Raleigh set for bug infestation

October 6, 2018 by  

BugFest, a popular celebration of all things creepy-crawly, was rained out by Hurricane Florence, but has been rescheduled. The annual event usually draws as many as 35,000 attendees to downtown Raleigh.

The event takes place at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in the city’s downtown, and offers more than 100 exhibits, activities, games and crafts, both inside and outside the museum. Scientists, including entomologists, will be on hand to discuss insects with festival visitors. Also returning is Café Insecta where local chefs will prepare dishes featuring bugs, for those brave enough to try them.

The theme of the 2018 BugFest is ‘Arthropod: Crayfish and Other Crustaceans!’ The museum points out that the event is a celebration of arthropods of all kinds including insects (beetles and butterflies), arachnids (scorpions and spiders), myriapods (millipedes and centipedes), and crustaceans (the crayfish). It also celebrates the likes of planthoppers and cicadas.

Visitors can attend a Beekeeping Workshop to learn how to keep a hive of their own. People can also bring their own bug to try and ‘Stump the Experts’. Organizers of events like this, which cover a sizeable area, can use poster printing to create signs so people can find the exhibits easily.

Bugfest is now scheduled for October 20, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Activities held outdoors will now close at 5:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm, as originally scheduled. The event is free to all.