Got Questions About the Wisconsin Science Festival?

What the heck is a science festival, anyway?

Science festivals are public celebrations that offer a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math-related activities—creative exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, debates, workshops, concerts—over a period of several days, in a variety of locations.

What kind of things can we do at a science festival?

All kinds of fun stuff! You can look, listen, feel, touch, taste and discover the wonders of all aspects of the sciences, arts and more through interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, lectures, demonstrations and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers.

When is it?

November 2-5, 2017.

Where is it?

All over Madison and Wisconsin. In 2015, nearly 300 events were held throughout the state.

View an interactive map of 2016 festival locations.

Why do we need a science festival?

Wisconsin is a state with a rich history of science and technology innovation. A wide variety of institutions participate in science, technology, engineering and math research and exploration and yet are almost invisible to the public. The Wisconsin Science Festival offers a chance to bring these gems to light, allowing the public to interact with and explore the scientific wonders in their own backyard.

Is the Wisconsin Science Festival for kids? Families? Teens?

It's for everyone! There are some programs specifically for kids and families, and some just for adults.

Is it free or do I have to pay?

The Wisconsin Science Festival is free and open to the public! Some activities may have a nominal charge for materials or meals and some partner locations charge their usual admission fees.

How do I get there?

Most of the events in Madison are accessible by public transportation.

Several UW–Madison lots near the Discovery Building have spots available for visitor parking. View parking options for the Discovery Building.

Student drop-off is available at the Orchard Street entrance of the Discovery Building. Limited bus parking will be available to school groups who preregister to attend the science festival.

For directions to other festival locations, view the interactive map.

Can I help out?

Yes! For information about volunteering, please visit our volunteer page or contact us at [email protected] or 608.316.4382.

Can I be part of the Wisconsin Science Festival?

Yes! If you'd like to volunteer at the science festival, please check back this summer when we post the volunteer shifts.

If you're interested in sponsoring the festival, please contact Wes Marner at 608.316.4716.

How can I support the science festival?

If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support our goal of bringing science, technology, engineering, art and math programming to more children and adults, please visit our support page.

If you have pictures or memories of the festival that you'd like to share with us through social media, please tag them with #WiSciFest.

What should I bring to the festival?

Your curiosity!