The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday October 27 from 10am-3pm at Veterans Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE all-ages day of discovery promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of minds-on, hands-on activities exploring the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math on the Treasure Coast.


The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival aims to show not only the importance of science, but also to highlight how very fun it can be! This event features over 75 exhibitors from around the Treasure Coast, all of which have fascinating learning opportunities and activities available at their booth. This year’s participants will be able to:


  • Build robots with LEGO Education
  • Make tornadoes with the National Weather Service
  • Learn about our flying, feathered friends with the St. Lucie Audubon Society
  • Create eco-art from ocean plastic with BlueTube
  • Explore Florida’s prehistory with Southeast Florida Archaeology Society
  • See real, live corals with the Smithsonian Marine Station
  • Learn about marine mammal rescue on the Treasure Coast and take a peek at a real marine mammal ambulance with FAU Harbor Branch Marine Mammal Rescue Team
  • Discover how sea turtles survive and thrive with Fort Pierce Westwood High School
  • Plus much, much more!


A variety of food trucks will be on-site to satisfy the hunger of festival-goers and free parking will be available in the Downtown Fort Pierce Parking Garage with free trolley transport to the festival site. Admission at the St. Lucie County Aquarium will also be free that day.


Science-focused satellite events are going on now through October 20. For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival website at


The IRL Science Festival has been made possible through funding from the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, LEGO Education, Sunrise Ford, and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, WTTB 1490, Waste Pro, Indian River State College and ECO Magazine.


Can’t get enough of IRL Science Festival events? We’re currently looking for event volunteers to assist us with set up, break down, and everything in between on October 27. Minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. More information can be found at If you are interested in being an exhibitor, late registration is open online until October 17at


About the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) that culminates with a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEAM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance ( since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state of Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit #IRLsciencefest