Bama Bug Fest is returning to an in-person event this year on April 9, 2022 at a NEW location: the Alabama Museum of Natural History! Bama Bug Fest is an annual event celebrating the diversity and benefits of arthropods, a group of animals that includes insects (ants, butterflies and beetles), arachnids (spiders and scorpions), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) and crustaceans (crabs, shrimps and crayfish), as well as true bugs (like cicadas and plant-hoppers). This free event is for all ages and has something for everyone!
From 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Bama Bug Fest attendees can enjoy entertaining displays and activities through educational tables, strike a pose at our photo booth, see insects create beautiful works or art, grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks at our event, and cheer on the cockroaches at the tractor-pull races!
What hatched as a small nature-themed museum event just a few years ago, has metamorphosed into the Bama Bug Fest, a community celebration of “bugs”. What the general public calls “bugs” are more properly known as arthropods, a group that makes up three-quarters of all animal species on Earth, and includes insects (butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles), arachnids (spiders and scorpions), myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) and crustaceans (crabs, shrimps, and crayfish), as well as true bugs (like cicadas and plant-hoppers).
Since “bugs” are often maligned in our society, this event serves as an important opportunity to educate the public about the important roles these creatures serve in our world, and to celebrate the amazing diversity of arthropods that can be found right here in Alabama. Similar bug-themed events are held by museums and universities across the United States, and up until now, no such event existed in Alabama.
Follow Bama Bug Fest on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok and learn more about the history of Bama Bug Fest, available parking options, and how to become a sponsor or a volunteer, by visiting BamaBugFest.org.