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30th Annual Bug Fair

We're celebrating 30 years of BUGGIN' OUT!

Join us on May 21 & 22, 2016 for a weekend full of exhibitors, performers, bug chefs, and more.

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Thanks for BUGGING OUT with us!

Thanks for making the 30th Annual Bug Fair a weekend to remember! 

In 1986, Ferris Bueller had a day off, the New York Mets won the World Series, and perhaps most famously…NHM launched the Bug Fair. There have been countless entomological discoveries since then – some right here in Los Angeles by NHM researchers and friends. Our Spider Survey found the first documented brown widows in the city; our scientists discovered 42 new fly species in L.A. just in the last year. For three decades, Bug Fair has inspired wonder among guests, no matter what their age. Bug Fair has connected scientists with the community, so they can geek out together.  

On May 21 and 22 we celebrated 30 years of Bug Fair – our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. Guests visited a variety of exhibitors – and saw 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. We hosted a special cook-off with your favorite Bug Chefs as they whipped up protein-filled snacks. The weekend was filled with bug hunts, performances, up-close encounters with crawly creatures, and more!

Mark your calendars now for next year's BUG FAIR - May 20 and 21, 2017.


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.

Bug Fair is proudly sponsored by Western Exterminator.