What is Science Rendezvous?

Science Rendezvous is a free annual all-day festival that brings science out of the lab and onto the street with the ultimate goal of improving student enrolment as well as public involvement in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields. Occurring simultaneously at over 40 sites across 30 Canadian cities, this event offers visitors of all ages and backgrounds the chance to interact with world-class researchers, witness awe-inspiring demonstrations, partake in hands-on experiments and, above all, have fun while discovering science in a whole new way!

When and where is the festival?

The festival takes place every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This year, it will take place on Saturday, May 13th. The location of the festival is listed as 100 St. George Street but it will take place all along St. George Street from College Street to Harbord Street.

How much does it cost and where do I get tickets?

You don’t need tickets and the festival is completely free to attend! Drop by for an hour, come for the whole day, it is up to you!

How do I get there?

Public transportation is available. The closest subways stops are Queens Park and St. George stations, with both being under a 5 minute walk to our festival. Check www.ttc.ca for further public transport options.

Driving your own car is another option. Science rendezvous does not provide parking but there are multiple parking lots available close by. Check here and here for more information.

What is this year’s festival’s theme?

To keep our festival fresh and exciting every year we centre our festivities around a unified theme. 2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday and Science Rendezvous 10th anniversary. Our festival this year will therefor be centred around Canadian research, innovation, and achievement in S.T.E.M. over the past 150 years. This will help to show the younger generation how science, technology, engineering, and math have, and will continue to, shape our lives here in Canada each and every day.

What can I expect to see at the festival?

S.T.E.M. Pavilions will line St. George Street with over 100 awe-inspiring demonstrations and hands-on experiments that showcase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year come and see robots, solar cars, and 3D worlds, build bridges and arches, solve math tricks, identify earth’s minerals, observe tabletop river bedforms, make slime, extract DNA, meet with zebrafish, leeches, and hissing cockroaches, and much, much more!

Also check out the Toronto District Science Fair & our Amazing Science Chase!

How can I get involved?

We rely heavily on our executive team and our volunteers to help us run the festival. Science Rendezvous U of T is the collective work of about 25-30 executive members and a few hundred volunteers, both of which help us to run things on the day of the festival as well as help us throughout the planning and preparation processes. Want to volunteer on festival day? Check out the Get Involved tab in the spring of each year for our call for volunteers. Want to get further involved or interested in joining our executive team? Check our Facebook page in the fall of each year for our call for executive members.