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ROCKETOBERFEST Brings Family-Friendly Oktoberfest Celebration to the Discovery Center

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 5, 2018) — The Space Foundation is launching its inaugural ROCKETOBFEST on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

The all-ages event will feature interactive activities and games, beer, food trucks, live music and of course, space exhibits. The event is also a fundraiser benefiting the Space Foundation’s education programs, Sudden Arithmetic Death Syndromes (SADS) and the Pikes Peak Club.

Kathy Vinson, Space Foundation Vice President — Operations said, “The inaugural ROCKETOBERFEST provides a unique opportunity for our guests and their families to support the Space Foundation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs while enjoying a variety of local food, beverages, entertainment and fun activities.”

Locals may recall a similar fundraising event taking place in the backyard of Bite Me Gourmet Sausage owner, Bill Layton. His event raised funds for the SADS Foundation, in honor of his wife Sally, who has Long QT Syndrome, a condition of SADS. Having outgrown their home, the event has moved to the Space Foundation and morphed into ROCKETOBERFEST.

“I’m very excited to be the glue between these great organizations. I believe this could be the beginning of some great symbiotic relationships. They are all tied to helping kids,” said Layton.

ROCKETOBERFEST will kick off at noon on Sept. 15 at the Space Foundation Discovery Center and run until 5:00 p.m.

Beer ticket packages start at $35 per adult and include beer tickets, activity tickets, 10 percent off discount in the Discovery Center Store and $10 off an annual Discovery Center Passport.

The fees to participate in the activities without the beer package are regular Discovery Center admission rates.

Activities include:

  • Science On a Sphere® presentations
  • Virtual reality experience
  • Spray paint art
  • Plus more family-friendly activities

Enjoy food and beverage from Bite Me Gourmet Sausage, Bell Brothers Brewing, Budweiser, Colorado Common Hard Cider, Fossil Craft Beer, Goat Patch Brewing Co., Island Vibes Jamacian Cuisine, Josh & John’s Scopp Bus, Red Leg Brewing Company, Roasted Jalapeno, Smiling Toad Brewery, Storybrook Brewing, Trinity Brewing and music from The McCalls, C.D. Clark Music, Charlie Milo Trio, Twelve Valve Diesel and Pretty Vague.  

ROCKETOBERFEST is sponsored by Adams Bank & Trust, Alliance Storage Technologies, American National Bank, CB Insurance, Dunkin Donuts, Jacqueline Harlow — CHR, Deborah K. Jamieson, Accounting Services & Solutions, ENT Federal Credit Union, Front Range Barbeque, Glassical Designs, Inc, High West Siding and Windows, Inc., Johnson DDS, Richard Kiedlinger, Allstate Insurance Agency, Lucas Promotional Products, Nothing Bundt Cakes, O’Boyle Real Estate Group, ProSource Wholesale Floorcovering, Red Rock Capital, Refine Aesthetics, RMC Distributing Company and Willowstone Marketplace.

About the Discovery Center

Located only five minutes from Garden of the Gods Park, at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

For pricing and other information, visit, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000. 

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

Learn more about SADS and the Pikes Peak Club by visiting their websites.


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