Atlanta Science Festival unveils reimagined 2021 programming

Atlanta’s preeminent science celebration announces virtual/in-person hybrid with 80+ events

By Atlanta Science Festival February 18, 2021

Atlanta Science Festival (ASF), the city’s premier celebration of all things science, returns March 13-27. With science relevant now more than ever, the Festival reimagines itself as a virtual/in-person hybrid featuring more than 80 events.

“We’re excited about continuing the tradition of Atlanta Science Festival by offering access to science during a time when its impact on the world is so very important and crucial,” says Meisa Salaita, executive co-director of Science ATL – the engineers of the Atlanta Science Festival.

Whether you want to get out of the house in a safe, socially-distant environment or participate virtually from home, you can expect events about environmental science and climate, opportunities for hands-on experiments, walks and scavenger hunts, deep dives into learning about local organisms, and plenty of other science-based fun. This includes going green with homemade solar power, enjoying a streamed science-inspired performance, building a brain, taking a nighttime walk through Fernbank Forest, and much more.

A trio of new signature events highlights the 2021 Atlanta Science Festival:

  • Atlanta 40 - A celebration of 40 notable organisms of the region featuring entertaining videos created by experts and luminaries, along with mini conservation challenges for each.
  • Discovery Walks - Four family-friendly, self-guided walks featuring exciting science stops. Pick up a free Discovery Walks map for a COVID-friendly science adventure through some of the coolest neighborhoods and parks in Atlanta.  
  • City Science Quest - With help from your mobile device, uncover Atlanta’s innovations, discoveries, and STEM careers by completing missions from the comfort of your own home in this app-based scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded for these interactive missions.

Additionally, ASF sheds light on COVID-19 with specific events putting healthcare and the pandemic under the microscope. From candid conversations regarding vaccines to busting pandemic-related myths, ASF allows festival goers the chance to expand their understanding of these historic and challenging times.

“We’ll not only continue our celebration of science,” says executive co-director Jordan Rose, “but use it as an opportunity to share knowledge that inspires and empowers others to make our world a better place.”

Check out the schedule of events on the Atlanta Science Festival website.