• January 24, 2022
 El Paso’s 3rd Annual Space Festival returns September 18th

El Paso’s 3rd Annual Space Festival returns September 18th

This week, officials with Insights announced the return of the annual El Paso Space Festival.

“Families attending festival events will be able to launch rockets, make space art, learn about current NASA Research, stargaze, make moon craters, and much more,” museum officials shared.

This week-long Space Festival will take place in multiple locations throughout El Paso, thanks to the support of their great partners:  El Paso Electric Company, Elks Lodge 187, Sunland Park Mall, Boy Scouts BSA, El Paso Radio Controllers, Alamo Drafthouse, UTEP, and several education organizations.

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.  Attend a live virtual tour of the Very Large Array. Hear from regional space industries about the future of commercial space exploration and learn about space careers in El Paso.

White Sands Full Moon Night
Tuesday, September 21st, 7am – 10pm

White Sands National park

When was the last time you saw the full moon rising up from the horizon? 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.

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. This event will also feature a chat with representatives from the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico.

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.

Rocket Launch Day!
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, 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.

Click here to view the 2021 El Paso Space Festival Schedule

For more info on Insights and the Space Festival, click here; for our previous coverage, click here

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