Mars Fest: Three Out-of-this-World Festival Nights on the Campus of ODU

Friday, October 14th, 2022 - Saturday, October 15th, 2022

The Barry Art Museum will illuminate Norfolk with Mars Fest, the second public arts festival at Old Dominion University. Serving as a meeting point on 43rd Street, Luke Jerram’s large-scale sculpture Mars will illuminate the festival from dusk to dawn October 14th through 16th. More than 60 campus and community partners will take over two blocks of 43rd Street and Monarch Way to present performances, talks, hands-on activities, demos and more in celebration of Mars.

Jerram’s sculpture of the red planet hovers 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 its galactic imagery is paired with lights and custom surround sound.

Alongside lively programmed performances and activities, attendees can shop the Martian Market by the Selden Market, experience glassblowing by the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, visit Arts@ODU’s Supernova Stage for live music and observe the actual red planet through telescopes with Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. The Barry Art Museum will also be open to welcome visitors with hands-on activities from NASA Langley.

Each night 6pm - 10pm

Free & open to the public

Old Dominion University
1004 Koch Hall

Norfolk, VA

36.888946961918, -76.3036478

Mars Fest: Three Out-of-this-World Festival Nights on the Campus of ODU