Annual Water Festival

The Water Festival is an educational festival designed to celebrate our local watershed. The event is free to students, their teachers, and their chaperones.

The 17th Annual Water Festival will be held in Spring 2022!

The 17th Annual Water Festival, originally scheduled for September 2020, has been postponed.


Every year, environmental education organizations from around the Bay Area come together at Guadalupe River Park & Gardens to teach local students important hands-on science lessons based on topics such as water conservation, pollution prevention, the value of water as a natural resource, and how people can affect their watershed.

2019 Presenters

Bay Area Herpetological Society

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

City of San José Environmental Services Department

Environmental Volunteers

Marine Science Institute

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Santa Clara Valley Water

Save the Bay

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Youth Science Institute

Our City Forest


Formerly the Water Wizard Festival, the event has drawn 300 students and their teachers annually to the park. The event is free to students, their teachers, and their chaperones; our generous funders allow us to also provide each school with a transportation scholarship to cover bus costs.

2019 Schools

Alexander Rose Elementary

Anne Darling Elementary

O.B. Whaley Elementary

Samuel E. Stipe Elementary

Thomas P. Ryan Elementary


The Michael Lee Foundation

Equipment support provided by the City of San José Environmental Services Department.