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Hokie BugFest

4-H Entomology

Toddler with a millipede. Albemarle County, VA

Who doesn't love a millipede?

Hokie BugFest celebrates the fun and exciting science of entomology, and the Virginia Tech tradition of learning and discovery, through outreach and engagement. This event highlights an ongoing youth education program hosted by the Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Virginia Cooperative Extension's 4-H program, and the department's student-run professional organization, the W. B. Alwood Entomological Society. Since its inception in 1966, Alwood Society members have engaged over 30,000 children by hosting department tours, visiting schools, and supporting special events like the Hokie BugFest. The event is just one day in this ongoing, year-round effort. 

Hokie BugFest 2022

The twelth annual Hokie BugFest is scheduled on October 8, 2022 as an in person event!

This year, our event will consist of three components: a traveling field trip, an in person event, and a virtual event. We will continue to strive to provide a science-based event open to the public following our ongoing priorities as best as we can, including:

  • FREE admission
  • Family-oriented environment
  • S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism Friendly Environments) event


Our in-person event will take place on October 8th, 2022, from 10am-3pm. We will have an early opening at 9am for those with special needs (SAFE hour).  Come to enjoy live bugs, educational exhibits and hands-on activities!



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For questions regarding this event, please contact Whitney Weaver -