What Sets Us Apart

The Las Cruces Space Festival is an annual celebration of space-related activity and interest in southern New Mexico and beyond. Our mission is ‘Making Space for Everyone’. The festival is free to participate in, and open to all, with the cost of activities, presentations, displays, and exhibits all covered by sponsors. We work with many partner organizations across the community – ranging from the public schools, local universities and colleges, space industry, arts, and cultural groups, and many others – to provide an event for people of all ages and interests. We aim to raise awareness and celebrate space-related activity and achievements in the region – past, present and future – and we aim for people to have fun, learn about new possibilities, and get inspired and excited by the various elements of the week-long Festival and associated activities in the area.

Southern New Mexico shares a rich history with space exploration, from the early developments by Robert Goddard in the 1930s, to the rocket launches from 1946 onwards at White Sands, through to the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport at Spaceport America. The story continues to expand through companies such as Virgin Galactic, Boeing, and NASA.

The Las Cruces Space Festival is about celebrating that rich history, showcasing the work that is going on in this region and the talent we have here, and inspiring the next generation with the possibilities of the future.  

We will have a line-up that includes expert presentations, science and technology demonstrations, art, theater, music and film, hands-on experiments, and rocket launches. We really are aiming to have something for everyone!

Photos of 2018’s Festival