2019 El Paso Space Festival

2019-El-Paso-Space-FestivalCelebrating Space Adventures!

Bigger, better, and back by popular demand!  The 2019 El Paso Space Festival provided a week-long celebration of space exploration.  Participants learned more about past, present and future space exploration at the annual El Paso Space Festival.  With the help of over 20 different organizations, this year’s space festival offered fun space adventures for everyone.

Over 30 educational organizations, 150 volunteers, and 1,784 participants celebrated space adventure at the 2019 week-long El Paso Space Festival.  


2019 Highlights:

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center outreach team participation
  • NASA Johnson Space Center outreach engineer attendance
  • 20+ hands-on Earth and Space activity stations – Insights mobile exhibits
  • 3 volunteer training sessions
  • Over 200 class C rockets launched
  • International Observe the Moon Day celebration with Canadian astronomers


Educational Partners:

2019 #EPSpaceFestival Schedule


9.27.19 – Rocket Building Workshop (Sunland Park Mall)

9.28.19 – Rocket Launch Day (RC Airstrip in NE EL Paso)

9.30.19 – Family Space STEM Night  (UTEP) SOLD OUT

 10.1.19 – Rocket Science Educator Night   (UTEP)

10.2.19 – Planetarium Show   (Planetarium) SOLD OUT

10.3.19 – Star Party  (Hueco Tanks)  SOLD OUT

10.4.19 – Sci Fi Science Nerd Night  (Alamo Drafthous)



10.5.19 – [MAIN EVENT] – Space Adventure Extravaganza  

(Sunland Park Mall)

The Space Adventure Extravaganza will feature hands-on space education activities, space talks, prizes, inflatable planetariums, space art, and much more!  Visitors will have the chance to do hand-on activities at over 20 different stations through out the mall provided by Insights and our supporting educational partners.


A huge thank you to our Artemis-level sponsors: 




Apollo-level sponsors: 


Gemini-level sponsors:


Out of this world space adventures can’t happen without the help of great volunteers.  Would you like more information about our space festival volunteer corps?

How did the El Paso Space Festival get started?

On Saturday, September 29th of 2018 El Paso, Texas celebrated its first space festival with over 500 attendees, 10 Earth & Space activities, 10 local space organizations, and an astronaut!  This was NEVER our intention.

What started as a simple plan to host a science event for 100 children from local child crisis centers at the neighborhood Elks Lodge 187 quickly got out of hand…in a great way. The concept for a space event arose during an unrelated discussion between the Insights El Paso Science Center and the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 187. We realized that a simple combination of Boy Scout volunteers, NISE Network Earth & Space activities, and Elks Lodge venue would provide an ideal setting to host a small space event. Discussing these plans with various stakeholders, we realized that there was a tremendous amount of public interested in a space festival. Inspired by local interest and the success of the Las Cruces Space Festival (40 miles to our North) we began working to improve the educational scope and accessibility of the El Paso Space Festival. With growing community support, we were able expand the festival scope to include: 1-hour Q&A session and group photo with NASA astronaut Danny Olivas, 95 Festival Volunteers, 200 pounds of donated NASA printed educational materials, 15+ Volunteer science and math teachers operating 10 NISE Network Earth & Space activities  and 16 exhibitors providing 9 additional hands-on space activities.


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