Is the Festival happening this year?
No, the Bay Area Science Festival is taking a break in 2023, we hope to return in 2024.
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! Each year the Festival includes Explorer Tours, Discovery Days, science storytimes, panels, book readings, film screenings, and more. Take a look at our Past Event Schedule for examples on how 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 a Discovery Day at Oracle Park?
No, in 2023 the Bay Area Science Festival is taking a break, and there will not be a Discovery Day event at Oracle Park, but we hope to return in 2024.
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.
How can I stay updated on the Festival?
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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 2022, we were back in person for the first time since the pandemic, and the BASF’s Discovery Days events at Oracle park and the Discovery Day at Cal State East Bay at Hayward drew about 25,000 people.
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 to be added to our contact list for volunteering. Volunteer opportunities will become available in February. Please note that we require volunteers to be 16+.
How do I become a Festival Sponsor?
We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities and exhibit options. Please contact us at [email protected] or 415-322-8254 for more information.
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 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.