The Las Cruces Space Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico, near Spaceport America, will celebrate “Space for Everyone” : 

The first Las Cruces Space Festival (LCSF) will be held from April 12 – 14, 2018 to celebrate space-related activity and interest in the Las Cruces region. Locals as well as visitors are invited to join this inaugural celebration of all things space! We’re making space for everyone!

Space activity is an area of huge interest for many people, part of our culture and of our heritage. We all benefit from previous space innovations, including cell phones, GPS and weather tracking, just to name a few!

There is already much space-related activity in the area, and it’s also set to increase over the coming years, offering new prospects to our youth and drawing in experienced experts in the field to this area to help achieve our space goals.

More details about the Festival and events will continue to be updated on this site as they become available. Check back often for new events and details! We can’t wait for LCSF 2018 – it’s going to be out of this world!

More at Organizers release details of three-day Las Cruces Space Festival :

On Thursday, April 12, events will be geared toward children and families in a celebration of the anniversary of human space flight. Yuri’s Night, celebrated worldwide, marks the 1961 date when the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit around the Earth. 

Events will take place on the New Mexico State University campus and will include a mobile planetarium and a tech center featuring a space flight simulation. There will also be educational NMSU Space Talks and stargazing. Las Cruces Public Schools is also planning events earlier in the week.

On Friday, April 13, a Space Showcase at Mesilla Valley Mall will offer an opportunity for budding astronauts, curious minds and science buffs to interact with and ask questions from experts in space travel, aerospace and space exploration.

Virgin Galactic is bringing a full-scale replica of a SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocketship.

And there will be tours of the spaceport:

Festival organizers are also aiming to set up a space tour from Las Cruces to Spaceport America. KTAL 101.5 Community Radio in Las Cruces will broadcast special features and interviews throughout the week of the festival.