SAN DIEGO——Science is increasingly a topic to pursue as our society ponders how to navigate the massive weather shifts or how to think about staying healthy. People want answers but need a friendly venue with friendly conversations. The Fleet Science Center’s longstanding favorite, Two Scientists Walk into a Bar®, offers deep science conversations with local scientists in a welcoming environment, a local bar. 

What’s more, in October, the Fleet Science Center is excited to present two special editions: 

This means that San Diegans have more chances to get their burning science questions answered and have intriguing conversations with local scientists. Chats range from what we can do about climate change to gaining a better understanding of how kombucha actually helps our guts. 

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: Bar Crawl Edition encourages bar patrons to do a bar crawl, as all the bars are within walking distance of each other.

  • October 5      North Park
  • October 12    Little Italy
  • October 19    Miramar
  • October 26    North Park

Bar crawlers also can receive a special promotion as they sip and learn, simply by mentioning the code words “Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar” at each bar. 
In addition, patrons get a punch card, and a filled card earns them a chance to win Fleet Science Center tickets. 

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: Farmers Market Edition is a special Saturday daytime event.

  • October 7      Cardiff
  • October 14    Ramona
  • October 28    Vista

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar features scientists who study, research and work in myriad disciplines, including aerospace engineering, forensics, biology, neuroscience, geology, paleontology, ocean chemistry, epidemiology, immunology. . .the list goes on.

“We love our usual 50 scientists at 25 bars all over San Diego County on one night, and now we are super-excited to offer these special October editions in celebration of our 50th Anniversary,” says Andrea Decker, Scientist Engagement Manager for the Fleet Science Center. “The Bar Crawl format, concentrated in specific neighborhoods, will make it much easier for community members to visit multiple locations and talk to more than just two scientists.”

She adds that the special editions were suggested by Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar fans who want a way to talk to even more scientists in their own neighborhoods. 

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar began in 2014 and has grown to become one of the Fleet’s most popular community events for adults. In fact, in 2018, the community program went national with events in multiple cities, including Pittsburgh, Albany, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis.   

Melissa Miller, a freelance science writer who has been one of Two Scientists for several years, notes, “These events help demystify science and put a face on local scientists who are part of the community.” She adds that she really appreciates that people are curious and want to talk about the science that is all around us. “I really appreciate that people are looking to dive deeper and learn why scientists are studying certain things,” she says. 

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar: Bar Crawl edition is part of the Fleet’s ongoing 50th Anniversary celebrations, further supporting its mission of connecting everyone in San Diego to the power of science. 

For Media

  • To schedule an interview with the Fleet Science Center Scientist Engagement Manager Andrea Decker or one of the participating scientists, please contact Fleet Science Center Communications Specialist Suzanne Sanders at (619) 238-1233 ext. 804 or  
  • Información y entrevistas en español también están disponibles para los medios necesarios.
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About the Fleet Science Center
Since 1973, the Fleet Science Center has been a central link between science, schools and scientific organizations, collaborating with the communities that call San Diego County home. Its mission is simple yet bold: to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science. The organization delivers on this mission through engaging experiences and culturally driven education programs in neighborhoods throughout the county and the historic Balboa Park flagship location. The Fleet creates places of inspiration by collaborating with communities to support and grow STEM talent in San Diego. From interactive exhibits and school field trips to free science programs, the Fleet is forward-thinking and consistently evolving to create positive change in the world. To learn more, visit  

About Balboa Park
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban-cultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit

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