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Fernbank Museum Announces 2018 Fernbank After Dark Lineup

After-Hours Series to Merge Science with Topics on Love, Gastronomy, Forensics and More

ATLANTA, January 8, 2018 – Beginning in 2018, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will enhance its popular after-hours series, Fernbank After Dark, with thought-provoking themes that explore the scientific side of our daily lives. Launched in 2017 as part of an ongoing initiative to inspire an interest in science and natural history, Fernbank After Dark has seen strong attendance and numerous sold-out events. Programming provided by Fernbank educators and local community experts make Fernbank After Dark a one-of-a-kind after-hours learning experience exclusively for adults ages 21+. 

What makes you attracted to your significant other? Why do people prefer certain flavors over others? How did bootlegging influence the way we consume alcohol today? Fernbank After Dark's 2018 themes delve deep to answer these questions and more on some of life's most interesting topics, including food, love, transportation, imbibing and mystery. Held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, Fernbank After Dark features dynamic science-based experiences, as well as live music, movies in the impressive Giant Screen Theater, small bites and a rotating menu of seasonal beverages from the Mesozoic Bar. 

2018 Fernbank After Dark Lineup:

January 12: 2018 Kick Off Party: Meteorology
Discover extreme weather, from predicting it to preparing for it.

February 9: Love on the Brain
Learn how your biology influences your relationships.

March 9: Microbes and Microbrews
Discover the weird ways your body works to keep you healthy.

April 13: Carnival Science
Reveal the science behind classic carnival mysteries and hard-to-win games.

May 11: Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Learn how transportation systems move more than just you.

June 8: Life Hacks
Your everyday life, simplified.

July 13: Gastronomy
Learn not just how food is made across cultures, but why we enjoy it and how we consume it.

August 10: Brewing & Bootlegging
See how methods of brewing and bootlegging impact the way we drink.

September 14: Night at the Science Fair
Enjoy a night from your high school science fair with an adult twist.

October 12: Forensics
Uncover the science behind one of television's favorite investigative topics.

November 9: Spectrum of the Senses
Discover the interconnected web of your senses and how they help you perceive the world.

December 14: Greatest Hits
Enjoy a myriad of favorite activities from the year's best Fernbank After Dark events.

During Fernbank After Dark, guests are invited to enjoy all of the Museum's indoor exhibitions, including A Walk Through Time in GeorgiaReflections of Culture, traveling temporary exhibitions and more. From May to September, Fernbank After Dark visitors will have access to Fernbank's outdoor experience, WildWoods.  

Cocktails at Fernbank After Dark rotate seasonally and will kick off in 2018 with the Prohibition Manhattan, featuring American Spirit Works Fiddler Whiskey, sweet vermouth and 18.21 Prohibition Bitters; the effervescent Fossil Fizz, combining botanical gin and blackberry jam; and the juicy Blood Orange Margarita with Altos Tequila, blood orange and agave. Fernbank has also partnered with craft breweries to offer beer selections from Atlanta favorites such as Eventide, Second Self, Orpheus and more. Additionally, small plates are offered in the Fernbank Café from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sample offerings include loaded chicken nachos with braised Latin chicken and fresh Pico de Gallo, various flatbreads and tapas. 

HOURS AND TICKETS: Fernbank After Dark is held the second Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Activities and demonstrations are held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music is featured from 9:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fernbank's Café offers small plates from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Mesozoic Bar serves drinks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food and drinks are offered a la carte.

Movies are shown in the Giant Screen Theater at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Visit for the 2018 movie schedule.

General Admission for Fernbank After Dark is $15 plus tax. General Admission and a Giant Screen movie ticket is $20 plus tax. General Admission for members is $10 plus tax. General Admission and a Giant Screen movie ticket for members is $15 plus tax. Tickets to Fernbank After Dark can be purchased online in advance at or at the box office. Visitors must be 21+ to attend Fernbank After Dark. No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.