Themes & Series

Themes & Series

Themes & Series

This year’s Festival runs from Monday September 25 to Sunday October 1, with events taking place at venues all across the city.

As usual, our beloved Science Carnival returns to the Kendall/MIT Open Space on Sunday October 1, between noon and 4pm. Read about this year’s themes and series, then follow the links to see all the events in each category.


In the Neighborhood

Monday September 25 – Sunday October 1

Don’t miss the 75+ festival events taking place in neighborhoods across the city, in local libraries, open labs and a host of public spaces. Events, workshops, programs, lectures and more.

See what’s on In the Neighborhood


Lunch & Learn

Monday September 25 – Friday September 29 • 12-1pm

Come to one of over 25 weekday, lunchtime lectures throughout the city. Topics range from mushroom foraging to cognitive learning, writing sci-fi villains to genome editing. Full details, including links to reservation pages, will be published in early September.

Lunch & Learn events


#IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit

Monday September 25 – Sunday October 1

Kendall/MIT Open Space, 292 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142

Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN® Initiative presents #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit. Previously seen at the Smithsonian, Dallas’ NorthPark Mall, Central Park Zoo and dozens more locations across the country, #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit is a monumental exhibit of 120 3D-printed statues celebrating contemporary women innovators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Cambridge Science Festival hosts the final gathering of 30 of these statues, with individual stories of the women the statues represent accessible through QR code-linked videos, images and biographies. The installation highlights how a more diverse, more inclusive workforce will strengthen the world’s shared future — IF we support a woman in STEM, THEN she can change the world!

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Health Equity Day

Thursday September 28

Be a part of the conversation – the festival offers a day of programs around the theme of Health Equity. From lunchtime lectures to panel discussions and art exhibits – familiarize yourself with a range of topics at the heart of this fundamental issue, and meet those leading the way in Health Equity thought and action.

Health Equity events


Art at Night

Friday September 29 • 5-8pm

CSF shines a spotlight on the innovative and diverse East Cambridge Creative Corridor. Featuring the creative components and science elements of local visual and performing artists.

Art at Night events


Science x Fashion

Saturday September 30

CSF partners once again with Boston Fashion Week to present a dynamic day of science-focused fashion content. From interactive workshops, panel discussions and lectures to pop-up exhibits, meet-the-maker opportunities and our evening runway show, featuring collections by designers at the forefront of fashion innovation.

Science x Fashion events



Sunday October 1 • 12-4pm

A family-friendly science extravaganza, Carnival is a beloved regular fixture of CSF and features over 100 activity booths, demonstrations, live music and events, the ever-popular Robot Petting Zoo and Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Freeze-Off competition. Carnival is an adventure playground for inquisitive visitors of all ages – we can’t wait to see you there and celebrate our diverse, creative community together.

What’s on at Carnival?