Celebrate the Academy’s 150th Anniversary
September 6 & 7, 2003

San Francisco (July 18, 2003) - On the first weekend of September, the Music Concourse in front of the Academy will be transformed into an outdoor festival in honor of the California Academy of Sciences’ 150th year. The weekend outdoor festival will feature two full days of live music, a giant Century Ferris wheel, free birthday cake and dozens of nature-inspired activities for families. More than 20,000 people are expected.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 6 from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday, September 7 from 11 am to 6 pm. The festival is free and open to the public. Visitors who ride bikes or take public transit will also receive free admission to the museum. As always, museum admission is free for all members.

Throughout the weekend, the Academy will showcase science demonstrations, naturalist interpretations of live animals, solar viewing, live music, children’s entertainment, street festival foods and free cake.

In addition to learning more about our environment, festival revelers will enjoy two full days of headline musical acts on the main stage in the historic Spreckles Temple of Music band shell. Musicians include American Ragtime, the Golden Gate Park Band, Lee Press-on and the Nails, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, Swing Session, Vivendo de Pão, and one for the kids, The Banana Slug String Band.

Other highlights of the two-day festival include these free programs:

Wild Cats
Guaranteed to “wow” children and adults alike, wild cats from around the world will be on view. Naturalists bring live cats on stage to discuss the cats’ delicate habitats and natural behaviors. Visitors will be able to view a Canadian Lynx, a Siberian Lynx, a Cougar, and a Cheetah each day.

Great horned owl, Bubo virginianus; photo: Gerald And Buff Corsi/CAS

Raptor Rap
Learn about predator prey relationships when these birds of a feather are on the children’s stage with a naturalist. See a Great Horned Owl, a Peregrine Falcon, an American kestrel, and a Turkey Vulture on stage each day.

Hither, Slither, and Yon
Slithery snakes and raucous reptiles will be on hand in this program, when naturalist Chris Giorni brings a Red-tailed boa, a Burmese Python, an African spurred tortoise as well as frogs, toads and lizards on stage to discuss the habits and habitats of these slippery friends.

Bat Ma’am Patricia Winters
In the full light of day, view a variety of bat species found in California on stage with Bat Ma’am Patricia Winters. Ms. Winters, or Bat Ma’am, introduces to audiences the ecological importance of these night flying creatures.

Draw Me a Story
Ane Rovetta uses the art of storytelling and illustration to teach listeners about nature. As an accomplished illustrator and naturalist, Ms. Rovetta weaves and illustrates tales (and tails) to the young and young at heart, teaching her listeners about the natural world.

The American Tradition of Ragtime
Enjoy popular dance hall and theater music from the turn of the last century. Using original ragtime orchestrations from director David Reffkin's large collection, the group performs lively and engaging selections from its musical repertoire. Ragtime is arguably the first truly American form of music, predating jazz.

Taiko: The Art of Japanese Drumming
The internationally renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo, led by Master Artist Seiichi Tanaka, was the first taiko group in the U.S. and continues to lead the way in modern taiko interpretation worldwide. In this program, senior ensemble members Heidi Varian and David Gonzalez present the four elements of taiko–communication, respect, power, and spirit.

Presidio Performing Arts Foundation Children’s Dance Theatre
Dancing Across Cultures is the Presidio Children’s Dance Theatre’s highly successful performance of the folk dances of 25 nations. It is fast paced and exciting with authentic and colorful costumes from the folklore traditions.


And More...
• Eco Maze
• Red Panda Acrobats
• Rolling Rainforest
• Marine Mammal Center Whale Bus
• Story Time
• Solar Viewing and Paper Cup Planetariums
• Scientific Demonstrations

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