The MSU Science Festival Goes Virtual for 2021!

This Year the MSU Science Festival is Virtual (2021)

Families look forward to the MSU Science Festival each year not just because it’s FREE but because it’s arguably the most fun you can have learning about science and it usually spans our entire state! This year, the epic festival is available to the world because it’s going virtual for 2021.

Here are some highlights on the schedule to look forward to during the 2021 MSU Science Festival:

  • World’s Weirdest Bees
  • Michigan’s Butterflies
  • Cameraless Photography
  • Evolve your own dragon species
  • Great Lakes Living Fossil
  • Astronomy on Tap
  • Collaborations with Museums and Zoos like:
    • Detroit Zoo
    • Michigan History Museum
    • Kalamazoo Valley Museum
    • Impression 5
    • MSU Broad Art Museum
    • Potter Park Zoo
    • and so much more!

Plan to go with the MSU Science Festival complete schedule: click under each date and section to drop down each event.

Looking Back at Past MSU Science Festivals

Read on to reminisce or get a taste of what you can look forward to in coming years.

2020 MSU Science Festival is so Big it’s Hard to Comprehend!

Sure, the 2020 MSU Science Festival is a free celebration of science that takes place April 1-30th… but with events all day long, all across Michigan, it’s hard to know where to start.

We’re going to do our best to break down the event highlights and then send you over to to learn more!

Hit Up the MSU Expo Zone + Demonstrations on Saturday, April 4, 2020

Honestly, there are so many special sessions at the Expo Zone, we can’t list them all. Here are a few to give you an idea of what to expect at this free, hands-on, STEAM-focused event:

Amazing Animal Adaptations

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Chemistry Building

Animals are amazing! From spots to stripes and horns to teeth, animals are equipped with a wonderful array of adaptations to help them survive in the wild. Join Potter Park Zoo as we explore skulls, pelts, antlers, horns, and teeth and learn about some of the fascinating, cool, and sometimes weird physical and behavioral adaptations found in the animal kingdom.

Art and Science Intersections

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building

Take a moment at REACH Studio Art Center’s table to learn about primary and secondary colors and chemical reactions. We will experiment with baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring as we discuss why baking soda and vinegar react the way they do when combined, while observing color mixing as the fizzing drops mix and react together

More All Ages Experiences to look for on April 4 include:

  • Wild Wacky Water Critters
  • The Buzz about Bees
  • The Chemistry of Human Senses
  • pH Rainbow
  • Open Source 3-D Printing
  • Birds, Poo, and You!
  • Computational Science: Robots, Supercomputers, and Virtual Reality, Oh My!

Basically, the hardest part of the day is figuring out where to start. My advice, get there when it starts, bring a bag to collect papers in, wear good walking shoes, and have fun exploring!

Oh, and don’t forget to watch a few demonstrations while you’re there. They might literally blow you away!

Nights at the Museums Get You in Free – All Around the State

Basically, MSU Science Festival = Free admission to some of the best museums in the state.

Here are our picks for Nights at the Museums (visit their website for the full list):

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00 PM at MSU Broad Art Museum Lobby in Lansing.
  • Friday, April 17, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Air Zoo in Portage.
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00 – 6:00 PM at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Yankee Air Museum in Belleville.

Download your Road Map to the Science Festival or Filter by Event/Day

Take a Tour – Discovery is Just Around the Corner

Most tours are offered on on Fridays and Saturdays throughout April. Here are just some waiting for you:

Go to Astronomy Night, a Science Pub/Cafe, and Signature Events

Statewide Astronomy Night

April, 17th is Statewide Astronomy Night! Lansing, Kalamazoo, Bay City, Dearborn, and more cities all over Michigan are holding Astronomy events in museums, outdoors, and planetariums. From learning how to use your camera to take pictures of the sky to hands on experiences to everywhere in-between! Find an Astronomy night near you here.

Science Pub/Cafe

Science and drinks?! Sign me up. Take your date night to another level at these events happening in Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Here are a few Science Pub/Cafe standouts:

  • Communication (Science) On Tap: Monday, April 27, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at Michigrain Distillery 523 E. Shiawassee Street Lansing, MI 48912
  • Propagation Lab: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 PM at UrbanBeat Event Center 1213 Turner Road Lansing, MI 48906
  • Beat the Scientist: Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM at The Grid Arcade & Bar 226 E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue Lansing, MI 48906