Band area featuring Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Boese Brothers Brewing, and music from the Troy Browne Trio.

Later in the evening beginning at 4:30 pm at Fuller Lodge, Friends of MAPR-LA, supporting the National Park Service Historical Park) will be screening a film about the Trinity test – the first atomic bomb test in history. July 16, 2022 falls on the 77th anniversary of this event. Bathtub Brewing Co-op will serve beer and wine. Tickets for this limited-seating (100) event for “Alamogordo – Center of the World, Trinity 1945” will be sold for a tax-deductible donation of $20 each to the 501(c)(3) Friends organization. Tickets will be available in advance at Metzgers-Los Alamos, Bathtub Row Brewery, Pajarito Brewpub and Grill, and the Los Alamos History Museum.

Events culminate on Sunday, July 17 with a movie at dusk at Bathtub Brewing Co-op on the outdoor patio. The showing of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids will include trivia for prizes, as well as lessons on beer chemistry.

Tours of the Los Alamos Historic District will be offered at 11am Monday through Friday, as well as at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm during Saturday’s Discovery Day. Tours start about 1,000 years ago and walks visitors through the ancestral Puebloans, homesteading, the Los Alamos Ranch School, the Manhattan Project, Cold War and contemporary Los Alamos. There is an emphasis on espionage, cultures, and answering visitor questions. Cost is $20, with the tour lasting between 1 1/2 – 2 hours. While in town, visitors can further immerse in Los Alamos history and science with the self-guided Los Alamos Spy Tour or the Kwage Mesa Interpretive Trail.

For a full  schedule, event times and additional details, visit https://www.losalamossciencefest.com/events.

Los Alamos ScienceFest 2022 is sponsored by Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Century Bank, and organized by Los Alamos MainStreet and Los Alamos Creative District, along with countless community partners. 

For more information on Los Alamos, go to https://visitlosalamos.org.