At a glance
Date: After a hiatus, this festival returns in late January. 2024 dates are January 24-28.
Location: Port Canaveral, Florida, USA (new location; formerly in Titusville, Florida)
Summary: The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival, now hosted by a new local nonprofit with returning organizers, is one of the largest birding festivals in the United States. It brings together hundreds individuals to enjoy sunny Florida’s birds and nature-viewing opportunities.
Exhibitor information: Booths are $600 USD. Electricity and wifi are available. Booths will likely be separated by pipe and drape with limited wall space available. Speaking and guiding opportunities are also available to exhibitors.
My involvement: My biggest project with the Space Coast festival is developing and managing the SCBWF website through 2020. I’ve done lots of other digital work and some projects during the event, too, through the years. I’ve exhibited with a Nighthawk booth and guided during the festival.
Fun fact: The Titusville area is special to me because there’s where I went on my first birding trip. I was interning with Bird Watcher’s Digest at the time, and roomed with Elsa Thompson for a week! The trip was incredible, and you can tell that I caught the birding bug! (I’ll do a full post on that experience in the future!)
For festival attendees
Space Coast birding is fun, relaxed, and for many Americans, a great excuse for some warm sunshine in January! There are dozens of fantastic birding sites around Titusville, Florida, where the festival is located—a few of my favorites are Orlando Wetlands and Black Point Drive on Merritt Island. It’s also a great place for bird photography!
The festival has many, many field trips that are for all levels of interest in birds and nature. In addition, multiple keynotes and dozens of speakers and workshops fill the schedule throughout the week. Check out the festival website for everything available this year.