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Oppenheimer Festival 2024

August 10 - 31

Experience the Story Where It All Began

Engage in Events
Enjoy films, documentaries, lectures, panels, interactive activities, and classics, featuring the Oscar-winning "Oppenheimer" and the Premier of "The Atomic Rocketeer."
Step into History
Walk in the footsteps of Oppenheimer and his team as you explore the places where the atomic bomb was developed. Discover the rich heritage of Los Alamos.
Plan Your Visit
Whether you’re visiting for one day or planning a longer stay, we’ve got a range of activities to help you make the most of your visit. Here’s a guide to planning your trip

Schedule and Events

Explore our comprehensive schedule of events for the Oppenheimer Festival 2024. 
Mark your calendars and make the most of your Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card and Oppenheimer Festival Day Passport!

- August 10 th -

Premiere Night: "The Atomic Rocketeer" with Award-Winning Producer Larry Sheffield

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An exclusive red carpet event at the Oppenheimer Festival 2024, featuring the highly anticipated premiere of Larry Sheffield’s latest documentary, “The Atomic Rocketeer.”

Event Schedule:

6:00 PM – Dinner & Meet and Greet Begin the evening with an exclusive dinner and meet and greet with award-winning producer Larry Sheffield.

6:30 PM – Dinner Enjoy a delightful meal while mingling with fellow attendees.

7:00 PM – Premiere of “The Atomic Rocketeer” Experience the premiere of “The Atomic Rocketeer,” exploring the connection between Wernher von Braun’s rocket innovations and J. Robert Oppenheimer’s atomic bomb project.

8:30 PM – Q&A with Larry Sheffield Engage in a Q&A session with Larry Sheffield, gaining insights into the making of the film and its historical context.

August 10th - August 31st

Thursdays – Sundays

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Premiere
Atomic Rocketeer
Thursday - Saturday 1pm & 7pm Sunday 2:30 pm
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Everything has a beginning… including rockets.

During the dark days of Nazi Germany, a young boy named Wernher von Braun dreamed of rockets piercing into space. As he experimented and handcrafted his own rockets, he was seduced into the Nazi party to advance these concepts for warfare.

For the first time, award-winning documentary producer Larry L. Sheffield tells the remarkable story of Wernher von Braun.

Hitler’s drive to build a novel rocket weapon to win World War II was the largest project ever undertaken by the Nazi command. But it was too late. As the United States stormed into Germany, the hunt was on to capture von Braun and his team for their revolutionary rocket concepts.

As with Oppenheimer’s atomic bomb, the New Mexico desert once again became the top-secret epicenter of discovery during “Operation Paperclip.”

They were the captured Nazi scientists. They were the Atomic Rocketeers!

Oppenheimer​
Thursday - Saturday 1:30 pm & 6 pm Sunday 2:30 pm
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Award-winning film “Oppenheimer,” directed by the acclaimed Christopher Nolan. Filmed on location in Los Alamos, this cinematic masterpiece tells the compelling story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the visionary physicist behind the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.

“Oppenheimer” explores the complexities of Oppenheimer’s character, his groundbreaking scientific achievements, and the monumental challenges he faced during the Manhattan Project. Christopher Nolan’s direction and stunning visuals authentically capture the essence of Los Alamos, providing a poignant and historically rich backdrop to this extraordinary narrative.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch “Oppenheimer” in the very place where history was made. Immerse yourself in the gripping tale of scientific innovation, ethical dilemmas, and the profound impact of one man’s work on the world.

Classics

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Saturdays 2:30pm & 6:30 pm and Sundays 3pm

Parallel Cinema

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Thursday 6:30 pm

Documentaries 

Saturdays and Sundays

Trivia

Trivia

Saturdays and Sundays @ 5pm

Test your knowledge on the Atomic Age, Oppenheimer’s life, the Manhattan Project, and New Mexico’s role in atomic research.
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Pjs and Movies

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Saturdays @ 9 am 

Other Events

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Saturday 11 am & 2p pm

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Explorer Card
Plan Your Oppenheimer Adventure
Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, the Oppenheimer Festival 2024 offers a unique and immersive experience. Dive into the legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, explore the town where it all began, and enjoy a variety of engaging activities and events. Choose the option that best fits your schedule and start your journey today!

Explore our comprehensive schedule of events for the Oppenheimer Festival 2024. 
Mark your calendars and make the most of your Festival Explorer Card!

 

For Locals:
Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card

  • Festival Card
  • How It Works
  • Points System Breakdown
  • Prizes and Rewards
  • F.A.Q
  • How to Submit Your Pass

The Oppenheimer Festival Explorer Card is your gateway to fully engaging with the Oppenheimer Festival 2024. Designed specifically for locals, this free card allows you to track your participation in various events and activities throughout the festival, earn points, and compete for exciting 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. It’s free for everyone, encouraging the entire community to engage with the festival and explore where it all began.

  1. Get Your Free Explorer Card: Available through the monthly calendar program in Los Alamos and White Rock.
  2. Attend Events: Track your participation in films, documentaries, lectures, activities, and tours.
  3. Earn Points: Accumulate points for each event and activity you attend. The more you engage, the more points you earn!
  4. Explore Los Alamos: Visit local businesses and historical sites to earn additional points.
  5. Submit Your Card: Return your completed Explorer Card to be eligible for prizes.
  6. Win Prizes: The top five participants with the most points will win special prizes.

Join the fun, learn, and be part of the story at the Oppenheimer Festival 2024!

Film Screenings:

  • "Oppenheimer" (Christopher Nolan) - 10 points
  • "The Atomic Rocketeer" (Larry Sheffield) - 10 points
  • Other classic films - 8 points each

Documentaries:

  • Each documentary - 10 points

Lectures and Panels:

  • Each lecture/panel - 15 points

Interactive Activities:

  • Trivia Nights - 5 points for participation, 10 points per correct answer
  • Scavenger Hunts - 5-15 points per task, 50 points for completing the hunt
  • Special Events (e.g., PJs and Movie) - 5 points

Historic Tours:

  • Each tour - 20 points

Local Business Engagement:

  • 1 point per $1 spent at participating businesses

Top Prizes:

  • Special prizes for the top five participants with the most points, which may include exclusive festival merchandise, tickets to special events, or vouchers for local 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!

For Visitors:
Oppenheimer Festival Day Passport

  • Plan your Visit
  • How it Works
  • One Day Visit
  • Two Day Visit
  • Three Day Visit
  • Visit Los Alamos

Make the most of your visit to the Oppenheimer Festival 2024 with the Oppenheimer Festival Day Passport! This passport is designed for visitors who want to immerse themselves in the festival's activities and explore Los Alamos in a single day.

 

How It Works:

  1. Get Your Day Passport: Available at festival venues and participating businesses.
  2. Plan Your Day: Use the Day Passport to plan a full day of festival activities, including films, documentaries, lectures, and tours.
  3. Collect Stamps: Receive stamps or stickers at each event and location you visit, marking your journey through the festival.
  4. Experience Los Alamos: Dive deep into the history and heritage of Los Alamos as you follow the festival's trail of events.
  5. Submit Your Passport: Return your completed Day Passport at the end of the day to commemorate your experience.
  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)

Top Prizes:

  • Special prizes for the top five participants with the most points, which may include exclusive festival merchandise, tickets to special events, or vouchers for local businesses.
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Step in to History

Discover the rich legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project by stepping into history with our curated tours. Each tour 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.

 

Oppenheimer Film Tour

20 points

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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Los Alamos History Guided Walking Tours

20 points

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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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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Visits to the Bradbury Science Museum

20 points

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.

 

Shopping

Boomerang

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Come visit for a variety of unique gifts, clothing, books, stickers and the Oppenheimer bobblehead!
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SAMIZDAT BOOKSTORE & TEAHOUSE

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Come visit for a variety of unique gifts, clothing, books, stickers and the Oppenheimer bobblehead!
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LITTLE STUDIO ON THE MESA

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Make your own Manhattan Project guard gate ornament, or buy one!
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LOS ALAMOS HISTORY MUSEUM SHOP

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Come visit for a variety of unique gifts, clothing, books, stickers and the Oppenheimer bobblehead!
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INSPIRED JEWELERS GALLERY & DESIGN STUDIO

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

On the second floor at 555 Oppenheimer Drive, check out the autographed photo of Oppenheimer, as well as historic Manhattan Project photos of Gallery owner Michelle Talley's grandfather.
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GADGETS MUSEUM SHOP @ THE BRADBURY

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

On the second floor at 555 Oppenheimer Drive, check out the autographed photo of Oppenheimer, as well as historic Manhattan Project photos of Gallery owner Michelle Talley's grandfather.
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FLOWERS BY GILLIAN

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Kitty Oppenheimer was a botanist and her favorite flower was the orchid. Stop by Flowers by Gillian for orchids, other plants or fresh flowers.
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Dinning

PIG & FIG CAFÉ

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Pig + Fig Cafe’s craft cocktails are the bomb! Check out The Manhattan Project.
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COTTONWOOD ON THE GREENS

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

The golf course features Oppenheimer's favorite drink: the Atomic Martini!
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BLUE WINDOW BISTRO

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

View the Manhattan Project Era photos in the entry and sample the Teller Green Chile Bloody Mary!
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LOS ALAMOS CO+OP MARKET and ART TUNNEL

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

While picking up great food for a picnic lunch, check out the nearby Los Alamos County Art Tunnel, featuring a variety of Oppie-Art, by local artists. From the Co+Op Market, head for the Canyon Rim Trail on foot.
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BATHTUB ROW BREWING

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Sitting just behind Oppenheimer's Manhattan Project home, enjoy a tasty pint of Hoppenheimer IPA on the patio and snap a selfie in front of the Oppenheimer mural!
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HOT ROCKS JAVA CAFÉ & FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Don't miss the Oppenheimer Movie Menu featuring drink specials such as The Gadget Latte.
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LOS ALAMOS CANTINA

Thursday 9:am - Sunday 2pm

Get your food delivered to your table by the robot servers and have an Oppie-tini made with Oppenheimer's own martini recipe!
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