About AstroFest 2018

Welcome to the 2018 AstroFest: July 14-21!

Join lovers of astronomy from across the city for a week of FREE and family friendly space-themed events.

On Saturday July 14 from 2-8pm, AstroFest kicks off the week with a festival of hands-on activities, robotics demos, creative art displays, planetarium shows and more at the Pasadena Convention Center, with evening star-gazing from 8-10pm at the both the Pasadena Convention Center and The Paseo. And if you feel energized, please join the Colorado Street Bridge Party organized by Pasadena Heritage, 6-11.30pm.

Together with scientists from all over the world who will be gathering during the same week for the 42nd COSPAR Assembly, we invite you to take part and explore our place in the Universe.

Mark your calendars for the events below!

... and check out our facebook event! -- Feel free to let us know if you are interested/going!


Current schedule, but please stay tuned for updates!

Saturday, July 14

2:00pm-8:00pm Exhibits and Shows at the Pasadena Convention Center  

8:00pm-10:00pm Evening Star Gazing at the Pasadena Convention Center and The Paseo

6:00pm-11.30pm Colorado Street Bridge Party


Monday, July 16

Introduction to the Innovation Lab 
Learn how to use the library's 3D printers, digital sewing & embroidery machines, laser cutter and 3D carving machine                      (valid Pasadena Public Library card required)                                                                                                                                                     5:00pm | Pasadena Central Library

Astronomy on Tap: "Fantastic Stars and how to find them" - by Sarah Blunt & Dillon Dong
Have a beer or a pretzel while astronomers entertain you with stories of the universe                                                                           7:30pm-9:30pm | Der Wolfskopf

Tuesday, July 17

Astronomy on Tap: " Weekending on the Moon - it's coming!" by Jim Bell; "The Universe in Infrared" by Rebecca Larsson
Have a beer or a pretzel while astronomers entertain you with stories of the universe                                                                           7:30pm-9:30pm | Der Wolfskopf

Wednesday, July 18

Public lecture "Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable Worlds" by Sara Seager
8:00pm-9:30pm | Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Please note that seats must be reserved in advance for this event and there is a small fee.

Thursday, July 19

MOONS Exhibit Opening Reception (Exhibit continues through Dec 16th)
An art exhibit pondering the orbiting mysteries we call moons.                                                                                                                         Free shuttles will loop between the Convention Center & ArtCenter (6:30pm-10:00pm)                                                                       7:00pm-10:00pm | ArtCenter's hillside campus

Friday, July 20

Public Lecture and Stargazing: "A Stellar Diamond named Lucy" by Donal O'Sullivan 
Have a look at what's up in the night sky with help from Caltech astronomers                                                                                         8:00pm-10:00pm | Caltech, Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium

Saturday, July 21

Lego Contest Showcase Day
Calling all Lego enthusiasts! See Lego(r) contestants present their entries before a winner is chosen                                                                                                                 2:00pm-4:15pm | Pasadena Central Library, Walnut Street


Radiant Beauty: Rare 19th Century Astronomical Prints (April 28 - July 30)
10:00am-5:00pm (Wednesday through Monday) | Huntington Library, West Hall



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