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Shelter in Space with Virginia MOCA

October 14 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Interactive STEAM table provides visitors a chance to design a shelter for life on Mars, inspired by unique conditions found on the big, red planet!

Chrysler Museum Mobile Glass Studio

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

ODU Space Systems Laboratory

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 15 | 10:00 pm

This program will provide an insight into Satellite and Space activities at Old Dominion University's Space Systems Lab. As part of the exhibit, a classroom satellite kit will be showcased. An insight into the anatomy of a satellite will be provided.

Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

Come observe the sky with local astronomers! BBAA members will set up telescopes in front of the TED Center. Corner of Hampton blvd and 43rd St, Norfolk, VA 23508

Hermitage Museum & Gardens

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

Glow Bike Ride with the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

October 14 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Selden Market Booths and Retailers

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

RED Talk: Decolonizing Mars with ODU Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs

October 14 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a discussion about space exploration and the threat of replicating and repeating settler colonial attitudes and actions.

RED Talk: Motion/Emotion with Tina Gustin and Yiannis Papelis and ODU College of Health Sciences

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 15 | 10:00 pm

Red Planet Readings with ODU Master of Fine Arts Program

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 9:00 pm

The Last Resort Arcade

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

Sponsored by ODU Game Design and Development and VMASC, The Last Resort Arcade features Mars, robot, and space-themed video games, alongside VR gaming experiences provided by New World VR.

Celestial Navigation with Nauticus

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

Discover how ancient mariners used the stars, sun, and moon to navigate across the seas!  Find out how these tools of the trade are still in use today by gaining first-hand experience in celestial navigation.

Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

Interact with spatial exploration technologies (such as drones) and discover how these devices have applications locally - and on Mars!

ODU Geography: Understanding This World, Looking to the Next

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

ODU Society of Physics Students

October 14 | 6:00 pm - October 16 | 10:00 pm

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Join the Barry Art Museum on a voyage to Mars! This fall, the second annual Public Arts Festival at ODU is proud to present Mars: a large-scale sculpture by UK-based artist Luke Jerram. Building on last year’s journey to the Moon, Jerram’s red planet shimmers at nearly 23 feet in diameter; an approximate scale of 1:1 million. Each centimeter of the sculpture represents 10 kilometers of the surface of Mars, and pairs its galactic imagery with lights and custom surround sound.  

Serving as a meeting point on 43rd Street, Mars brings the Tidewater community together for three out-of-this-world nights, featuring presentations and performances by ODU students, professors, and local heroes. Join us for an adventure full of food, vendors, dance, music, and conversation, all exploring the Martian landscape and igniting the imagination of young and old. Alongside lively activities every hour on the hour, telescopes are available to observe the actual red planet. The Barry Art Museum will also be open to welcome visitors with hands-on activities from our partners at NASA Langley. 

Festival runs each night from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Museum of the Moon, ODU’s 1st Public Arts Festival in 2021 was a hit! Join us this year for a monumental art experience.