VanGo! STEAM Festival in Little Italy

Soap box cars will race down Little Italy’s State Street at the 4th annual VanGo! Soapbox Derby STEAM event on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate science, technology, engineering and the arts at Washington Elementary School. The free, family-friendly event will include refreshments, live entertainment, an art exhibit and arts and crafts.

“The Little Italy Association is excited to support an event that draws children, parents and businesses together,” said Chris Gomez, Little Italy Association’s district manager. “It’s important to the Little Italy community to encourage its local students to express themselves creatively and demonstrate their skills to the neighborhood.”

The soap box cars featured in the derby are designed and created by the students of Washington Elementary School with the help of sponsorships from local businesses. These soap box cars will be raced down State Street by the children of Washington Elementary.

The free soap box racing STEAM event in Little Italy promotes the integration of sciences and arts through interactive STEAM experiences. VanGo! features activities like a silly soap box race, fine arts exhibition, live music, visual and performing arts entertainment and a beer and wine garden.  The STEAM event will take place in Amici Park.

All profits made at the VanGo! STEAM Festival will benefit the students of Washington Elementary School located at 1789 State Street in Little Italy.

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About Little Italy Association (LIA)

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation for the public’s benefit, the Little Italy Association (LIA) advocates on behalf of its members’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion and economic development, while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in the Little Italy neighborhood of Downtown San Diego. LIA stands as the only district management corporation of its kind for any Little Italy neighborhood in the United States and is run by a Board of Directors encompassing 28 people who represent property owners, residents, businesses and community at large. More information can be found by visiting or by calling (619) 233-3898.