Where is the Festival?

Typically the festival is on the waterfront at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. However, the festival is virtual in 2020. This website is your launchpad to taped demonstrations, activity sheets, and more.

What is the Festival schedule?

Friday, October 16th is the Sneak Peek School Day. Live, virtual demonstrations will be offered every half hour. The schedule with links to the demonstrations can be found on this website by clicking above: 2020 Interactive Festival. Saturday, October 17th is the Public Festival Day. All demonstrations, activities sheets, and etc. will available on this website for families to explore.

Who are the exhibitors?

We are fortunate to have many exhibitors who return every year. This year's exhibitors include: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Mad Science, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, NOAA, solar4STEM, Spectrum Bay News 9, The Florida Aquarium, U.S. Geological Survey, and USF College of Marine Science.

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 time experiencing hands-on science activities in a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics disciplines.

The Sneak Peek School Day: Friday, October 16, 2020.

St. Petersburg Science Festival Public Event (all ages): Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Typically when in-person, the festival is held 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!

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.


The St. Petersburg Science Festival 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.

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!

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

No pets please.

The Science Festival is free!

When the festival is in-person, parking is available downtown at the SouthCore Parking Garage – $5 for the day.

Free trolleys run to the St. Petersburg Science Festival and Marine Quest all day Saturday from the SouthCore parking garage (101 1st Avenue S).

Additional Parking at the USFSP parking garage, floors 2-5

Disabled Parking

  • 1st Street South, between 6th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South
  • 8th Avenue SE
  • 3rd Street South, west side of street across from Harbor Hall 
  • USFSP parking garage

Festival Street Closures Between 7am – 5pm

  • 6th Avenue South, between 3rd Street South and 1st Street South
  • 2nd Street South, between 5th Avenue South and 6th Avenue South

When the festival is in-person, we are pleased to have a selection of food and beverage vendors participating at the festival each year.  They include:

The Campus Grind

The Tavern At Bayboro

St. Pete Concessions