Aspiring entomologists are invited to San Diego Botanic Garden’s Insect Festival on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-of-a-kind festival is sure to intrigue bug devotees of all ages. The event features thousands of fascinating creepy-crawlies, including lizards, snakes, and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, and tasting cooked mealworm larva – in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki, and barbecue – are just some of the engaging activities scheduled at the festival. Local bug experts will be available for questions and more than 20 educational booths will instruct and entertain children and adults alike.

This year, Sam the giant Galapagos Tortoise will make a special guest appearance on Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Insect Festival is free with paid admission or membership. For more information visit