Dragon Festival

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Science, history and myth collide during the Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.! Explore the lore of dragons, the impact these creatures have had on societies across the globe, and the science behind the growth and dissemination of their myth! All of the sights and sounds that make the myth of dragons so alluring will be i
n full-force throughout the day!


Dragon Exhibits
Fire Performances
Blacksmith Presentations
Medieval Combat Demonstrations
Stilt Walkers
Dragon and medieval-themed games and activities
Fantasy author and speaker presentations
Ren Faire Marketplace
Dragon Art
Beer Garden
Balloon Animals
Food Trucks

Admission is $10 for all all ages over 3.  Admission is FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of any ASTC Passport participating museum or science center.  Groupons are accepted.  EBT card holders who present their EBT card and official photo ID can enter the festival at the following rates:  $2/adult and $1/ages 3-18.

$5 per beer ticket

Click here to learn more about the link between the myth of dragons and science!

Special thanks to the Dragon Research Collaborative and Roanoke College for making this event possible!

PARKING INFORMATION (view parking map here)
Because many activities and performances during Dragon Festival will take place outside, the museum's parking lot will be closed.  Parking is free and will be located at the First Baptist Church (directly next to the museum on the right), as well as the YMCA (directly next to the museum on the left).  Additional parking will be available at the Children's Medical Center located across Starling Avenue and accessible via Stoneway Drive.  There will be signs directing traffic to the designated parking lots.  Handicapped parking will be available on-site.

Dragon Festival takes place inside the museum and outside.  The event will be held rain or shine.  The museum will tent the majority of the outdoor activities to protect visitors, vendors and presenters from the elements!

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