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What is the St. Petersburg Science Festival?

The 10th annual St. Petersburg Science Festival (SPSF) will being held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 in conjunction with MarineQuest, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s annual open house.

The SPSF is a free, public celebration offering a wide range of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math-related activities. They include creative and compelling exhibits, demonstrations, tours, discussions and performances.

The SPSF also offers a Sneak Peek for schools on Friday, October 16, to provide local schools and students a sneak peek into the festival. Students in grades 4 and 5 will spend two and a half hours experiencing hands-on science activities in a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics disciplines.

When is it?

  • Sneak-Peek School Day (by reservation only): Friday, October 16, 2020
  • St. Petersburg Science Festival Public Event (all ages): Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 10am - 4pm.


Where is it and how do I get there?

On the grounds of the Poynter Park and University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus - Bayboro Waterfront, 140 Seventh Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL, 33701.

From Sixth Avenue South at the USF Bull statue walk along Harborwalk (find the tall, flag signs).  The festival extends from here to the grassy area on the waterfront behind Davis Hall. Look for the many tents. You can’t miss it!

Why St. Petersburg?

The City of St. Petersburg is home to many festivals; our community proudly celebrates our local art, sports, and music. These festivals showcase the amazing array of assets the Tampa Bay area has to offer and the community loves them.

On October 17th, science will be the star!

St. Petersburg has numerous academic institutions, corporations and government agencies that are heavily invested in science, technology, engineering and math. It is also home to the St. Petersburg Ocean Team, a marine science research community of more than 1,600 working scientists and researchers.

This festival highlights St. Petersburg’s hidden science treasures, engages the community, and inspires young minds to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Who’s planning this festival?

The SPSF is a grassroots community volunteer effort and the collaborators are a "who’s who” of science organizations in St. Petersburg and their friends. They include people from major academic centers to leading research organizations, cutting edge high technology corporations, museums, environmental outreach organizations, volunteer student interns who are planning, organizing and executing all the functions that go into putting on a public science event.

Sponsors from throughout the community, many of them collaborators, have provided funding for the science festival.

What will we see? What will we do?

The science festival is a "carnival of science” filled with indoor and outdoor hands-on exhibits and activities. Among the exhibits and sights: view underwater remotely operated vehicles, peer into a microscope, learn about circuits, and see what marine life lives off of Florida’s coasts. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with experts from the fields of marine science, forensics, and exploration, just to name a few.

You will participate, create, interact, and be entertained!

Is this science festival just for kids?

The public festival on Saturday, October 17th, is appropriate for all ages.

No pets please.

Is there an admission fee?

The science festival is free!








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“This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at (727) 873-4332 or City of St Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/TTY”

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