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2024 Los Alamos ScienceFest SCHEDULE

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  • 7/12 Friday Night Market - Ashley Pond Park and Central Ave, 5-9 pm

    • This open-air, family-friendly night market will take place congruent to the Friday Night concert. Featuring an eclectic mix of food and beverages, merchandise, small handmade goods, and jewelry for sale. Peruse the booths while enjoying live music from the concert!

  • 7/13 Discovery Day - Ashley Pond & Fuller Lodge and Lawn, 9 am - 2 pm

    • One of our main events during the course of ScienceFest.  Hands-on discoveries await at the many booths represented by a variety of STEM partners.

    • Starting at noon, our beer garden and band will open. Surrounded by many vendors and partners with informational booths, this will be a highlight of the afternoon. 

  • 7/13 Discovery After Dark: STEAM for Adults, Various Locations, 4-9 pm

    • Come out to Central Park Square Businesses, LA Teen Center, SALA, and various other locations to play like a kid again! Math games, engineering activities, science experiments, beer, trivia. It’s all here​!

    • Los Alamos Teen Center

      • Learn about the science of murder! Pull out your detective glasses and try to solve ​this crime using STEAM-inspired clues. 

    • projectY

      • Try your hand decoding telegraphs and radio messages from WWII spies as well as experiencing Morse Code with period-correct communications equipment.  

    • SALA

      • Explore and play in the world of Augmented and Virtual Realities.

    • Samizdat Book Store and Tea House

      • Enjoy boba and tea for sale ​while playing board games! 

    • BathTub Row Brewing Coop

      • Los Alamos Arts Council will spearhead fun STEAM art challenges!

      • Participants can enjoy 1$​ off of their first beer by showing their completed artwork.

    • Dark Night Star Party 8:30 - 11 pm @ Overlook Park

      • Spend the evening with the Pajarito Astronomers Club gazing at the stunning July night sky. While they will have some telescopes available, you are welcome to bring your own. Red flashlights are recommended for safety.

      • This event is contingent on the weather.​​

Tuesday 7/9

7-8 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Growing in Space


NM native Jacob Torres will share his experience growing plants in space.

Wednesday 7/10

6 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Family Evening - Robot Dog

@ Los Alamos Nature Center

Join LANL engineers & drive a Boston Dynamics “robot dog” at PEEC.

Wednesday 7/11

6:30 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Suds and Shows : Hidden Figures

@ Los Alamos Nature Center

Watch the inspiring film "Hidden Figures" while enjoying drinks from Pajarito Brewpub. It's a great evening to relax, watch a great movie, and enjoy some delicious drinks. Don't miss it! The movie starts at 7 PM, doors open, and  a selection of brews, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages will be on sale at 6:30 PM. Bring a picnic dinner, have some drinks, and enjoy hanging out before the movie. Please register in advance

Saturday 7/13

9 am - 2 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Electric Vehicle Show

@ Justice Center

Stop by during Discovery Day to see a variety of electric-powered vehicles!

Saturday 7/13

2-2:30 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Fractals @ PEEC

@ PEEC Planetarium

Embark on a mesmerizing journey of fractals in our planetarium.

Sunday 7/14

2-4 pm

Betty Ehart Senior Center

The Science of Tea

The Senior Center, Teen Center and Samizdat Bookstore explore the science of tea! Taste different types of tea, and learn more about them! Registration required.

Sunday, 7/14

2:30-6 pm

Join us for an exciting showcase highlighting recent collaboration successes between New Mexico deep-tech startups and LANL to address today’s most critical challenges.

  • 2:30-4:30 pm, Pitch Event, Fuller Lodge

    • Hear from NM deep tech startup CEOs, LANL researchers exploring startup opportunities around their advanced technology development, and LANL Postdocs revealing research that may fuel the next breakthroughs in Advanced Materials, AI, Clean Energy, Health Monitoring, and Space Systems.

  • 4:30-6 pm, Reception & Poster Session, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op

    • After the presentations, mingle and build connections over cold beverages, sponsored by Los Alamos MainStreet, during a reception and poster session at Bathtub Row. Engage in meaningful conversations and create valuable relationships in a relaxed setting that fosters new partnerships and opportunities.

​Sign up and questions?  Register at the following link.  Contact for further details.​​​

Monday, 7/15

9-10:30 am

  • New Mexico Clean Energy Transition Roundtable: Emerging Technologies Pathways to Commercialization, Fuller Lodge

    • Be part of a critical conversation featuring a diverse panel of experts, including seasoned investors and visionary founders, who will delve into the hurdles and opportunities of stewarding breakthrough technologies into market-ready products essential for providing greener energy solutions. Together, they will shed light on the essential steps and support needed to transition breakthrough research into products crucial for a more sustainable future.

    • Speakers:

      • Ward Hendon, a climate investor committed to creating a more sustainable and resilient future for both people and the planet, who will moderate the discussion on challenges and demands in the clean energy landscape.

      • Luis Chavez, recent founder of Hydrosonics, and Hunter McDaniel, CEO of UbiQD, will share their insights and experiences in turning Los Alamos innovations into sustainable energy solutions. Both are recent winners of the New Mexico Advanced Energy Awards.

      • David Perez, Director of NM’s Energy Alliance, and Simon Woodruff whose company is incubating fusion startups will share additional insights on New Mexico’s investments and commitments to renewable energy.

​Sign up and questions?  Register at the following link.  Contact for further details.

Monday, 7/15

6-9 pm

Very Large Array Radio Telescope: the Science and Next Phase, SALA

This event will feature a public lecture and Q&A by Dr. Henning on the Very Large Array Radio Telescope, followed by a showing of the 1997 film Contact.

6-7 pm - Lecture - Dr. Patricia Henning is the lead of operations of the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), the continent-wide Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), and the Domenici Science Operations Center in Socorro.


7-9 pm - Film Showing - Contact (1997) The film features the telescope. Reserve movie tickets here.​​​​​

This event is brought to you in partnership with the New Mexico Consortium and Zia Credit Union.

Tuesday 7/16

7:30 am - 12 pm

Los Alamos ScienceFest DOE Panels, Fuller Lodge

U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos County

On July 16, ScienceFest welcomes U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management’s Jeff Avery, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, for STEM-focused Q&A panels at Fuller Lodge from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Avery will be joined by industry, community, and pueblo leaders from the DOE Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, and Pueblo de San Ildefonso. Panel topics include Growing STEM in Local Communities and the Future of Tech and Opportunities in Northern New Mexico.


A third panel, STEM in Schools, will feature senior leadership from Los Alamos Public Schools, Northern New Mexico College, and UNM-Taos HIVE.

7:30 am: Breakfast/meet and greet with panel participants

8-9:30 am: Panel 1 - Growing STEM in Local Communities


Moderator: Danielle Duran, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager, Los Alamos County


  • Jeff Avery, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Environmental Management

  • Ellie Gilbertson, Deputy Manager, EM Los Alamos Field Office

  • Brad Smith, President and General Manager, N3B

  • Raymond Martinez, Lt. Governor and Director, Department of Environmental and Cultural Preservation, Pueblo de San Ildefonso

  • Philo Shelton, Utilities Manager, Los Alamos County

9:45-10:45 am: Panel 2 - Future of Tech and Opportunities in Northern New Mexico


Moderator: Jeff Avery, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Environmental Management


  • Jessica Kunkle, Manager, EM Los Alamos Field Office

  • Duncan McBranch, Partnerships & Pipeline Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • TBD, NNSA Los Alamos Field Office

  • TBD, Sandia National Laboratory

11 am - 12 pm: Panel 3 - STEM in Schools


Moderator: Ellie Gilbertson, Deputy Manager, EM Los Alamos Field Office


  • Rose Reza, Executive Director of UNM-Taos HIVE

  • Carter Payne, Assistant Superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools (additional STEM educators from LAPS to join)

  • Dr. Larry Guerrero, Associate Vice President for Student Services, Northern New Mexico College (NNMC)

Tuesday 7/16

6:30-8 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Poetry Under the Stars


Prepare for an evening of wonder with New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp! Join us for an enchanting blend of poetry and a captivating planetarium show, featuring a stunning visual display of planets, stars, and celestial marvels. This event is part of the series offered by PEEC to celebrate ScienceFest 2024, powered by Los Alamos Mainstreet. Tickets are limited, so we recommend securing yours in advance for this unique event. Admission: $10 

Thursday, 7/18

6-9 pm

Geology of Northern New Mexico Panel Discussion and Film Showing, SALA

This event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A led by Dr. Nelia Dunbar on the geology of Northern New Mexico followed by a showing of the 1997 film Contact.

6-7 pm - Panel Discussion - Dr. Nelia Dunbar leads a discussion on the geology and ecology of the Jemez Mountain Range, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve. 

7-9 pm - Film Showing - Dante's Peak (1997) Reserve movie tickets here.​​​​​

This event is brought to you in partnership with the New Mexico Consortium and Century Bank.

Friday, 7/19

8 am - 4 pm

Driving tour and hike in the Valles Caldera led by Dr. Nelia Dunbar

This event will feature a guided driving tour of the Jemez Valley led by Dr. Nelia Dunbar with several guided hikes in the Valles Caldera before wrapping up in Jemez Springs.

8 am - Meet at the Overlook Park - An overview of the tour will be given and then we'll head to Valles Caldera. Breakfast will be provided. Registration is required and will open on July 5th. The tour is free but limited to 36 participants.​​​​

This event is brought to you in partnership with the New Mexico Consortium and Century Bank.

Thursday 7/25

6:30 pm

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC)

Suds & Shows: Game Night

@ Los Alamos Nature Center

Game night at the nature center featuring video games, tabletop games, and a cash bar hosted by Pajarito Brewpub and Grill.

ScienceFest Programming presented by MainStreet 

"Creative Energy", July 12-16, 2024




Very Large Array Photography Exhibit

July 10th, 2024 - January 10th, 2025

CB Fox Windows, 1735 Central Avenue, Los Alamos

This exhibition features night sky photography by Bettymaya Foott and information about the next stage of development for the Very Large Array.  This exhibit is presented as a collaboration between Los Alamos MainStreet & Creative District, the New Mexico Consortium, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory with support from Zia Credit Union.

Los Alamos History Museum Guided Walking Tours

M-F 10 am & 1:30 pm*

History Museum Lobby

Tickets $25, tours last approximately 1.5-2 hours long​

*The Los Alamos Historical Society will be offering more Historic District Guided Walking Tours on Discovery Day, Saturday, July 8. Times are 10:00 am (WWII emphasis); 11:00 am (General tour); 12:00 pm (General tour); and 1:00 pm (WWII emphasis).

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