Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Bay Area Science Festival?
"The Festival" itself is all across the San Francisco Bay Area! One important goal of the Bay Area Science Festival is to offer high-quality science experiences to all Bay Area residents during the ten days of the Festival. To accomplish this, the Festival works with local science leaders in communities across the San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area Science Festival has divided up all of the events by regions: North Bay, East Bay, South Bay and San Francisco.
What are Discovery Days?
Discovery Days are the Bay Area Science Festival’s hands-on science days for families. Discovery Days are free and open to the public. Each year hundreds of exhibitors participate by offering non-stop experiments, interactive games and activities, live entertainment, and encounters with live and unique animals and specimens. There are three Discovery Days each year, one in the North Bay, one in the South Bay or East Bay (depending on the year), and one in San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Ours is the North Bay Science Discovery Day, and it is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.
Is the Discovery Day free?
The Discovery Day Events are free for the public to attend! Yes, absolutely free! How does this happen? The Discovery Day sponsors and exhibitors contribute money to pay the costs of the event.
At the North Bay Science Discovery Day, the PARKING is also free!
Did we mention that EVERYTHING is FREE for EVERYBODY?
What happens if it rains?
The majority of our activities are inside buildings. If it rains, most of the outdoor activities will be able to move indoors. Plan to attend even on a rainy day, as there will be more than enough to keep you busy!
In 2016 there was rain (for our first time), and everyone still enjoyed the event!
How many people have attended in the past?
The first North Bay Science Discovery Day was attended by 4,000 people. The attendance at the second event doubled to 8,000. In 2013, over 10,000 people attended. In 2014 and 2015, over 12,000 attended. In 2016, we estimate 15,000 people were in attendance -- in spite of the rain! In 2017, there was the tremendous fire in Santa Rosa just days before the event, but the community wanted us to go forth. There was an expected decrease in attendance numbers, but all 10,000 attendees truly appreciated it. In 2018, we were back up to 15,000 attendees!
Do you have any hints for attendees?
We have lots of fabulous food vendors, but the lunch lines in the past have been long. Some people have complained about the cost, especially those with a big family. Consider bringing lunch, beverages, and snacks so that you don't have to spend a long time in a food line.
Consider marking your cell phone number on your child's arm, so if he or she gets lost we can quickly find you.