• Festival Family Challenge? The Reports are Coming IN!


    We challenged families to try something new on "Festival Day," and we received some awesome responses! Click here to see what folks got up to!

  • Festival Family Challenge!


    Here is our challenge: On March 6 — the day that would have been this year’s Festival Day — you and your family try something new! Doesn't have to be complex or fancy — make a new recipe, take a hike on a new trail, make a video, write a story, create something crafty, do a science project, draw a funny T-shirt showing how Coronavirus messed up Festival this year. The possibilities are endless ...and so is YOUR IMAGINATION!

    But wait ...there’s more! Take pictures/video along the way and email them to us! We will put your ‘something new’ on our webpage! Send your pictures, name and a brief description to festival@bcsd.org ...then check out our webpage to see what your friends and neighbors did on Festival Day!

    We'll miss you this year, but we'll see you through YOUR Festival of Ideas!
    Can’t wait to see what you have learned!

    QUESTIONS? Email Martha Sciremammano at marthascire@gmail.com

  • Fresh Ideas for Families

    While COVID will keep us from having a real Festival of Ideas in 2021, we can still learn new things and have some fun! Several of our great Festival workshop presenters have helped us assemble a collection of online resources that you can use to #BrightonYourMind.  Click here to have a look.

Festival of Ideas - Sponsored by Brighton Central PTSA

  • Description

    This annual event, first held in 1990, is an educational "fun day" for Brighton students in grades 3 through 8. Each year, roughly 700 students participate in about 70 workshops led by members of the community. Most presenters are adults, but some of our workshops are led by students or clubs from Brighton High School and some are led by student organizations from local colleges.

    2020 was Festival's 31st year, and we just squeezed it in before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down! The mind-boggling array of workshops included returning favorites such as Cake Decorating, SCUBA Diving, Henna Tattoos, Model Airplanes, and Video Game Coding. For 2020, the lineup included exciting new entries such as Balloon-Powered Cars, Costume Design, Parkour, and String Art! Want the whole story? Click here to download the Idea Catalog in PDF form!


    Festival of Ideas was last held on Saturday, March 7, 2020. With the pandemic in full swing, we all missed Festival of Ideas in 2021, but Festival WILL return in 2022! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 5, 2022!


    Brighton High School


    Three sessions of 50-minute workshops. While most workshop presenters lead three sessions, some choose to lead only one or two. Workshops can be limited in size or restricted to a specific age group if the presenter wishes. In addition, the Festival committee and the school district collaborate to provide volunteer helpers, supplies and audiovisual equipment as required.


    The Festival of Ideas is sponsored by Brighton Central Parent-Teacher-Student Association, but is not a PTSA fund-raiser. Most presenters are volunteers, and the registration fee ($5 per student) is used to pay event costs.


    The Festival of Ideas committee is composed of Brighton parents and community members. The committee is chaired by Martha Sciremammano. Working on Festival is good clean fun! If you'd like to join the committee, please call Martha at 746-6818, or send her e-mail at marthascire@gmail.com.

    Idea Catalog and Festival Registration

    About six weeks before Festival, registration materials are distributed. Kids read the Idea Catalog and pre-register for the six workshops that most appeal to them using a registration form included in the packet.

    The Festival committee assigns each student to three workshops, based on space availability and other constraints. The kids receive their assignments -- a very exciting moment! -- on the day of the Festival.

    Volunteers Needed!

    Parents and friends, adults and teens are invited to join the fun. Festival simply couldn't happen without the help of many many volunteers, and we recruit volunteers at the same time that we register students for the event. Look for our Volunteer Signup Form, included with the event registration materials.

    Festival T-Shirts

    Each year, a student artist provides a cool new design for our official Festival of Ideas T-shirt. Download our T-Shirt Design Contest Form for all the details.

    To order a Festival T-shirt, return your T-Shirt Order Form with your Festival registration materials.

    2020 Photo Album

    Want to get a little feel for Festival? Visit the 2020 Photo Album!

    This year's photos -- almost 200 of them in all! -- came to us courtesy of Dan Goldman and Eric Gruner.

    Festival in the News

    BCSD videographer Eric Gruner provided a great feel for the event with this video detailing 2016's Festival of Ideas:


    Questions about Festival?

    Contact Martha Sciremammano, our Festival committee chairperson, at 746-6818 or marthascire@gmail.com.

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