by the community, for the community

What is Cambridge Science Festival?

Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is an annual celebration of 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.

Who’s behind this?

Based out of the MIT Museum, we are a tiny team organizing the 7-day, 250+ event festival (in a typical year!) 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, 15 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 250 collaborators and participants.

What is a Science Festival?

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

How do I get involved?

The best way to get involved with CSF is to attend our fabulous events! This year’s Festival Guide goes live online on August 28 with a full list of everything happening across the city. If you want to host an event at CSF, our Call for Entry is open from April – June every year, or you can send an email to info@cambridgesciencefestival.org and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your event. Find out more about volunteering, or read about our sponsors and how to become one.