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The El Paso Space Festival returns September 18th – 25th, 2021!
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.
The El Paso Space Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of over 20 educational organizations and space industry partners that help make each year’s festival a success, such as those noted below:
A special thanks to the El Paso Electric Company for their continued support as one of the major sponsors of the 2021 Space Festival!
We welcome additional partners and supporters for this year’s Festival. Contact us today to host or sponsor an event.
Checkout Highlights from Past Festivals:
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.