YURI'S NIGHT: Space Coast

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Space Commerce Way
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Saturday, April 15th 2023

Doors open at 8:00 PM



Retired NASA Astronaut Winston Scott, a black man with short black hair and a black mustache, smiling in his bulky, white Extra Vehicular Activity suit

Winston Scott

Winston Scott, retired US Navy Captain and former NASA Astronaut. Winston served as mission specialist on STS-72 and STS-87 logging a total of 24 days, 14 hours, and 24 minutes in space. He’s also the author of the book Reflections from Earth Orbit.

Dr Sian Proctor

American Commercial Astronaut, geology professor, and science communicator. On September 15, 2021, she was launched into Earth’s orbit as the pilot of the Crew Dragon capsule. This mission was the Inspiration4 private orbital spaceflight.

Dr Chris Boshuizen

Co-founder of Planet Labs, providing unprecedented daily, global mapping of our changing planet from space. Dr Boshuizen will also be spinning on the main stage as his persona “Dr Chrispy” and performed at previous Yuri’s Night events.

Frank White

Author. Space Philosopher. Consultant. Frank White is best known for authoring “The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution”.

The 2023 J.E.D.I. Space Award 

The JEDI Space Award is an annual award given by the Proctor Foundation for Art and Space in partnership with Yuri’s Night. It recognizes a space community member, organization, or company actively striving to create a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space (JEDI Space) on Earth and Beyond. You can learn more about Dr. Sian Proctor, her spaceflight and her mission to bring together art, space and inclusion on the Proctor Foundation for Art and Space website.

The award is created with space flown materials and will be presented live by Dr. Sian Proctor!


Space Shuttle Atlantis Pavilion

Space Shuttle Atlantis

After 33 missions and orbiting the earth 4,848 times, Atlantis rests in beauty as the center of our event. Gaze into the cargo bay as you enter the building and learn about re-entry on your way to the event space. Join us as we celebrate humankind beneath Atlantis’ delta wings all night long.


R2 units of various kinds in front of space shuttle Atlantis


Meet an array of incredible mechanical friends and the humans that created them! Learn how hobbyists and professional designers create custom droids of all kinds–and from a wide variety of shows and movies! Be sure to grab a photo with a few of your favorites.

Interactive Outreach

Learn about the awe and wonder of space as you immerse yourself in virtual reality from local space chroniclers with Cosmic Perspective.

Listen to inspiring discussions from The Inspired 24, an inclusive growing group of like-minded, space positive people working together to promote the democratization of space

Get sporty with Space United as they advance access to space through sports! Learn about how they’ve launched a professional football club founded by space engineers with the mission to leverage sport’s global influence to uplift communities while advancing the development of sports in space!

Mission: Astro Access

Dedicated to promoting disability inclusion in space exploration and paving the way for disabled astronauts, AstroAccess is leading the way! Learn about how you can get involved with launching disabled scientists, veterans, students, athletes, and artists on parabolic flights with the Zero-G.

Postcards to SPACE

Join Club for the Future as they inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM by sending art to space–and back! Draw your vision of the future on a postcard that will go to space on a Blue Origin rocket!

Red Carpet Photos

It’s not an event without a red carpet to prove you were in attendance, right? Grab your crew and pose for our photographer in front of our backdrop thanks to our sponsors! While you’re there you might brush elbows with a celebrity or even a droid!

Various characters from Star Wars stand in front of the External Tank at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Cosmic Cosplay

Will you meet a Jedi? A Mandalorian? A Ghostbuster? (Don’t let the Jawas near your car!) Costume crafters of all kinds will be showing off their best outfits for you. Look for them as you arrive and all through the night!

Incredible Volunteers

As you approach the might Space Shuttle Atlantis Pavilion, take a moment to check out 



HUGE THANKS goes to our incredible

VOLUNTEER TEAM that put this whole event together!


Be sure to eat a good dinner before General Admission starts at 8pm. We will have tables of chips and snacks to keep you going but not enough to replace a meal! The food is included in your ticket price. The VIP reception will have light hors d’oeuvres.

Since this is a night club environment we don’t encourage people to bring kids. But just like at Burning Man, some people will. If you would bring your kids to Burning Man, feel free to bring them to Yuri’s Night. We are only checking your age if you want to drink. 

Yuri’s Night is a grassroots annual event with hundreds of parties around the globe (and beyond!) centered around April 12, the anniversary of the first human spaceflight and the first launch of the space shuttle. These events celebrate all that humanity brings with us as we explore the cosmos: music, art, science, culture, and each other! Local groups, science centers, museums, NGOs, and other non-profit groups independently produce events in the US and worldwide. We use space to bring the world together, to empower the greatest parts of who we are, and give vision to where we are going. 

Yuri’s Night Space Coast will be filled with dancing, drinks, art, costumes, and all things space. You might bump into an astronaut, a rocket scientist or Mars rover mission controller at the party… You start at the pre-party, then listen to a space explorer share her experience first hand, then we bring the lights down for you to take your own epic journey. Every room will be filled with art and immersive entertainment.  DJs will be spinning until midnight and we will be dancing under the Space Shuttle Atlantis celebrating space, art and the power to bring us all together here on our beloved home world.


Designed on Earth. Made with star stuff. Rock the planet.