And so it begins… the 31st annual Flagstaff Festival of Science!

| September 18, 2020
And so it begins… 
Celebrate the Superpowers of Science Sept. 18-27
Hello, Friends!

We are very pleased to kick off the 31st annual Flagstaff Festival of Science–also known as the “Best 10 Days of the Year”–on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.  

Here is a brief overview of some of this weekend’s events. Visit our website at for the full list of more than 60 activities, and remember, everything is free!
9/18/20 The Caped Crusaders of Science (Ballet)
6:45 p.m. recorded video available on
What would a science festival in Flagstaff be without a ballet? Continuing the time-honored tradition, the Superpowers of Science will be joined by dancing superheroes in tights, capes and masks in this year’s annual Festival of Science Ballet featuring the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy. Choreographed by Andrew Needhammer.

9/18/20 W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote Presentation: Tapping into the Superpowers of Science with Earth Scientist Christa Sadler

7 p.m. presentation with live Q&A session available on
Christa Sadler has been playing in the dirt and investigating the environment around her since she was a child. Join this river-running Earth scientist as she shares her world of exploration and discovery in search of dinosaurs, past civilizations and clues about the future of our planet. Learn how science works and how you can get involved in the adventure. Participate in a live, remote question-and-answer session following the presentation!

9/19/20 Geocaching at Fort Tuthill
9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. in person at Fort Tuthill

Tynkertopia invites your family to experience geocaching at Fort Tuthill! Use your smartphones to locate hidden containers called geocaches. Each cache will contain a STEAM challenge. The final cache will contain a small prize for each family that locates all the caches. Start times from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Reservations at Instructions emailed after the reservation is made.
9/19/20 Images in the Sky: Navajo Constellations and Their Meaning: Bryan Bates
6 p.m. recorded video available on
Bryan Bates shares how Native people watched the movement of the sun, moon and stars, and how they were celebrated through ceremony. The Navajo did not have a consistent horizon to use as a reference for their observations. Find out how they used constellations as their guide!
9/20/20 Paleontology Collections & Lab Tour
11 a.m. recorded video available on
This virtual tour will focus on fossil vertebrates including dinosaurs, plesiosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles not typically on display to the public. Learn about local fossils and the paleontology program at the Museum of Northern Arizona. 


All Flagstaff Festival of Science activities are free thanks to the hosting organizations, presenters and our generous supporters!
The Flagstaff Festival of Science will feature a wide variety of online presentations, virtual workshops, classroom talks and guided tours led by Flagstaff scientists. For more information on the program, visit or follow the Festival on Facebook at
Now in its 31st year, the award-winning Festival is the longest-running event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It is made possible through the generous support of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals. Major sponsors include W. L. Gore & Associates, City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues, Flagstaff Arts Council, Northern Arizona University, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, Suddenlink, Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation, Nordstrom & Associates, Coconino County and Peaks Audio Productions.


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