SAve the date!
El Paso Space Festival returns
September 15 - 23, 2023
EPSF returns this Fall to celebrate traditional and unique innovations in space exploration that continue to create exciting opportunities for anyone to participate and contribute.
Thanks to the many Community Partners that have joined us over the years, The El Paso Space Festival (EPSF) is growing into a true grass roots, community-based celebration of human space exploration efforts and achievements.
Each year the El Paso Space Festival focuses on a different aspect of space exploration. In addition to traditional space exploration topics, this year’s Festival will feature a variety of hands-on, highly interactive and simulation experiences that explores the idea of "Space in Everyday life"
Stay tuned to learn more about this year's theme and our new Community Partners, as well as sponsorship and volunteer opportunities!
History of the El Paso Space Festival
On Saturday, September 29th, 2018, El Paso celebrated its first Space Festival with over 500 attendees, 10 Earth and Space Activities, 10 local space organizations, and a local 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 National Informal Science Education (NISE) Network Earth & Space activities and 16 exhibitors providing 9 additional hands-on space activities.
Did you love the El Paso Space Festival?
Remember to mark your calendars for the annual Las Cruces Space Festival held each spring in Las Cruces, NM.