El Paso Space Festival returns for second year

Insights El Paso has partnered with Sunland Park Mall, NASA, Boy Scouts BSA Yucca Council, UTEP, YISD, EPISD, NMSU and over 20 space education organizations, to launch the second annual El Paso Space Festival.

The week-long series of Space Festival events runs Saturday, September 28 through Saturday, October 5, 2019, and concludes with the Space Adventure Extravaganza at Sunland Park Mall on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

“The El Paso Space Festival is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science,” officials shared via email.  “Families attending festival events will be able to explore Earth and space phenomena, learn about current NASA Research, launch rockets, stargaze, learn robotics, make moon craters, and much more!”

In addition to hands-on Earth and space activities, the Space Extravaganza on October 5, 2019,  will also feature booths from multiple space organizations like NASA, Virgin Galactic, NMSU, Challenger Learning Center, UTEP, and many more.

Families that complete their Space Passport by visiting all booths will have a chance to win prizes.

Online presale tickets are FREE with a donation of toiletries for the El Paso Elks Lodge #187 TTP Toiletry Drive (please bring all donations to Saturday’s Extravaganza event).

Schedule of Events is as follows:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Rocket Launch Day (RC Airstrip, 6121 Stan Roberts Sr. Avenue)

8:00am – 2:00pm (Get TICKETS online)

Join us Saturday, September 28th to kick off the El Paso Space Festival with a massive model rocket launch day. The $5.00 ticket price covers the cost of your model rocket which can be picked up for assembly prior to the event. STEM clubs, hobby groups, and other rocketeers are welcome to bring their own rockets with prior approval (email RocketDayEP@gmail.com).


Monday, September 30, 2019

MAA Family Space STEM Night (MUREP MAA education lab in the College of Engineering, 1981 Hawthorne Street)

5:00pm – 7:00pm (Get FREE TICKETS online)

Hands-on space-themed STEM activities for the family at UTEP’s Aerospace Engineering Lab.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rocket Science Educator Night (CASSMAR College of Engineering, Metallurgy M302, 1981 Hawthorne Street)

5:00pm – 7:00pm (Get FREE TICKETS online)

Professional Development workshop for teachers and other educators about forensic engineering with a focus on UTEP’s research into the Columbia Space Shuttle accident.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 SOLD OUT

Planetarium Show (Gene Roddenberry Planetarium, 6531 Boeing Drive)

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Free public showing at the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium.  SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Star Party: Hueco Stargazing (Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, 6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1,)

8:00pm – 10:00pm (Get FREE TICKETS)

Stargazing, light pollution workshop, and constellation tour.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Nerd Night: Sci-Fi Science (Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 250 E Montecillo Blvd)

7:00pm – 10:00pm  (Get TICKETS online)

Watch 2001 A Space Odyssey and learn about the science behind the movie from a panel of experts.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Space Adventure Extravaganza (Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive)

10:00am – 9:00pm (GET FREE TICKETS online)

MAIN EVENT: 25+ hands-on activities, space talks, special events, prizes and much more