Santa Fe Railyard Plaza tilt-shift drone capture by Stephen Guerin
The Santa Fe Railyard District
Community Event

The first annual InterPlanetary Festival will draw space enthusiasts from around the world for a two-day celebration of human ingenuity June 7-8, 2018, in Santa Fe, NM. The festival will transform the Railyard District in downtown Santa Fe with an expo showcasing innovation and technology for space exploration. Concurrent with the expo, participants can enjoy open-air concerts, maker spaces, lectures, panel discussions, food, beer, and citizen science projects and games centered around InterPlanetary topics.

"This is a festival where we’re asking people to come and have fun, but also to contribute towards a global challenge of becoming an InterPlanetary civilization…” says SFI President David Krakauer.

Additional information about the scope of the Project here.

As a global destination for both the arts and sciences, Santa Fe is the ideal location for a festival that celebrates innovation across these domains. The InterPlanetary Festival coincides with the opening of the CURRENTS New Media art installation, and the inaugural Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCON) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is uniquely qualified as a scientific and artistic capital of the world, in 2018 we plan to make Santa Fe the innovations capital of the Universe. "The arts — visual arts, cinematic, literary, musical — expand our imaginations and they explore territories that we don't even know exist. I've always felt that science wouldn't function without the arts. Art plays a critical role in the InterPlanetary Project."

The InterPlanetary Project is a collaboration between the Santa Fe Institute and a variety of fantastic city-wide partners, including Currents New Media, MAKE Santa Fe, SITE Santa Fe, Creative Santa Fe, Jean Cocteau Cinema, Violet Crown Cinema, The Center for Contemporary Arts, The Santa Fe Children's Museum, Exploratorium, IAIA, The Railyard Community Corporation, The Screen at SFUAD, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Thornburg Investment Management, Form & Concept Gallery, Second Street Brewery, and many others.

If you or your organization would like to support or be involved in the 2018 inaugural InterPlanetary Festival, please contact Caitlin McShea at or call 505.946.3651