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What is the Cambridge Science Festival?

UPDATE:  2020 Cambridge Science Festival Cancelled

In the interest of public health and in keeping with MIT’s Covid-19 policies, the Cambridge Science Festival team has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Festival. Read our statement.

The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).  A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

Based out of the MIT Museum, we are a tiny team organizing a 10-day, 200+ event festival with a robust group of some of the most intelligent scientists, generous sponsors, creative non-profits, dedicated volunteers, and curious university students in the world!

We began in 2007 with the support of MIT, Harvard, the City of Cambridge, and other key collaborators and attracted an estimated 15,000 visitors.  Now, 13 years later, we attract more than 100,000 visitors annually, host events in more than 70 different venues from Cape Cod to Central Massachusetts, and work with more than 100 collaborators.

Modeled on art, music, and movie festivals, the Cambridge Science Festival offers activities, demonstrations, workshops, tours, debates, contests, talks, and behind-the-scene glimpses to illuminate the richness of scientific inquiry and the excitement of discovery.

The Festival’s collaborators reach out to the general public including adults, k12 & college students, families, the science community, and under-served audiences to excite and ignite curiosity.

We’re the Cambridge Science Festival located in the United States.  Looking for the Cambridge UK Science Festival? You can find them here.

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

Albert Einstein


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

It’s for everyone! There are some programs specifically for adults or 21+, others are for kids and families.

The 2020 Festival is cancelled in the interest of public health and safety, and in compliance with MIT’s Covid-19 policies. 

Many of the events at the Cambridge Science Festival are free and open to the public… but not all. Check the schedule for ticket and reservation information.

All over Cambridge, greater Boston and surrounding areas! From Cape Cod to Central Massachusetts.

Most of the events are accessible by public transportation. Please see the schedule for exact locations. There is limited parking throughout Cambridge.

Well, at different events you’ll do different things. At some events, like plays and concerts, you’ll sit, watch, and be entertained. But at most events you’ll be participating, creating, and interacting. This is not show and tell… it’s show and do!

Your curiosity!!

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