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Oregon Science Festival

September 9-15

Free for Members!

Join us for a week-long celebration of science!

The Oregon Science Festival, presented by OMSI, includes five days of events in the Portland Metro Area and beyond from September 9-15, 2024. Enjoy workshops, tours, lectures, and events—all celebrating STEAM education. Learn more about the vast array of scientists, engineers, and innovators who are inspiring future generations around Portland. The festival will end with a two-day Science Festival hosted at OMSI on September 14 and 15, 2024.

Host a Sci-Fest Event or Participate as a Vendor

Host a workshop, lecture, or event during the week of Sept 9-13, or table at the Oregon Science Festival at OMSI Sept 14-15.

*Note that the events scheduled during Sept 9-13 will be hosted by YOU and your staff at your location.

Members get in FREE

When you become an OMSI member you join a community that is wildly curious and believes that fun, engaging science education should be available to everyone.

Becoming an OMSI member gets you major perks: free admission to the museum, discounted tickets to featured exhibits, and insider access to special events—like the Oregon Science Festival!



Interested in volunteering for this special event? Are you comfortable providing quality customer service in a fun atmosphere? If yes, your first step is to complete the Oregon Science Fest Volunteer application form. We’ll send you an email once we’ve received your application with more details.


Note: all volunteers must be 14 years old or older to participate in this volunteer opportunity.

OMSI volunteer and kids sitting at a table doing a brain structure drawing activity at the Oregon Science Festival

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Science Festival?

Science Festivals bring together families and individuals to celebrate science as a vital local force–showcasing how important it is to our local culture, education, and economy. They bring STEAM education to everyone in unexpected ways and engage a broad community to encourage a passion for science!

OMSI’s Science Festival will feature a week of events, September 9-15 at both OMSI and various other community locations and will culminate with a 2-day Science Festival at OMSI. See the Festival Guide (coming soon!) for a complete schedule of events.

Do I have to buy a ticket?

Tickets to events happening September 9-13 might have a ticket associated with them. You can find the details on our website here.

Tickets for the Science Festival at OMSI on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, will be $18 adults (14+), $13 youth (3-13) and $15 seniors (63+). OMSI members receive free admission! The Arts for All program will be honored at this event.

Will there be events for children? What about events for adults only?

All events are family-friendly unless otherwise noted.

Will food and beverages be served at Science Festival events?

For the events happening Monday-Friday, please check the event listing or the venue’s website to determine what will be available. At Science Pub and events taking place at OMSI will have food and beverages available. If the event is after hours, alcohol will be available as well.

For the Festival at OMSI taking place Saturday & Sunday, we will have multiple options for food and drink, with a complete list coming soon!

Driving Directions + Parking + Transit

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave Portland, OR 97214. Visitors can pay for parking through the Parking Kitty app or at parking kiosks in the South parking lot.

OMSI parking costs  $5 (+ fees) for 2 hours or  $8 (+ fees) for all day parking.  Guests arriving at 5pm or later can expect to pay a flat fee of $2 (+ fees) for the evening.

If you prefer not to drive, take Transit and get $2 off your ticket. Just show your Transit receipt at the front desk!

Will there be a Portland Mini Maker Faire this year?

The Science Festival will replace the annual Maker Faire.

What happens if it rains?

The events are rain or shine.

Have a question that isn’t answered here?

Email us at events@omsi.edu.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Our partners help us propel science learning into the future. Thank you for being part of our mission to engage, inform and inspire curiosity!

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2024 Schedule

Coming soon!