Dark Sky Festival

2015 Harmony Dark Sky Festival12th Annual Dark Sky Festival
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Harmony Town Square
3500 Harmony Square Dr W
5-10PM
Free admission & parking

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Be Part of the Solution, Fight Light Pollution!

Join us for this fun filled family educational festival which will feature:

  • A Telescope Zone with over 50 scopes setup for public viewing
  • Planetarium Shows
  • A Kids Zone with various bounce houses and rides
  • Stage entertainment shows
  • NASA Interactive Exhibits
  • A visit from the 501st Legion (Star Wars characters)
  • A wide variety of craft, retail, and food vendors to explore
  • Fun for all ages and much more!

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are an essential element to make our festival successful. All volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt, food and drinks, and community service hours (if applicable). Contact to participate.

VENDORS

Harmony strides in having a wide variety of vendors at our festivals for guests to enjoy. Apply by contacting events@melroselifestyle.com (Spaces are limited and granted on a first come first served basis.)

SPONSORS

Are you interested in promoting your business by partnering with our festivals in Harmony? We have a multitude of programs and options to best suit you. Contact Amber Sambuca at asambuca@harmonyfl.com or 407-891-1616 x201.

Email events@melroselifestyle.com with any questions.

What is Dark Sky about?

The purpose of the Dark Sky Festival at Harmony is to expose the general public to the marvels of astronomy and the importance of protecting dark skies – not just for astronomy purposes, but also for the values that darkness provides to area wildlife. Our entire family-friendly festival is held outdoors in low light conditions on the streets, sidewalks and park located in Harmony Town Square. Due to Harmony’s efforts and the support of the County Commissioners, an ordinance now requires new lighting in the County to be protective of dark skies. In a county that includes portions of Walt Disney World and has extensive brightly lit tourist commercial uses, this was a significant event in itself. In addition, all County facilities were retrofitted to better protect the night sky.
Harmony is an environmentally intelligent community located in Central Florida and was chosen as the site for the Dark Sky Festival for several reasons:

Harmony Town Square, where the event is held, is in an area rated as Class 4 on the Bortle Scale of Light Pollution.

The developer has committed to protecting dark skies. For example, all street lighting, any park lighting and other public lighting uses full cut off fixtures. Private residential and commercial lighting is also held to this standard.

The Central Florida Astronomical Society, Melbourne Astronomical Society, and the Brevard Astronomical Society use Harmony as one of their observing locations in Central Florida.