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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.

Because weather conditions can change rapidly, we suggest calling or checking the event website for details before attending the skywatching events.

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

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SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
May 18, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
May 25, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(254) 694-3793, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Inks Lake Star Party

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas
May 25, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(512) 793-4689

SKYWATCHING
Road Map to the Night Sky

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California
June 1, 2019, 9 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse, Utah
June 1, 2019
Park entrance fees apply
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Fremont Peak Observatory Star Party

Fremont Peak State Park, San Juan Bautista, California
June 1, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
$6 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Etscorn Observatory, Socorro, New Mexico
June 1, 2019
Free admission
(575) 835-6802

SKYWATCHING
Celebrate the Stars

Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
June 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
(435) 259-4712

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas
June 1, 2019, 9 p.m.
Free admission
(325) 267-4871

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
June 7, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

LECTURE, SKYWATCHING
We Were the Discoverers: Witnessing the Exoplanet Revolution

Lecture by Arpita Roy followed by stargazine
Caltech, Pasadena, California

June 7, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
June 8, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
June 8, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(254) 694-3793, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Oasis State Park, Portales, New Mexico
June 8, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 356-5331

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
June 8, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Gravitational Lensing: Bends in Spacetime

Lecture followed by telescope viewing
Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, California
June 8, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission (parking pass required)

SKYWATCHING
Fremont Peak Observatory Star Party

Fremont Peak State Park, San Juan Bautista, California
June 8, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
$6 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Full Moon Tour

Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, New Mexico
June 14, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Free admission
(505) 425-8025, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Full Moon Tour

Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, New Mexico
June 14, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Free admission
(505) 425-8025, ext. 0

LECTURE
Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: Designing Tomorrow's Space Missions Today

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
June 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: Designing Tomorrow's Space Missions Today

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, California
June 21, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer Solstice Sunrise Observation

Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec, New Mexico
June 21 and 22, 2019, 5:30 a.m.
Free admission
(505) 334-6174

SKYWATCHING
Solstice Sun Watching

Cerrillos Hills State Park, Cerrillos, New Mexico
June 22, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
$5 admission fee per vehicle
(505) 474-0196

SKYWATCHING
2019 Grand Canyon Star Party

Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Events on both North Rim and South Rim

June 22-29, 2019
(928) 638-7641

SKYWATCHING
Family Stargazing Night

Red Rock Park, Churchrock, New Mexico
June 29, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission
(928) 638-7641

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Astronomy Program

Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, New Mexico
June 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission
(505) 425-8025, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Fremont Peak Observatory Star Party

Fremont Peak State Park, San Juan Bautista, California
June 29, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
$6 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas
June 29, 2019, 9 p.m.
Free admission
(325) 267-4871

SKYWATCHING
Badlands Astronomy Festival

Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota
July 5-7, 2019
(605) 433-5361

SKYWATCHING
Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
July 6, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(254) 694-3793, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Inks Lake Star Party

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas
July 6, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(512) 793-4689

SKYWATCHING
Jupiter and its Moons

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
July 6, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Oasis State Park, Portales, New Mexico
July 6, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 356-5331

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
July 13, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Cassini's Spectacular Final Year at Saturn

Lecture followed by telescope viewing
Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, California
July 13, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission (parking pass required)

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
July 26, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Astronomy Program

Fort Union National Monument, Watrous, New Mexico
July 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission
(505) 425-8025, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Saturn: Time and Agriculture

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
August 3, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

LECTURE
Small Worlds, Big Science

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
August 8, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
Small Worlds, Big Science

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, California
August 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
August 10, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Astrobiology Under Uur Feet and Out to the Stars

Lecture followed by telescope viewing
Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, California
August 10, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission (parking pass required)

SKYWATCHING
Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing

Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas
August 10, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Free admission
(325) 267-4871

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Oasis State Park, New Mexico
August 10, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 356-5331

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
August 23, 2019, 8 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
August 24, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(254) 694-3793, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse, Utah
August 24, 2019
Park entrance fees apply
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
September 7, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Oasis State Park, New Mexico
September 7, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 356-5331

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Mission: Mars

Lecture followed by telescope viewing
Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, California
September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission (parking pass required)

LECTURE
It Broke! Stories of How We Fixed It

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
September 19, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
It Broke! Stories of How We Fixed It

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, California
September 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
September 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse, Utah
September 21, 2019
Park entrance fees apply
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Star Party: Our Place in Space

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
September 28, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
October 5, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Moon Viewing Program

Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas
October 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Free admission
(325) 267-4871

LECTURE/SKYWATCHING
Illuminating Dark Matter

Lecture followed by telescope viewing
Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, California
October 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission (parking pass required)

LECTURE
The Other 95% of the Universe

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
October 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

LECTURE
The Other 95% of the Universe

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, California
October 18, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
October 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Star Party: Cygnus and Lyra

Oliver Lee State Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico
October 26, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(575) 437-8284

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Antelope Island State Park, Syracuse, Utah
October 26, 2019
Park entrance fees apply
(801) 725-9263

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
November 2, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Inks Lake Star Party

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas
November 2, 2019, 6 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(512) 793-4689

SKYWATCHING
Star Party in the Park

Lake Whitney State Park, Whitney, Texas
November 2, 2019, 8 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(254) 694-3793, ext. 0

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
November 22, 2019, 7 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

SKYWATCHING
Public Star Party

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
December 7, 2019, 2-9:45 p.m.
(213) 473-0800
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, Texas
December 14, 2019, 5 p.m.
Park admission fees apply
(830) 868-7304

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, Colorado
December 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
$10 per adult, children 15 and younger free
(719) 748-3253

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SKYWATCHING
Stargazing Through Telescopes

Indiana Dunes National Park, Porter, Indiana
May 25, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
(219) 395-1821

EVENT
Mars Celebration

Mars, Pennsylvania
May 31-June 2, 2019
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, Georgia
June 1, 2019, 8 p.m.
(706) 657-4050
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
June 1, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee
June 7, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
S'mores N' More: Stargazing

S'mores at the campfire followed by skywatching
Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen, Georgia
June 7, 2019, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
(478) 982-1660
$2 admission fee plus $5 parking

EVENT
Chandra X-Ray Observatory 20th Anniversary

Full-dome planetarium presentation by Kim Kowal Arcand, Mary McDonald
Framingham State University Planetarium, Framingham, Massachusetts
June 21, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
Free admission

EVENT
Summer Solstice Celebration

Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York
Solar viewing, lantern making, solstice stories, night sky watching
June 21, 2019, 6-10 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
S'mores N' More: Stargazing

S'mores at the campfire followed by skywatching
Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen, Georgia
June 7, 2019, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
(478) 982-1660
$2 admission fee plus $5 parking

SKYWATCHING
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

Stargazing from the Okefenokee Swamp
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, Georgia
June 8, 2019, 9-9:45 p.m.
(912) 637-5274
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Observatory Open House

Tour and skywatching at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
June 8, 2019, 9:30 p.m.
(404) 275-3974

SKYWATCHING
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

Stargazing from the Okefenokee Swamp
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, Georgia
June 15, 2019, 9-9:45 p.m.
(912) 637-5274
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Night in the Park Hike/Star Gazing

Stargazing during a 1.5-mile hike
Georgia Veterans State Park & Resort, Cordele, Georgia
June 15, 2019, 9-10 p.m.
(229) 276-2371
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

Stargazing from the Okefenokee Swamp
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, Georgia
June 22, 2019, 9-9:45 p.m.
(912) 637-5274
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

Stargazing from the Okefenokee Swamp
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, Georgia
June 29, 2019, 9-9:45 p.m.
(912) 637-5274
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
June 30, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission

EVENT
Outdoor Cinema: Cielo

Movie about the night sky over the Atacama Desert of Chile; directed by Alison McAlpine; 78 minutes
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York
July 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee
July 5, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Free

SKYWATCHING
Observatory Open House

Tour and skywatching at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
July 6, 2019, 9:15 p.m.
(404) 275-3974

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, Georgia
July 6, 2019, 8 p.m.
(706) 657-4050
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
July 6, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
July 28, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
August 3, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, Georgia
August 3, 2019, 8 p.m.
(706) 657-4050
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Observatory Open House

Tour and skywatching at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
August 3, 2019, 9 p.m.
(404) 275-3974

SKYWATCHING
Perseid Shooting Star Party

Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
August 10, 2019, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
(706) 557-3001
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
August 25, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Night Sky Program

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park, Jamestown, Tennessee
August 30, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Free

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
September 7, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Star Party

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn, Georgia
September 7, 2019, 8 p.m.
(706) 657-4050
$5 parking fee

SKYWATCHING
Observatory Open House

Tour and skywatching at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
September 7, 2019, 8:15 p.m.
(404) 275-3974

SKYWATCHING
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze

Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York
September 29, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Free admission

EVENT
The Future of Space Exploration: Insights from Science Fiction

September 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham, Massachusetts
Free admission

SKYWATCHING
Observatory Open House

Tour and skywatching at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory
Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge, Georgia
October 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
(404) 275-3974

EVENT
The Future of Space Exploration: An Ethical Perspective

October 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham, Massachusetts
Free admission

EVENT
The Future of Space Exploration: The Policy Perspective

Teasel Muir-Harmony, National Air and Space Museum; Alissa Haddaji, Harvard Kennedy School
November 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.
McCarthy Center Forum, Framingham, Massachusetts
Free admission