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Da Vinci Fest

Art Fair Science Fair Upcycling Fair
Science Challenge Spoken Word Film Fest

Join us at Da Vinci Fest on Jan. 5, 2019,

1-5 pm, Stillwater Area High School

Da Vinci Fest is a free community event that is a celebration of art and science. At its core, it’s an event to demonstrate the incredible talents and creativity of the youth who live in the St. Croix Valley. With the addition of educational exhibits, demonstrations and performances by organizations all across the Twin Cities, it becomes an art and science extravaganza!

We need lots of volunteers to make this thing happen. It will be the most affirming, heart-warming, soul-satisfying thing you’ll do this year. Guaranteed.

Yes, I want to Volunteer!


The Upcycling Fair will be a competitive event for students. There are two separate categories available to students in grades 4 through 12:  artistic (creating a nonfunctional work of art) and usable (creating a functional object). 

Both categories require participants to create their projects with at least 80% of found or discarded objects.

More information about the Student Upcycling Fair

More information about the Student Art Fair

More information about the Student Science Fair

More information about the Stillwater Science Challenge

More information about the Student Film Fest

More information about Student Spoken Word


Interested in being a sponsor for the 2019 Da Vinci Fest? Email Beverly Petrie or call 651-439-3172.

Exhibitors' showcase

Every year, we invite businesses and groups to present interactive and hands-on science, technology and art exhibits to inspire and motivate K-12 students and parents who attend Da Vinci Fest. The exhibitor booths complement the student projects and provide a unique glimpse at how science, art and technology apply in the real world.

This year’s exhibitors include:

  • 3M Wizards

  • Artisan Environments

  • Bayport Library

  • Belle Ballet

  • Belwin Conservatory

  • Build/Design/Stillwater Middle School

  • Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

  • Created with Code

  • Printmaker Dana Lemoine

  • Dia Sorin

  • Gerten’s

  • Hamline University Center for Global Environmental Education

  • HUSH

  • Artist Karron Nottingham

  • Lakeland Library

  • Weaver Lauren Oland

  • Mathnasium

  • Master Gardeners in Washington County

  • Metro Ice Sculptor Tom Schiller

  • Minnesota Astronomical Society

  • Minnesota Droid Builder’s Club

  • Minnesota Force

  • Minnesota Department of Transpotation – STEM Outreach

  • Minnesota Mycological Society

  • Potter Peter Jadoonath

  • PowerUP

  • Rob Ellos Presentations

  • Rural Renewal Energy Alliance

  • Society of Women Engineers

  • Star Lab

  • Coding and Sustainable Stillwater

  • Stillwater Area High School Physics Club

  • Stillwater Bee Club

  • Stillwater Library

  • Stillwater Native American Parent Adivsory Committee

  • Stillwater Area Public Schools

  • TechDump

  • The Shire

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

  • Warner Nature Center

  • Washington Country 4H

  • Washington County Snowplowing

  • White Bear Center for the Arts.

We are always looking for new exhibitors to delight the thousands of families and community members who attend Da Vinci Fest each year. If you know of an organization or business with a unique, interactive display or demonstration that may be interested in outreach with kids and families, please email Kristie Smith.


The 2018 Da Vinci Fest

We were delighted that Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined us at the 10th Annual Da Vinci Fest in January 2018. Da Vinci Fest gives students a chance to show their talents and smarts in a Science Fair, Art Fair, Film Fest, Spoken Word and Science Challenge events. But it’s also a HUGE community event with educational exhibits, demonstrations and performances.

Sen. Klobuchar helped us kick off the Stillwater Science Challenge, an on-the-spot science competition in the manner of the Science Olympiad. Before that, she spoke about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education in the economic competitiveness of the country.