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star party graphicKeep up with astronomy and space events from coast to coast with these listings. They include star parties, museum events, public talks, and many other events. We'll add new activities as we hear about them, so check back often for events in your area.

We also have listings of observatories, planetariums, and other public facilities that offer views through telescopes at various times of the year.

See also: McDonald Observatory On-site Programs

If you want to add your event to this list, please send your information using "Star Party listing request" on our Contact Form.

West

 

Lithograph of Mare Humorum, a lunar "sea"

EXHIBITION
Radiant Beauty: E.L. Trouvelot's Astronomical Drawings

Exhibition of 18th-century lithographs
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
April 28-July 30, 2018
Admission

SKYWATCHING
Lunar Viewing Star Party

Rooster Rock State Park, Oregon
July 21, 2018, 7 p.m.-midnight
(503) 695-2261, ext. 228
Admission fees

SKYWATCHING
Summer Star Party! Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City, Utah

July 21, 2018, 8:30-11 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(435) 586-0787, ext. 4031

SKYWATCHING
Summer Star Party! Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City, Utah

July 28, 2018, 8:30-11 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(435) 586-0787, ext. 4031

EXHIBITION
Mars Roadshow

San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego
August 3-5, 2018
Admission
(619) 234-8291

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party, Antelope Valley State Park, Syracuse, Utah

August 4, 2018, 7 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Music & the Stars

Skywatching plus a musical performance
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
August 4, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

SKYWATCHING
Summer Star Party! Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City, Utah

August 4, 2018, 8:30-11 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(435) 586-0787, ext. 4031

EXHIBIT/EVENT
Mars InSight Road Show

Displays, presentations, and other activities
San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego
August 5-7, 2018
Admission

SKYWATCHING
Oregon Star Party

Ochoco National Forest, Oregon
August 7-12, 2018
Admission

LECTURE
Spitzer Beyond: The incredible continuing adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope

Sean Carey, Manager, Spitzer Science Center
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena
August 9, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Spitzer Beyond: The incredible continuing adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope

Sean Carey, Manager, Spitzer Science Center
Caltech, Pasadena
August 10, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

August 11, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

Lecture on famous women astronomers in history, followed by a star party
September 1, 2018, 7 p.m./sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Oracle State Park, Oracle, Arizona

September 1, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(520) 896-2425

SKYWATCHING
Music & the Stars

Skywatching plus a musical performance
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
September 1, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

LECTURE
NASA at 60: The Role of the Robots

Panel discussion
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
September 6, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
[email protected]: The Role of the Robots

Panel discussion
Caltech, Pasadena, California
September 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party, Antelope Valley State Park, Syracuse, Utah

September 29, 2018; solar viewing at 5 p.m., night sky viewing at dark
Park entrance fees
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

October 6, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
Music & the Stars

Skywatching plus a musical performance
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
October 6, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party, Antelope Valley State Park, Syracuse, Utah

October 13, 2018; solar viewing at 5 p.m., night sky viewing at dark
Park entrance fees
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Star Party, Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

November 3, 2018, sunset
Park entrance fees
(928) 289-4106

SKYWATCHING
November Skies

Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
November 3, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

SKYWATCHING
Turning Back the Sun: Winter Solstice

Daytime activities plus nighttime skywatching
Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, New Mexico
December 1, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m.
Park entrance fees
(575) 524-4068

East

 

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

July 24, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
July 28, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing Cruise

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
July 28, 2018, 9 p.m.
(501) 868-5806
Admission: $15 adults, $8 children ages 6-12; advance registration required

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze Sunday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
Watching the Sun through solar telescopes
July 29, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

July 31, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
August 4, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Nebraska Star Party

Snake Campground, Merritt Reservoir, near Valentine, Nebraska
August 5-10, 2018
Admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 7, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Perseids Meteor Shower Palooza

DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck, Arkansas
(501) 865-5810
August 9-13, 2018
Admission

SKYWATCHING
Universe in the Park

Lake Maria State Park, Monticello, Minnesota
August 10, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(763) 878-2325
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee
August 10, 2018, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
(931) 879-5821
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Universe in the Park

William O'Brien State Park, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota
August 11, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(651) 433-0500 x227
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Perseid Meteor Shower

Whitewater State Park, Elba, Minnesota
August 11, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(507) 312-2300
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy and Stargazing

Glacial Lakes State Park, Elba, Minnesota
August 11, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(320) 239-2860
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy and Stargazing

McCarthy Beach State Park, Side Lake, Minnesota
August 11, 2018
(218) 274-7200
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Perseid Meteor Shower Night

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia
Astronomy presentation followed by skywatching
August 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Park admission fees

SKYWATCHING
Meteor Shower Mania

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 11, 2018, 9 p.m.
(501) 868-5806
Admission: $15 adults, $8 children ages 6-12; advance registration required

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville, Arkansas
August 11, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
(479) 559-2593

Free admission


SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 14, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Gazing Cruise

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
August 18, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(501) 868-5806
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky of the Northwoods

Lake Vermillion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, Tower, Minnesota
August 18, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(218) 300-7000
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Big Bog Night Sky: Much Ado About Mars!

Big Bog State Recreation Area, Waskish, Minnesota
August 18, 2018, 8:30-10 p.m.
(218) 647-8592
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Mars Starwatch Party

Camden State Park, Lynd, Minnesota
August 25, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(507) 865-4530
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 21, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze Sunday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
Watching the Sun through solar telescopes
August 26, 2018, Noon-4 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Night, The High Line, Manhattan, New York

August 28, 2018, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargaze Saturday

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
September 1, 2018, 8-11 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Telescope Viewing on Mt. Tom

Sibley State Park, New London, Minnesota
September 2, 2018, 8-9 p.m.
(320) 354-2055
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Withrow Springs State Park, Huntsville, Arkansas
September 7, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
(479) 559-2593

Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy and Stargazing

Glacial Lakes State Park, Elba, Minnesota
September 8, 2018, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
(320) 239-2860
Park admission fee

SKYWATCHING
Lecture/Star Party: Neptune at Opposition

Hobbs State Park, Rogers, Arkansas
September 8, 2018; lecture at 7 p.m., stargazing at 8 p.m.
(479) 789-5000

Free admission

LECTURE
Shadow Science: Using Eclipses to Shed New Light on Heavenly Bodies

James L. Green
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
September 12, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission


SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
September 15, 2018, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
(501) 868-5806
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Fall Equinox Celebration

Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park, Scott, Arkansas
September 22, 2018, 5-7:30 p.m.
(501) 961-9442
$4 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, under 12 free

LECTURE
Titan - An Exotic Ocean World Waiting to Be Explored

Melissa Trainer
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
October 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Fall Astronomy Day

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee
October 13, 2018, 9:30 p.m.
(931) 879-5821
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Astronomy and Stargazing

Glacial Lakes State Park, Elba, Minnesota
October 13, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(320) 239-2860
Park admission fee