Bug Fair

May 18 and 19, 2019


Over a million species. Only one Bug Fair.

Bug Fair is a two-day festival celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Visit a variety of exhibitors – and see everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch Bug Chefs whip up protein-filled snacks and explore the Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more!

Request For Proposals: We are looking for an artist(s) to develop an art experience(s) that celebrates insects and their close relatives in unique ways at the Museum’s Nature Gardens. We want the artwork to help create new connections between our visitors and science, art, culture and nature. Click HERE to view application.

Past Bug Fair Highlights Include:


Over 50 exhibitors showcasing and selling insect products and merchandise

One-on-one interactions with museum Research and Collections staff

Bug chef cooking demos and tastings

Live animal presentations and bug inspired performances

Insect parade and nature walks through the Nature Gardens

Engaging activities with takeaways for all ages

Bug Fair and other programming (excluding the Butterfly Pavilion) are included with regular Museum admission. For additional information, call 213.763.3499 or e-mail info@nhm.org.

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