13 Awesome Things to Do at the Philadelphia Science Festival

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Meet and Geek!

Pull out your pocket protector and retape those glasses, it’s time to get some nerd love. After interacting freely for 30 minutes, participants will go through 10 playful rounds of musical chairs, potentially introducing them to a new likeminded friend, lab partner or special someone. Thurs/26, 6pm. $15. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.634.3338. frankfordhall.com

All About Ales: The Science of Beer

Why did Ben Franklin brew with spruce trees? What makes a porter a porter? And why do oysters taste so good with stout? Discover the answers to all your plaguing beer questions as Yards Brewery explain the brewing process and the chemistry behind some of their favorite brews. Fri/27, 7pm. $35. Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Ave. 215.634.2600. yardsbrewing.com

Astronomy Night

For one night, city dwellers are invited to come and lay out under the stars at more than 20 venues in and around the city where local astronomers will be on hand, equipped with their telescopes and vast knowledge of the night sky. Participating sites include Franklin Square, Drexel, Penn, Bartram’s Gardens and The Franklin Institute, many of which will have additional festivities such as tours, lectures and kid’s activities. Fri/27, 8pm. Free. Various locations. philasciencefestival.org

Science Film Fest

Most nights of the festival, you’ll have a chance to see the many ways in which science has been illustrated through film. More than a dozen science and technology-themed flicks will be shown at various venues around town, many of which have yet to premiere on the East Coast. Curated by the Philadelphia Film Society, each screening will be followed by a Q&A with scientific experts in the field. Free. Various times and locations. philasciencefestival.org

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed and Skin Biology

On the final day of the fest, author Carl Zimmer and body artist Mandy Sauler discuss Zimmer’s book Science Ink , which looks at the devoted men and women of the scientific world who have commemorated their research with body art (think: double helix tattooed on an ass cheek). They’ll also discuss the use of tattoos in modern medicine and cosmetics. Sun/29, 2pm. Free. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. 215.634.3338. frankfordhall.com 

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1. Linda said... on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:53PM

“I am looking forward to opening night and I will definately be at the free event at the Franklin Institute.”

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2. Brian said... on Apr 21, 2012 at 11:46PM

“Great fun at science carnival, too bad I couldn't stay long enough to get much past the pizzazz and learn something! My collage here http://youtu.be/EKYJNHmOnKo”

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