2016 Los Alamos ScienceFest Breaks Record

Period cars parked Saturday at Los Alamos Project Main Gate Park during this year’s ScienceFest. Courtesy photo

Briefing a young scientist during this year’s ScienceFest at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Los Alamos MainStreet’s 2016 event report indicates that the 2016 Los Alamos ScienceFest was the most successful to date.

Held July 13-17 (4.5 days), the event included 39 sponsoring or partnering organizations, 27 activities and more than 11,000 attendees—a 16 percent increase over last year’s event.

Several local businesses and organizations benefitted from the critical mass in downtown Los Alamos, including Fuller Lodge Art Center, reporting gallery sales five times the typical summer weekend; a local hotel reported an occupancy rate of 92.2 percent during ScienceFest weekend, compared to the average of 62 percent.

The Bradbury Science Museum reports that it beat its average 300 visitors per day, three out of four days with 421, 400 and 521 visitors.