Mars, PA
May 4, 5, 6
Various times

Thanks to this weekend’s Mars New Year Celebration you don’t have to travel 54 million kilometers to explore the fascinating “Red Planet.”

Blast off to Butler County to ring in the Mars’ New Year—which occurs every 687 Earth days—and learn firsthand about NASA explorations and innovations.

The interstellar free fun includes sci-fi costume contests, children’s activities, exhibits, food and gift vendors, and demonstrations led by top scientists, engineers and educators from NASA, PITT Mobile Science Lab and Carnegie Science Center. Meet NASA specialists Katie Beckwith and April Lanotte—both Mars High School graduates.

Want to help NASA send humans to Mars in 2030? Students in grades 9–12 can participate in the “Meet the MARS Challenge” by identifying and solving future problems that humans might encounter if Mars is one day colonized. Set up your project at the festival, and if NASA is impressed, you might win a Continuing Education Gift worth $12,000!

For the parents, the far-out fest also includes a kick-off dinner at Twelve Oaks Mansion and the Mars Brew Fest.

For more events, check out 1o Pittsburgh events not to miss in May and Top 10 family events in Pittsburgh this May.