Where is the Festival?

The Festival is held on the waterfront at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus (corner of 6th Ave S and 2nd Street S), and at Poynter Park (3rd Street S). MarineQuest is held at the same time next door at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Attendees are encouraged to visit both events.

What is the Festival schedule?

Friday is the Sneak Peek School Day. Schools must register to participate. Saturday from 10am-4pm is the free Public Festival Day. There will be exhibits, main stage programs, and concessions on the USF St. Pete campus and Poynter Park.

The 2025 dates have not been selected yet.

The St. Petersburg Science Festival (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.   SPSF is offered in conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife’s MarineQuest.

The SPSF also offers a Sneak Peek for schools on the Friday before the public festival to provide local schools and students a sneak peek. Students in grades 4 and 5 will spend time experiencing hands-on science activities in a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics discipline.

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.

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 Festival has a selection of food and beverage vendors participating, including:  

  • The Tavern
  • The Grind
  • Aramark
  • Ameenah’s Catering
  • Boba Shark
  • Hippie Squeeze Lemonade
  • Tara’s Kitchen
  • Tuk Tuk Coffee
  • Coles
  • Reese Ohan

Parking is available downtown at the SouthCore Parking Garage – $5 before 2pm and $10 after 2pm.

Free trolleys run to the St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest on Saturday every 10 minutes from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  

Additional Parking at the USFSP parking garage, floors 2-4

Disabled Parking

  • 1st Street South, between 6th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South
  • 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

Free trolleys run to the St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest on Saturday every 10 minutes from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Trolley Stops

  • Second Street South between Central Avenue & First Avenue South – under the pedestrian bridge connecting the Office Tower and the SouthCore parking garage.  This is the same location as the Baseball Shuttle stop. Motorists may park in the SouthCore parking garage (101 1st Avenue S) by entering from 1st Avenue South between 1st and 2nd Streets
  • USF St. Petersburg (location of the Science Festival)
    at the south side of 6th Ave S at 2nd St
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute (location of MarineQuest) at 1st St & 8th Ave SE in the circle in front of the building

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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!

 

We are fortunate to have many exhibitors who return every year. They include: Boyd Hill Nature Preserve,  Mad Science,  NOAA, Pathfinder, The Florida Aquarium, U.S. Geological Survey, and USF College of Marine Science.

The public festival on Saturday is appropriate for all ages.

No pets please.

The Science Festival is free!

Can I see the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Virtual Festivals?

We created online content for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Festivals. Follow the links below to see a story map of the 2019 Festival and the full interactive sites for the 2020 and 2021 Festivals.

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