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Hokie BugFest Goes Virtual For 10th Anniversary

Bug enthusiasts will gather together for a 10th year in a row — this time online at — to celebrate the exciting science of entomology from October 7-17.

This unique, virtual event will feature 10 days of activities that culminate with a full day of online programming. The longer format is a key feature of the new virtual event, designed to increase engagement over an extended period.

Festivalgoers can tune in each day from October 7-16 to discover one of the 10 most extreme insects on Earth, go on a backyard scavenger hunt, download a daily at-home activity, or get a sneak peek at one of the festival’s main exhibits

The full festival begins on October 17 with over 30 virtual exhibits featuring insect videos, virtual tours, countless at-home activities, and other STEAM-inspired (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) adventures for all ages.

Virtual Hokie BugFest will include a spectacular photo gallery, including 3D arthropod imaging. You can meet the infamous members of the Hokie BugZoo on a virtual tour, watch honeybees in action on the Virginia Tech Hive Cam, or tune in for how-to videos like Gardening for Pollinators.

In addition to on-demand content, October 17 will have a schedule of featured events including:

  • “How to Bake Grasshopper Pie” with Virginia Tech Executive Chef Scott Watson;
  • Hokie BugFest’s new Cockroach Derby with pre-race voting;
  • Insect stories read in English, Spanish, and American sign language;
  • Performances from Tony Gustin the Bug Whisperer, local meteorologist Brent Watts from WDBJ7, and bug magician Brandon Owens.

Hokie BugFest 2020 will have plenty of interactive content as well. Through the Hokie BugFest Facebook page, you can post your funniest bug joke on the new Arthropod Comedy Wall, or enter the Buggy Art Contest or new Lego Bug Challenge and win a prize. Be sure to vote for your favorite contest entry and cockroach racer during the 10-day lead up period.

You can also earn your Junior Entomologist Certificate by completing fun online activities.

Hokie BugFest is one of Virginia Tech’s largest science literacy events of the year. Don’t miss this unique festival with a 2020 virtual flare.

Visit to learn more.

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