Celebrating Space Adventures!
Bigger, better, and back by popular demand! The 2019 El Paso Space Festival will provide a week-long celebration of space exploration. We invite you to come and learn 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 will offer fun space adventures for everyone. Mark your calendar for our week-long space festival; event dates, details, and registration links will be provides soon.
2019 #EPSpaceFestival Schedule
Event space is limited. Please use the links below to reserve your tickets!
9.28.19 – Rocket Launch Day (RC Airstrip in NE EL Paso)
9.30.19 – Family Space STEM Night (UTEP)
10.1.19 – Rocket Science Educator Night (UTEP)
10.2.19 – Planetarium Show (Planetarium)
10.3.19 – Star Party (Hueco Tanks)
10.4.19 – Sci Fi Science Nerd Night (Alamo Drafthous)
10.5.19 – [MAIN EVENT] – Space Adventure Extravaganza (Sunland Park Mall)
A huge thank you to our major 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 (Activity Kits available to Insights El Paso Science Center via a collaboration with the EP Children’s Museum)
- 16 exhibitors providing 9 additional hands-on space activities
- $1,000 in donated raffle prizes (signed copies of Danny Olivas’ book ‘Endeavour’s Long Journey’) for families that completed their ‘space passport’
- Free lunch included with a $3 festival ticket
- Special free access for children from 3 different group homes
- Evening star gazing party