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Bug Fair 2022

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Bug Fair 2022


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Over a million species. Only one Bug Fair.

The wait is over! NHM is excited to welcome you back this May for a two-day festival celebrating our winged, multi-legged, and squirmy friends for the 36th annual Bug Fair! Visit a variety of exhibitors and see everything from exotic insect collections to bug-related products. Come out to get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, learn all about the local bugs that call L.A. home, and more! Come bug out with us on May 21 & 22. It’ll be the bee’s knees

#bugfair #NHMLA 

Mobile Vaccine Clinic available!

NHM is pleased to be partnering with Veritas Healthcare to offer a FREE Mobile Vaccine Clinic during Bug Fair weekend. Availability for this service will be May 21 & 22 from 12–4 pm. 

Sign-up HERE (Walk-ups will also be welcome)

Bug Fair - Exhibitor with tarantula

Bug Fair 2022 Exhibitors

Visit a variety of exhibitors to see exotic insect collections and to purchase bug-related products, bugs for pinning, and live bugs as well!

Schedule of Events

Timed Activities

2 pm | Bug Hunt 
Grab a net and learn the art of bug catching with a Museum Educator!

1–5 pm | Bug Stencil Print Activity 
Create your own bug inspired stencil print on a poster with artists from Self Help Graphics & Art.

Stage Presentations

11 am | What's so great about bugs?
Get an up close and personal visit with some Crawly Critters from the Museum's Living Collection and find out why we love them so!

1:30 pm | Bugs on the Menu
Learn about entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, with presenter Asli Pekcan. She’ll show you how insects can be both nutritious and delicious. Plus enjoy a take home snack while supplies last!

2:30 pm | Musical Performance
Jam out with the Museum’s Performing Artist‘s for a bug-themed musical performance that is sure to be all the buzz! 

3:30 pm | Eat Bugs!
What do crickets taste like? How about termites? Or ants? Kids and their families are invited to join children’s book author Heather Alexander and Shark Tank entrepreneur Rose Wang to hear the true story of how two young women built a successful business making chips out of crickets. Explore why insects are so healthy, why kids around the world eat them for lunch, and how changing food choices will help slow climate change. Plus learn what kids can do to become entrepreneurs, too!

Museum Display Tables

9:30 am–5 pm | Museum Collections
Chat with members of our Research & Collections departments and learn about the bugs they study. 

12–4 pm | Bugs & Gardens
Chat with members of our NHM Horticulture team and learn about the relationships between plants and bugs that call the Nature Gardens their home.

Keep an eye out for…

Pop-up “bug” walks with our Performing Arts team!
Nature Gardens

Pop-up bug meet and greets throughout the day! Who will you meet? A spider? A mantid? Stop in to find out! 
Nature Lab

Mobile Vaccine Clinic available from 12–4 pm. Walk-ups are welcome!
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