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The Starlight Festival is an educational and entertaining event geared towards children, young adults, and families. Held annually, this unique celebration of science and astronomy among an atmosphere of music and art has a mission to proliferate an awareness of and a better understanding of science and astronomy through interactive outreach and hands on experiences.

Debuting on May 24th and 25th, 2014, this is a free event open to the public in the Village of Big Bear Lake at the Northwoods Resort & Conference Center.   Major manufacturers will exhibit the latest in astronomy and science related gear. The Big Bear Solar Observatory Team joins us with an interpretive center at the festival, and exclusive tours of the observatory. Meet scientists from JPL/NASA, Astronauts, and renowned organizations and individuals in educational public outreach who are there for lectures and demonstrations.

Starlight Festival is hosted by the AstronomyOutreach network, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

Festival Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring awareness and understanding of science and astronomy to the forefront of the general public through outreach and hands on experiences. Our aim is to encourage younger generations to broaden their knowledge in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as they relate to astronomy and space science. We encourage incremental learning in these areas to support future scientific contributions and continual enhancements in our lives, society and the world.

Astronomy Outreach network

Founded in 2000, AstronomyOutreach network promotes and recognizes Individuals, and organizations who are Involved in Outreach in Astronomy for the General Public. We are an inclusive organization who welcomes a wide audience devoted to educational and public outreach, whether amateur or professional, commercial or non-profit.

Aon bestows the Annual AstronomyOutreach Awards to Exemplary Individuals and Organizations in Educating the Public. Our free publication, Sky’s Up Magazine, is devoted to Astronomy and AstronomyOutreach Education. We are a 501c3 Non-Profit Educational Organization, and our membership is free.

AOn is pleased to debut this Annual Festival of Science and Astronomy – the Starlight Festival.