North Carolina will be the first state to hold a statewide science festival when the N.C. Science Festival kicks off in September.
The 16-day event spans Sept. 11 to Sept. 26 and will showcase events at museums, aquariums and other sites across the state with events for kids, families and adults. You'll be familiar with many of the events on the calendar so far, including the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' BugFest on Sept. 11 and the Raleigh museum's popular daily programs.
But Julie Rhodes, the festival's coordinator, tells me the calendar will be growing over the next couple of months.
"We're just trying to gather all the things that are happening, " she said.
The festival is being presented by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, which will host a UNC Science Expo Day as part of the festival on Sept. 25.
Rhodes said organizers hope this will be the first of many science festivals.
"There's so much excitement behind it and support," she said. "We think it will be an annual festival."
Check the event's website for details. I'll have more updates on the festival over the summer.