Kids Home for the Summer? AstroFest 2018 Starts July 14th With Many Free Events

By: Simone Graham – Editor HDG: This week-long event, July 14-22, in Pasadena is well organized and has something for everyone. At first, I thought this was just for kids, but after reading through the many types of talks, demonstrations, and activities, I concluded that this is just as interesting for adults as it is for elementary and high school students. Teachers on summer break may want to choose one of the lectures and pick up some new ideas for the classroom.Click on the links provided for more information about an event you plan to attend. Beer is served at the “Astronomy on Tap” events (probably not free, but a plus for the adult who is chauffeuring teens to hear this talk).

About AstroFest 2018: Join lovers of astronomy for a week of FREE and family friendly space-themed events.

On Saturday July 14 from 2 – 8 p.m., 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 8-10 p.m. 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 -11:30 p.m.

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. Check the Facebook Event. Let them know if you are interested/going. Events Current Schedule


AstroFest 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 Ticket purchase for this event. Colorado Street Bridge Party


Learn how to use the library’s 3D printers, digital sewing & embroidery machines, laser cutter and 3D carving machine (valid Pasadena Public Library card is required. 5:00pm – Pasadena Central Library (Editor’s Note: The library card requirement makes this unavailable to visitors from other cities. You would be able to attend the orientation, but would not be able to use any of the equipment)

  • FREE 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


FREE 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


Public lecture “Mapping the Nearest Stars for Habitable Worlds” by Sara Seager

8:00pm-9:30pm | Pasadena Civic Auditorium

$5 fee, please note that seats must be reserved in advance for this event.

(Please note that Public Lecture is included in the assembly registration. Assembly attendees do not have to purchase tickets to attend this lecture. There is a minimal registration fee of US $5 is for members of the public who are not attending COSPAR Assembly)


MOONS Exhibit Opening Reception (Exhibit continues through Dec 16th)

FREE An art exhibit pondering the orbiting mysteries we call moons.  Free shuttles will loop between the Convention Center & ArtCenter (6:30pm-10:00 p.m.)  7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. | ArtCenter’s hillside campus


FREE 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


Lego Contest Showcase Day

FREE 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


The Huntington does have an entrance fee. If you are already a Supporting member, you have free entrance for at least two adults; children 18 and under are free.

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

Search information: What is COSPAR? | What is City of Astronomy? | What is STEAM Pasadena

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