Is the Festival happening this year?
Yes, the Festival this year will be happening April 21st – 30th, 2022. The Bay Area Science Festival will remain in the spring season in future years.
Where is the Bay Area Science Festival?
The Festival is all around the San Francisco Bay Area! We work with many different STEM groups to provide quality science experiences to Bay Area residents and beyond.
How do I attend or participate?
There are so many ways! The 2022 Festival will include Explorer Tours, Discovery Days, science storytimes, panels, book readings, film screenings, and more. Take a look at our Event Schedule and details on how to participate.
What are Discovery Days?
Discovery Days are the Bay Area Science Festival’s hands-on science extravaganzas for families. All Discovery Days are FREE and open to all. Each year over 150 exhibitors participate, offering non-stop, experiments, interactive games and activities, live entertainment and encounters with unique animals and specimens. There are two Discovery Days each year, one in the East Bay and one in San Francisco’s Oracle Park.
Will there be Discovery Days this year?
Yes, there will be two Discovery Days. We plan to hold Discovery Day at Oracle Park on Sunday April 24th, 2022 and Discovery Day in the East Bay on the CSUEB Hayward campus on Saturday, April 30th.
Will it cost anything to attend the festival?
We’re thrilled to offer most Bay Area Science Festival events FREE of charge. Discovery Days are always free. Some venues, like museums and zoos, may require their normal entrance fee to take part in their events. The Festival’s events and experiences are a perfect opportunity to bring together science role models, families, youth and adults to discover science together.
What happens if it rains?
Almost all events are Rain or Shine. If there are clouds or rain, we will continue the event. If it is determined that the event might become dangerous (due to severe weather), the event will be cancelled.
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How many people have attended the BASF in the past?
With over 50 events from Santa Rosa to San Jose, BASF reaches about 50,000 people each year. In 2019, the BASF’s Discovery Day at Oracle park drew about 25,000 people and the Discovery Day at Cal State East Bay at Hayward drew 4,000. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic we moved the Festival online and hosted a virtual Science Festival with over 150 events and 15,000 visitors.
How do I become a Festival Volunteer?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Bay Area Science Festival!
Please visit our Volunteer information page and fill out the Volunteer Application Form. Volunteer opportunities will become available in February. Please note that we require volunteers to be age 16+ and to be fully vaccinated.
How do I become a Festival Sponsor?
I am a teacher. What opportunities are there for my students?
The Bay Area Science Festival seeks participation by every Bay Area resident, especially K-12 students & teachers! We have found that K-12 teachers are integral partners in the Festival’s success.
We have multiple opportunities for teachers and students. We invite science clubs or students from local middle and high schools to join us (with their teacher advisor or another responsible adult) by hosting a booth at one of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Days events. We’ve had teams of students from Bay Area schools exhibiting robots, biotechnology activities and other great science activities.