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About the Oppenheimer Festival 2024

Welcome to the second annual Oppenheimer Festival! This month-long celebration is dedicated to honoring the legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. From August 10th to 31st, join us in Los Alamos, where history was made, to explore a captivating blend of films, documentaries, lectures, interactive activities, and historic tours. This festival offers a unique opportunity to delve into the rich cultural and scientific heritage that has shaped our world.

Experience the Story Where It All Began

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project. Through a diverse range of events, you will gain a deeper understanding of the pivotal moments and key figures that played crucial roles in the development of the atomic bomb.

Events

Explore film premieres, classic screenings, documentaries, expert lectures, trivia nights, and family-friendly movies. Support local businesses offering special products and experiences related to Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. Visit key historical locations, capture your experiences, and learn about the rich legacy of the Manhattan Project.

Track your participation with the Oppenheimer Festival Card to earn points and win prizes.

 

Special Events
Enjoy live painting sessions and musical performances, adding creative flair to the Oppenheimer Festival. Engage with local artists and musicians for a unique festival experience.

Get More Out of the Festival

Maximize your festival experience, whether you’re a local or a visitor. Participate in a range of activities, visit local businesses, and explore historic sites to fully immerse yourself in the legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project.

 

Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card

The free Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card, designed for locals and visitors, allows you to track your participation in festival events and activities, earn points, and compete for top prizes. This card will be sent to all households in Los Alamos and White Rock through our monthly distribution with The Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper. Additionally, the festival explorer card will be available at the visitor center, participating businesses, and SALA.

  • How to Play
  • Points System Breakdown
  • Prizes and Rewards
  • F.A.Q
  • How to Submit Your Pass

How to Play with the Festival Explorer Card

  1. Pick Up Your Card:

    • Get your Festival Explorer Card at the Visitor Centers in Los Alamos or White Rock, at the SALA Los Alamos Event Center, or through the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper delivery.
  2. Attend Events & Activities:

    • Participate in various festival events, activities, tours, and visit local businesses to earn points.
  3. Get Stamped:

    • Have your card stamped at each event or activity to track your participation and points.
  4. Earn Points:

    • Collect points for attending events, making purchases at participating businesses, and sharing festival moments on social media.
  5. Track Your Progress:

    • Keep an eye on your points and aim for higher reward tiers. Extra points can be earned through the Festival Moments social media campaign.
  6. Redeem for Prizes:

    • Bring your completed card to the SALA Los Alamos Event Center to redeem your points for exciting prizes.

Join the fun, explore Los Alamos, and win great rewards!

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  • New Reels: Watch "Oppenheimer" and "The Atomic Rocketeer" - 10 points each
  • Classic Films: Historic films - 10 points each
  • Parallel Cinema: Documentaries and Lectures - 10 points each
  • PJs and Movies: Family-friendly movies - 5 points each
  • Atomic Trivia & Hirstoric Trivia:
    Trivia Winners: 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 40 points, 3rd - 30 points, 4th - 20 points, 5th - 10 points

Historic Tours

  • Each tour - 20 points

Local Business Engagement

  • 1 point per $1 spent at participating businesses

     

Festival Moments:

Share photos on Instagram with #OppenheimerFestival

  • Top Influencers & Creators: 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 40 points, 3rd - 30 points
  • Most Active Creators: 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 40 points, 3rd - 30 points
  • Top Reacted Post: 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 40 points, 3rd - 30 points
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Rewards

Redeem your points for exciting prizes:

100 Points: Stickers, Candy, Festival Buttons, Bracelets

150 Points: Oppenheimer Movie Poster, Medium Popcorn

200 Points: Oppenheimer Festival Reusable Cup, 3 Movie Passes (includes popcorn and soda)

250 Points: Oppenheimer Festival T-Shirt, 6 Movie Passes (includes popcorn and soda)

Over 300 Points:

  • 1st Place: VIP Annual Membership for two, Prizes from businesses
  • 2nd Place: Individual Annual Membership, Prizes from businesses
  • 3rd Place: Individual Annual Membership, Prizes from businesses

1. How do I get my Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card?

  • The Explorer Card is distributed for free through the monthly calendar program in Los Alamos and White Rock. You can also pick one up at participating businesses and event venues.

2. How do I track my points?

  • Use your Explorer Card to collect stamps or stickers at each event and location you visit. Record the points you earn for each activity on your card.

3. Can I earn points by supporting local businesses?

  • Yes, you earn 1 point for every $1 spent at participating local businesses. Be sure to ask for your points when you make a purchase.

4. What types of events and activities can I attend to earn points?

  • You can earn points by attending film screenings, documentaries, lectures, panels, interactive activities, historic tours, and more.

5. How do I know how many points I've accumulated?

  • Keep track of your points on your Explorer Card as you attend events and make purchases. You can also ask at the Information Desk for a points update.

Submission Process:

  1. Complete Your Card: Make sure your Explorer Card has all the stamps or stickers for the events, activities, and purchases you’ve made.
  2. Fill in Your Information: Ensure your name, contact information, and total points are clearly written on the card.
  3. Drop-Off Locations: Submit your completed Explorer Card at designated drop-off points located at key festival venues, such as the SALA Los Alamos Event Center Information Desk.
  4. Submission Deadline: The deadline for card submission will be announced in advance. Make sure to turn in your card before the deadline to be eligible for prizes.

Announcement of Winners:

  • Winners will be announced at the festival's closing event and through the festival's official social media channels. Be sure to follow us to see if you’ve won!

Visit Los Alamos

Welcome to Los Alamos, where the story of the Manhattan Project began! Join us for the Oppenheimer Festival and immerse yourself in a rich history while engaging in exciting activities. Whether you’re here for a day or a weekend, we’ve crafted itineraries to help you make the most of your visit. Experience Los Alamos, interact with locals, and participate in festival events using the Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card.

  • One Day Visit
  • Two Day Visit
  • Visit Los Alamos
  1. One Day Visit

    Morning:

    • 9:00 AM: Historical Walking Tour (20 points)
    • 10:30 AM: Film Screening: "The Atomic Rocketeer" (10 points)

    Midday:

    • 12:00 PM: Lunch at a Participating Local Business (1 point per $1 spent)

    Afternoon:

    • 1:30 PM: Lecture: "The Science Behind the Bomb" (15 points)
    • 3:00 PM: Visit the Bradbury Science Museum (20 points)

    Evening:

    • 4:30 PM: Film Screening: "Oppenheimer" (10 points)
    • 6:30 PM: Dinner at a Participating Local Business (1 point per $1 spent)
    • 8:00 PM: Trivia Night: Atomic Age Edition (5 points for participation, 10 points per correct answer)

Day 1:

Morning:

  • 9:00 AM: Historical Walking Tour (20 points)
  • 10:30 AM: Film Screening: "The Atomic Rocketeer" (10 points)

Midday:

  • 12:00 PM: Lunch at a Participating Local Business (1 point per $1 spent)

Afternoon:

  • 1:30 PM: Lecture: "The Science Behind the Bomb" (15 points)
  • 3:00 PM: Visit the Bradbury Science Museum (20 points)

Evening:

  • 4:30 PM: Film Screening: "Oppenheimer" (10 points)
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner at a Participating Local Business (1 point per $1 spent)
  • 8:00 PM: Trivia Night: Atomic Age Edition (5 points for participation, 10 points per correct answer)

Day 2:

Morning:

  • 9:00 AM: Oppenheimer Film Tour (20 points)
  • 10:30 AM: Film Screening: "The Beginning or the End" (8 points)

Midday:

  • 12:00 PM: Lunch at a Participating Local Business (1 point per $1 spent)

Afternoon:

  • 1:30 PM: Lecture: "Ethics of Nuclear Research" (15 points)
  • 3:00 PM: Visit the Los Alamos History Museum (20 points)

Evening:

  • 4:30 PM: Film Screening: "Fatman and Little Boy" (8 points)
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner at a Participating Local Business (1 point per $1 spent)
  • 8:00 PM: Scavenger Hunt Completion (5-15 points per task)
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Schedule

2024 August

“The Atomic Rocketeer” with Award-Winning Producer Larry Sheffield

10 points

An exclusive red carpet event at the Oppenheimer Festival 2024, featuring the highly anticipated premiere of Larry Sheffield’s latest documentary, “The Atomic Rocketeer.” This unique opportunity allows attendees to meet the award-winning producer and gain insights into his work.

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New Reel 

10 points

Experience the latest cinematic masterpieces at the Oppenheimer Festival. Watch the premiere of “The Atomic Rocketeer” by award-winning producer Larry Sheffield and the multi-award-winning “Oppenheimer” by Christopher Nolan, filmed right here in Los Alamos.

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Atomic Rocketeer

Thursday - Saturday 1pm & 7pm Sunday 2:30 pm

"The Atomic Rocketeers" tells the remarkable story of Wernher von Braun, a young boy who dreamed of space rockets and was later seduced into the Nazi party to develop rocket technology for warfare. Award-winning producer Larry L. Sheffield documents Hitler’s ambitious project to create rocket weapons during WWII, which became the largest endeavor undertaken by the Nazi command. As the United States stormed into Germany, the race was on to capture von Braun and his team for their revolutionary rocket concepts. The New Mexico desert, once again, became the top-secret epicenter of discovery during “Operation Paperclip,” as captured Nazi scientists, including von Braun, became the Atomic Rocketeers.
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Oppenheimer​

Thursday - Saturday 1:30 pm & 6 pm Sunday 2:30 pm

Award-winning film "Oppenheimer," directed by Christopher Nolan, was filmed on location in Los Alamos. This cinematic masterpiece tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the visionary physicist behind the atomic bomb during WWII. The film explores Oppenheimer's character, scientific achievements, and the challenges of the Manhattan Project. Nolan's direction and visuals authentically capture Los Alamos, providing a historically rich backdrop. Don't miss this unique opportunity to watch "Oppenheimer" where history was made and immerse yourself in this gripping tale of scientific innovation and ethical dilemmas.
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Classics

8 points

Relive the era of the Manhattan Project through a selection of timeless films. These classics provide a cinematic journey into the historical events, characters, and cultural impact of the atomic age, offering a unique perspective on this pivotal period in history.

Saturdays 6:30 pm and Sundays 3pm

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Parellel Cinema

10 points

Explore a wide range of topics related to the Manhattan Project through documentaries, lectures, and trivia sessions. Gain insights from experts, directors, and historians on the impacts, legacy, and different perspectives of this significant era in history.

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Pjs and Movies

10 points

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly experience every Saturday morning with our PJs and Movies series. Relax in your pajamas and watch animated and family films that are perfect for all ages, making for a delightful start to your weekend.

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Saturdays 9:00 am

Historic Adventures

20 points

Discover the rich legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project by stepping into history with Historic Adventures. Each adventure offers a unique perspective, taking you through the very locations where groundbreaking events unfolded. Walk in the footsteps of history and experience the story where it all began.

 

20 points
Oppenheimer Film Tour
Explore the iconic locations featured in films about Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. Gain insights into how Los Alamos was portrayed on the big screen and see the real-life sites that inspired these stories.
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20 points
Los Alamos History Walking Tours
Delve into the comprehensive history of Los Alamos with guided walking tours led by local historians. These tours provide an in-depth understanding of the town’s transformation during and after the Manhattan Project.
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20 points
Manhattan Project National Historical Park Tour

20 points

Explore the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, which preserves the significant locations of the atomic bomb development. Learn about the scientific achievements and the people who made them possible.
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20 points
Visits to the Bradbury Science Museum
Engage with interactive exhibits and displays at the Bradbury Science Museum, showcasing the science and technology behind the Manhattan Project and its ongoing legacy.
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20 points
Pajarito Environmental Education Center
Engage with interactive exhibits and displays at the Bradbury Science Museum, showcasing the science and technology behind the Manhattan Project and its ongoing legacy.
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20 points
Visitors Center
Engage with interactive exhibits and displays at the Bradbury Science Museum, showcasing the science and technology behind the Manhattan Project and its ongoing legacy.
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Festival Shopping & Dining

The Oppenheimer Festival 2024 is not just about films and lectures; it’s also about experiencing the vibrant local community of Los Alamos. Visit local businesses that have created special products and experiences related to Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. By visiting these businesses, you can earn points on your Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card and enjoy unique offerings inspired by this significant historical era.

 

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