2021 El Paso Space Festival

El Paso Space Festival logo 2020

Celebrating Space Adventures!

Did you know that rockets are NOW launching into space right here in the Border Region? Join our 2021 #El Paso Space Festival to learn more about this exciting new space race with a week of fun space adventures for the whole family!

 September 18th – 25th, 2021!



 2021 #EPSpaceFestival Line Up

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1) Space & Astronomy Extravaganza! [Main Event]

Saturday, September 18th, 12 noon – 5PM

Sunland Park Mall

This is the main event of the week-long #EPSpaceFestival. New this year will be our interactive Experience Zones where you can learn about space and astronomy through dozens of hands-on activities, prizes, space art, and makerspace crafts. Chat with local space professionals to learn about space careers in El Paso and share your thoughts about space exploration. Toiletries donations will be accepted onsite and distributed by the Elks Lodge #187


2) White Sands Full Moon Night

Tuesday, September 21st, 7am – 10pm

White Sands National park

Grab your friends, family, pets, sleds, and picnic to view the full moon from one of the most beautiful landscapes on our planet during White Sands Full Moon Night. Park closing times will be extended to allow you to view the full moon from the dunes. On these nights, there will be no programs or concerts for the summer of 2021, but the entire dunes area will be open to explore under the full moon. Don’t forget to complete your night sky bingo card while out at the dunes.


3) Nerd Night: Contact

Wednesday, September 22nd, 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse, East El Paso

Why are we here? Are we alone? What does it all mean? The blockbuster movie Contact, starring a young Jodie Foster, is arguably one of the more inspirational movies to address these questions. Join us at the Alamo Drafthouse for a special viewing of this cult classic and a discussion with keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Maynard, Associate Dean, College of Global Futures, Arizona State University. Did you know this movie was filmed right in our own backyard? This event will also feature a chat with representatives from the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico.


4) Star Party

Thursday, September 23nd, 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site

Insights, the Sun City Astronomers, and Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site are hosting an evening of a fun night of stargazing and astronomy talks!  Feel free to bring your own camp chairs, telescopes, and non-alcoholic beverages for a beautiful evening under the stars at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. Free hot chocolate will be available.


5) Rocket Launch

Saturday, September 25th, 8 am – 1:00PM

El Paso Radio Controllers Airstrip (6121 Stan Roberts Sr Ave)

Build and launch your very own model rocket during the final event of our 2021 #EPSpaceFestival. Your ticket includes a rocket, rocket decorations (available during the Space & Astronomy Extravaganza!), and a launch window. This event will also offer hands-on rocketry activities, local rocket clubs displaying their BIG rockets, and a Space Festival T-shirt Nebula Tie Dye party. This event is co-sponsored by El Paso Radio Controllers.


Our Partners:


 A special thanks to the the El Paso Electric Company, El Paso Elks Lodge 187, Sunland Park Mall, Alamo Draft House and, Boy Scout Troop 187 for their continued support as major sponsors of the 2021 Space Festival!


The El Paso Space Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of multiple educational organizations and space industry partners that help make each year’s festival a success!


Stay tuned for details about events, volunteering opportunities and sponsorship support options. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and join our newsletter for more frequent updates about our STEAM educational programs.


Inaugurated in 2018, The El Paso Space Festival is an annual celebration of space exploration



Checkout Highlights from Past Festivals:

2018 El Paso Space Festival


2019 El Paso Space Festival



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.

Did you love the El Paso Space Festival?  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual Las Cruces Space Festival held each spring in Las Cruces, NM.  

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